The Daily Mail reports: “EU Budget Commissioner Janusz Lewandowski said Brussels overspent its budget by an astonishing £20billion last year” and that “the cash would be taken from this year’s budget in the short term.” The article points out that “A request on this scale would cost British taxpayers about £2.5billion this year – more than the entire annual budget of the Foreign Office.” Bill Cash described the situation as ‘completely unacceptable’. He was quoted as saying ‘They are stretching the patience of the British taxpayer beyond breaking point. We cannot go on just paying up every time they come back with their begging bowl.’
Crimea is now Russian, as in, it belongs to Russia. It was largely Russian beforehand of course, but due to the absurdities of Communism, became Ukrainian. Now the mainly ethnic Russian population who live there are directly under the protection of Russian forces.
The idea of a federal Europe is not new; in fact it goes back to the early days of the European Community. And then Jacques Delors started talking about it in the early 90s. As Margaret Thatcher said, in her statement to the House of Commons on the European Council held in October 1990, Jacques Delors "wanted the European Parliament to be the democratic body of the Community, he wanted the Commission to be the Executive and he wanted the Council of Ministers to be the Senate”. Hence, the European Commission’s drive for a EU federal state is not new but it has been revived due to the euro crisis. Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, and particularly Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission are doing everything they can to drive the EU towards a political union as they believe that a creation of a federal Europe is the only possible way to address the causes of the sovereign debt crisis. In fact, they believe that a democratic and effective EU must be based on a stronger political union between its member states. Nothing could be further from the truth.
How the mighty have fallen. From bouncer to President, and now fugitive on the run, Victor Yanukovich must be regretting letting his and his country’s future slip from the strong position he held. Having set a new foreign policy and positioned Ukraine in an intriguing middle-way position between Europe and Russia, failure to deal with his own cronyism and corruption is likely to lead to serious long-term instability for the country.
It is well know that Brussels and the eurozone leaders have not been concerned in ensuring the rule of law. In fact, they have breached the EU Treaties in order to save the euro. All measures adopted to tackle the debt crisis, including the EFSF and the ESM are not in line with the EU Treaties.
The House of Commons decided, yesterday, pursuant to Article 6 of Protocol (No 2) on the Application of the Principles of Subsidiarity and Proportionality, to send to the Presidents of the Council, the European Parliament and the Commission a Reasoned Opinion stating that the Draft Directive on the strengthening of certain aspects of the presumption of innocence and of the right to be present at trial in criminal proceedings (European Union Document No. 17621/13 and Addenda 1 to 3) does not comply with the principle of subsidiarity, for the reasons set out in the annex to Chapter One of the Thirty-second Report of the European Scrutiny Committee.
During the debate Bill Cash made the following interventions:
The European Commission has recently published the first EU Anti-Corruption Report, which monitors and evaluates Member States’ efforts in this area. According to the European Commission “EU Member States have in place most of the necessary legal instruments and institutions to prevent and fight corruption” nevertheless, “the results they deliver are not satisfactory across the EU.” The Commission’s report highlights member states good practices and weaknesses, but it has not “named and shamed”. The Commission has analyzed the anti corruption measures in place in each member state, it has identified and addressed problematic areas by making recommendations. Obviously, the level of corruption as well as the effectiveness of measures taken to fight it, is different among Member State.
William Cash (Stone, Conservative): While I congratulate my right hon. Friend on the European Union (Referendum) Bill, and the whole House of Commons on passing it, will he tell us whether the dead parrot is merely resting? Does he have a Baldrick-like plan to use the Parliament Act so that we can get it squawking again?