Saturday, February 24, 2007

I'm an Englishman. Get me out of here!

This is from the P.M.'s url.

20 February 2007We received a petition asking:"We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Offer the British people a referendum on continued membership of the European Union."Details of petition:"The last referendum on the EU in 1975 asked the public if they wanted to be part of the EEC - a trading agreement between Britain and other European countries. They were never asked if they wanted political integration."

I had signed.

Government's response
Under UK's constitutional arrangements, while the Government may make a recommendation, it is ultimately for Parliament to decide whether to hold a referendum on a particular issue. Referendums in the UK are rare. Parliament - the elected representatives of the British people -has the right to take important decisions on their behalf. This was the case when the UK joined the (then) European Economic Community (EEC) in 1973.There was, of course, a referendum on UK membership of the EEC in 1975 because the Labour Government was committed to seeking the approval of the British people for the renegotiated terms of membership which it had obtained. Thereafter, each Treaty change - notably the Single European Act and the Treaties of Maastricht, Amsterdam and Nice - has been ratified following the passing of an Act of Parliament. Subject to Parliament's agreement, the Government has committed itself to a referendum on the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe before its ratification by the UK. Following the 'no' votes in referendums in France and the Netherlands, however, the future of the Constitutional Treaty is now unclear.--

Well, first a correction. There was, of course, a referendum on UK membership of the EEC in 1975 because the Labour Government was committed to seeking to unify the then divided Labour party on the issue. Asking the country if it wanted to stay in when it never voted to join was like the couple who two years after a shotgun wedding were asked if they wanted to keep the baby. Of course they said yes.

Votes to join the E.U. and subsequent E.U. legislation by Westminster was in my view unconstitutional as parliament has no mandate to reduce its own sovereignty of that of its successors. IMO H.M. is in breach of her coronation oaths in assenting to these bills when she made herself a mere E.U. citizen. That the three major parties were all in favour of the then Common Market and never gave the people a choice was a disgrace. That they all lied and said it was about economic not political union was IMO morally indefensible to the point of treason. Heath should have faced the then penalty for that crime.

Vote for U.K.I.P. in E.U. elections!

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