Glen Ruffle: EU vote: Europe’s grip on our foreign policy

Much will be said about the European Union in the coming months. Why be a puppet and vote as the parties tell you when you can go straight to the source information and discover the truth yourself?
So here is the link to the consolidated EU treaties as amended by the Treaty of Lisbon: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/228848/7310.pdf

And here is a summary of some of the foreign policy articles in the Treaty on European Union – and what they mean – for Britain.

- Preface – currently commits the UK to establishing a common citizenship (building a European state) and to “ever closer union”.
- Article 3.5 – the EU adopts cultural imperialism, upholding and promoting its values in the wider world, the arrogance of which has become one of the key reasons the West is facing more danger from terrorism.
- Article 4.3 – the UK is bound to assist other EU states in carrying out any task that flows from the Treaties.
- Article 10.4 – the Treaty confers on European political parties the idea of a European consciousness that expresses the will of the people of Europe.
In reality, the EU political parties are fragile constructions comprised of many different viewpoints, consisting of many politicians elected for the sole purpose of promoting their country’s exit from the EU!
This article is purely an attempt from on high to cloak the EU project in democratic legitimacy.
- Article 15.2 – creates an EU foreign minister, adding to the tax burden and promoting the integration of foreign and security policies, despite these supposedly remaining under national sovereignty (Article 4.2).
- Article 21 – commits the EU to supporting the UN system. This is the system in which the UK has a veto on the Security Council; yet Article 34 (below) begins the process by which Britain’s UN veto shall become Europe’s property.
- Article 24.1 – the EU’s “…competence in matters of common foreign and security policy shall cover all areas of foreign policy…”
- Article 26 – the “…European Council shall identify the Union’s strategic interests…for the common foreign and security policy, including for matters with defence implications.”
Vastly reduced is the role of Parliament in Britain: the dilution of democracy the EU project represents continues apace.
And later, 26.3 states that the High Representative (EU foreign minister) shall put into effect the policy “using national and Union resources”. This is as clear as it gets that the EU is to have its own forces and to have authority to take and control Britain’s forces, potentially tying our soldiers into conflicts in which the British people do not want to participate.
More proof of the EU’s ambitions to create an army for its embryonic state came in March 2016, when Jean-Claude Juncker called in a German news magazine for a European military to “take on Europe’s responsibilities in the world”.

Whatever the government say about the issue of the EU army, the proof is that under treaty obligations, Britain is committed to these proposals.

- Article 27 – establishes an EU “External Action Service”, duplicating the Foreign Office, and requiring all EU member state foreign ministries to work with it.
- Article 28.2 and 28.3 – Should any state seek to take a national action or adopt a national position (heaven forbid!) on a subject the EU has deemed urgent, it must first come and explain its actions to the Council.
- Article 29 – “Member States shall ensure that their national policies conform to the Union’s positions”. In other words, if you want sovereignty to rest in Westminster, vote to leave.
- Article 31 – again constrains member states by requiring them to always adopt a spirit of mutual solidarity.
- Article 32 – one of the key articles showing how Westminster has been made subservient: “Before undertaking any action on the international scene or entering into any commitment which could affect the Union’s interests, each Member State shall consult the others…”
It continues: “Member States shall ensure, through the convergence of their actions, that the Union is able to assert its interests…” If this is not the end of an independent foreign policy, then what is?
The EU is then given power to interfere in the vital national security of nation states by demanding diplomatic missions of Member States cooperate. This is pushed further by Article 35.
- Article 34 – requires that Member States coordinate their activities in international organisations, and infringes on Britain’s UN Security Council role, demanding that the UK upholds the EU position. The Treaty then goes further, demanding the UK abandon our seat in favour of the EU foreign minister when EU has a defined position. (See article 21)
- Article 47 – provides the EU with a legal personality, attributing to it the ability to sign treaties on behalf of its members and act independently of their control.

The EU vote on 23rd June is about democracy: do you want Britain’s foreign policy to be subject to democratic control, or do you want your representative MP in parliament to only have a partial say over Britain’s role in the world, along with unelected European Commissioners, a small influence in the European Parliament, and a minister subject to bullying in the Council of Ministers?

If you want your MP to be answerable to you, then on June 23rd, vote to leave the EU.

 

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