Tuesday, 1 January 2013
The Union of Deceit
In a damning article for the Mail, Christopher Booker traces back the roots of the UK’s membership of the EU showing how, from the outset, the intention was to deceive the people about the true goal – until it was too late to escape. We are now seeing the last acts of this deception being played out and we will see, over the next few years, whether the British people are able to escape the trap set so many years ago.
When the “Common Market” was proposed, then eventually joined in 1973, it was done so on the basis of beneficial trading agreements with the rest of Europe. Apart from joining the single currency, Britain has accepted all constitutional evolutions and signed all the treaties necessary to stay a member the Union. We have now reached the point where the main parties, each of whom wants us to stay part of the single market, have to negotiate these final stages without allowing an ‘in/out’ referendum to be held.
Presently, Cameron is focusing his rhetoric on establishing a ‘looser relationship’ as a result of UKIP’s recent rapid rise in the polls and how this will be tackled will be revealed in his speech on the subject later this month.
Christopher Booker and Richard North had researched the story of the ‘European Project’ for their book The Great Deception, which was published ten years ago, and unearthed cabinet documents clarifying that Macmillion’s cabinet knew the full intentions of the apparently gold-tinted Common Market, (established by the Treaty of Rome in 1957) and during a cabinet meeting in 1961, formally agreed that the ‘grand plan’ must be concealed from the British public. This showed that Edward Heath was fully aware of the aim of ‘the project’, that of Europe becoming ultimately a Superstate, when he presented the Common Market as an economy-boosting unification of trading in 1973 – as Heath was Macmillan’s ‘Europe Minister’ at the time.
The ‘grand plan’ was conceived originally by Frenchman Jean Monnet, a senior League of Nations official who dreamt up ‘The United States of Europe’ in the 1920’s – no doubt as a response to WW1. Understanding that his audacious vision could never be implemented in one fell swoop, it should be introduced therefore as an innocent trading agreement that is always secretly seeking ‘ever closer union’.
With every new treaty, such as it was originally planned, Britain relinquishes ever more powers to the clandestine nucleus in Brussels. Once transferred, the ‘sacred principle’ was that they could never be given back. No wonder Macmillan was concerned with ‘considerable’ problems the true political objectives of the Treaty of Rome would bring, so that he insisted that it was vital to emphasise only the economic advantages.
After two failed attempts, Heath applied for a third time for Britain to join the Common Market, doing so immediately after he was elected in 1970. No sooner had the negotiations begun, Heath was made aware of the discussions on Brussel’s next steps toward ‘full integration’. Instead of informing the British public of the future implications of joining the Common Market, Heath whispered into Europe’s ear, appealing for silence – he did not want to scare the British public away.
Heath continued to pretend that the Common Market was no more than a trading arrangement, and publicly announced that fears about losing sovereignty and independence were ‘unjustified’. Two years earlier, however, he and a Senior Foreign Office official wrote a paper called ‘sovereignty’ which, according to Booker, “spelled out” how it would be decades before the public would be aware of how much “power to govern” they’d lost, by which time it would be too late.
Indeed, by 1986 came the ‘Single European Act’ that, under Thatcher, handed over new legislative powers including those pertaining to the environment such as rubbish collections and wind-turbines which have, to put it mildly, been of limited success, or more strongly, disastrous and useless.
Although Thatcher, after acknowledging the Common Market as something quite different to that which she had previously supported, rejected the Maastricht Treaty in 1990, which would have surrendered the pound in exchange for the euro and allowed Brussels to dictate and design Britain’s ‘social chapter’ – she was soon disposed of for Major to sign the treaty, albeit with single currency and ‘social chapter’ opt-outs.
But Britain has indeed been integrated into the EU’s ‘social chapter’ by more stealthier means – being sneaked in under the banner or ‘health and safety’.
Once Tony Blair came to power in 1997 he pushed for still ‘closer union’. After early political skirmishing and sabotaged treaties that intended to create a ‘Constitution for Europe’, Gordon Brown surrendered further sovereignty by signing the Lisbon Treaty, which brought in the farcical Court of Human Rights.
And now, so entrenched and suffocated by the EU Britain has become, it’s politician’s make vague and non-committal comments about ‘looser’ ties with the EU, while the Eurocrats themselves prescribe ‘more Europe’ to deal with the maladies Europe itself has caused. So powerful and overgrown has the tumorous European Union become that David Cameron, despite a majority wanting at least a referendum on Europe, still refuses the public their say, frequently remarking that he thinks: ‘the public don’t want to leave the EU.’
The ‘grand plan’ was conceived by one man; nurtured and watered with cunning and trickery, implemented successfully by neglecting it’s truthful directive and signed up to on the basis of deception and blatant lies. Britons need to wake up to deceitful premises of the EU and, one hopes, disprove the principle: ‘that once powers are given up to Brussels, they can not be returned.’