Should Britain leave the EU?
There are so many areas to cover on this issue, so I must make it clear prior to beginning that I will focus solely on the democratic argument for leaving the EU.
Lets start with pivotal concept of democracy; democracy as we know it revolves around the election of public representatives by a consensus vote – who are temporarily authorised to legislate on behalf of the people. An intrinsic function of democracy is the ability to scrutinise, and if necessary, remove these elected representatives from office – if the public so will it in their majority. Democracy also requires the staple-mark of Judicial separation, and within that, a judiciary that enacts legislation crafted by the elected representatives.
The EU disregards democracy in it’s most infantile form – those who legislate, legislate federation wide, explicitly unchallenged and unrelenting in their course. Not one person in the U.K voted for Mr. Juncker, yet he still issues directives which affect our statutory laws. In-fact, it is the same Mr. Juncker who was discarded by the people of Luxembourg in the face of scandal, that controls the lions share of power in the EU; can this be at all democratic?
This is the same man who is quoted as stating “I am in favour of dark, secret debates” and “When the going gets tough, you must lie.” We are so opposed to autonomous control in this country, yet we actively allow the likes of Mr. Juncker to hold a position of power – whilst unanswerable to our protestations.
Second to that; the European Courts have absolute power and dominion over our sovereign courts – our MPs are rendered useless in the face of new EU legislation, they cannot actively veto it exclusively without the consent of member states
and as you can imagine, within the last 19 years we haven’t won a single veto; obviously democratic…
The EU has stopped multiple pieces of legislation that the sovereign parliament of this land has constructed; they have banished legislation enacted by our sovereign courts – does this not start to sound like the form of absolutist control a once powerful socialist federation exerted over its states, how did that turn out? I find it absolutely beyond comprehension, that anyone who is a citizen of this country and who believes in democracy, could possibly advocate this type of post-modern political imperialism by a foreign power. What’s more, how could that same person endorse a democratic referendum and actively vote to stay, when that very vote is a vote to oppose democracy; a vote to
oppose the very thing they rely on to air their opinion? Absolutely dichotomous.
From a legislative perspective, it is unstoppable, and it is irreversible – since it can only be repealed by the EU itself. Ask how much EU legislation the Commission has actually taken back under its various programmes for streamlining bureaucracy. The answer is none.
That is why EU law is likened to a ratchet, clicking only forwards.
We are seeing a slow and shrouded process of legal colonisation, as the EU infiltrates every area of public policy.
Then – and this is the key point – the EU acquires supremacy in any field that it touches; because it is one of the fundamentals of Britain’s membership, that any question involving the EU must go to Luxembourg, to be adjudicated by the European Court of Justice.
We fought a civil war in this country to ensure absolutist powers were crushed, and people could hold officials to account – brave men stood in parliament and challenged a Sovereign ruler, endured tremendous discourse in the name of democracy. Not a century ago did men land on the beaches of Normandy, fight in the forests of Hürtgen, battle in the towns of Burgundy and Carentan to ensure that democracy was upheld, and authoritarian political control was cast asunder.
Make no doubt about it, one of the greatest leaders this country has ever witnessed, Mr. Winston Churchill, was absolutely against the idea of unification of states under one unelected ruler – he is quoted as saying: “We are with Europe but not of it, we are linked but not combined. If Britain must choose between Europe and the open sea, she must always chose the open sea.”
Historical British legislation which embodies our way of life is absolutely in contempt of EU values – the 1689 bill of rights requires but the briefest of studies until one identifies the conflict; the bill clearly states –
“laws should not be dispensed with or suspended without the consent of Parliament;
no taxes should be levied without the authority of Parliament.”
Clearly, our legislation is no longer made in abundance by our legislature – but instead by cronies in Brussels who pander to the socialist nations of the union. EU taxes are levied and imposed regardless of whether parliament veto them, a preposterous happening. People oppose a monarchy but don’t oppose an effective dictatorship that is veiled by fiat democracy – when in-fact, the difference between each is minute.
It is estimated that almost half of our legislation is derived from the EU – is that acceptable?
Look at how well the EU turned out for Greece, a bankrupt and debt-ridden country, Athens burns as the EU issues more directives, and absolves power from the Greek government.
Democracy matters; and it is a stark reminder of the discourse of the EU that the Greeks are being told what to do with their budgets and public spending, regardless of the state of their citizens and the impact that type of control will have upon them.
It all involves more integration: a social, political, and budgetary coming together of sorts. At a time when Brussels should devolve power, it is drawing more toward the centre, and there is no way that Britain can be unaffected.
The EU is not, as its fanatics proclaim, a coming-together of European peoples. Rather, it represents the outsourcing of national political life to the unaccountable realm of the European Commission.
It dilutes and manipulates our democratic clout through granting ever-greater authority to institutions like the European Court of Justice, whose edicts and rulings can be imposed on nations regardless of what national governments, not to mention national peoples, think of them.
That is anti-democratic in its binary form. And it should inherently terrifying to anyone who considers himself a believer of democracy, and who recognises that every radical, from the Levellers to the Chartists to the Suffragettes – has been about the revolution of authority and the right to choose who governs them; the right to political say-so.
Without delving in to much more detail, those who claim this nation hasn’t the capabilities to stand on its own two feet are the same people who told us the euro was a great idea.
Britain has been a global superpower for centuries, built on trade and commerce; the fifth biggest economy in the world, and that is only inside of the EU. Now lets imagine a Britain that ruled itself, elected its own legislature that was explicitly exclusive, traded with great ally nations like India, and those of the commonwealth who seem all but abandoned. That is a democracy I believe in, that is a Britain I believe in.
(Sources for quotes and outlines: DemocracyMatters, Boris Johnson, Spiked, BBC, Peter Hitchens, Nigel Farage, Daniel Hannan)