By guest author Ronald Reuderink
- The EU is in essence a German-French Condominium which dictates the other EU countries (EU-colonies). It is for example a mechanism to distribute the vast stream of refugees over the other EU countries.
- Economy. An independent UK will conclude much faster trade agreements with emerging economies. And may do so in the interests of the British economy. An independent UK is not bothered by the endless European meeting culture and bureaucracy. The EU will stay behind in the number of trade agreements, working often in the interest of Germany and France. Therefore the EU is the slowest growing market in the world.
- Federal? The Treaty of Lisbon (the 2nd edition EU Constitution) hardly governs the relationship between the EU and the Member States. The EU has not made use of the Constitutions of (Con-) federal countries like Canada, the USA, Australia, India and Switzerland. In some policy areas, the States of the USA do have more rights than EU Member States. In general in the USA every state is allowed to organize its finance without approval by the federal administration of the USA. The Euro zone states are already under sharp control of the EC. In practice, there is hardly true legal protection for the EU countries against the omnipotence of the EU.
- EU Court juridical. EU Court of Justice at Luxembourg is an organization to promote the power of the EU and the EC. Not a real juridical Court.
- Subsidiairity? Subsidiartiy is the leading general principle of the EU. The practice is the opposite. Beacause of the Court of Justice it is a farce. It is doublespeak like George Orwell describes in his book 1984.
- Arbitrary treaties. The fundamental ‘no bailout clause’ (for the member states) is stated in various EU treaties (among others the Treaty of Lisbon, 2nd edition EU Constitution), but can be undo just by a little rule by EU Franco-German condominium, without approval of the parliaments of all Member States and referenda. A fundamental violation of democracy and the rule of law of each member state.
- Control spending of subsidies to EU countries. Basically: There has been no control over how the tax money is spend for over 20 years. The Court of Auditiors (ECA) of the EU do not approve annual spending for more than 20 years because the EC refuses to verify them. Member States should do so, according to the EU, but refuse to do so. With the exception of four countries: GB, NL, S, DK. However, the EC may take action if a Member State refuses to make proper financial reporting of EU grants. These range from a reprimand, a 10% discount on EU grants until no EU subsidies to the unwilling member state. You can check this at the Court of Auditors for the EU.
- EU policy, a fishtrap. EU policy is a fish trap. For example, each country gets veto power in a new treaty on major decisions. But then the result will be a man-made crisis and the countries are more or less forced to agree. And then comes the next crisis and the case is repeated time after time. The EU uses such crises for pushing through its policy.
- Too much EC Commissioners. By increasing the number of EU Member States, the EC got too much Commissioners to function properly. New Treaties need to change this, but that doesn’t happen.
- Ethical issue The presidents and prime ministers of the Member States must swear a second oath, to participate in the European Council. First they had already sworn an oath of allegiance to their own country. Secondly they have to swear an oath of allegiance to the EU. Which oath takes precedence when there is a conflict of interest between their country and the EU?
- Euro project. Promises from France to Germany is violated piece by piece. A few examples: Germany has to believe in the French promises and in the SGP (Euro Pact) and is therefore unpopular in Southern Europe. France wanted to adopt the euro per se in 2002. Because France and Germany were both in 2002-2004 above the 3% budget deficit, France managed to persuade Germany not to apply the sanctions of the SGP (Euro Pact). But in Germany the deficit failing was incidental because of the unification of West and East Germany. In France it is structural. But now France demands that incidental problems will be taken into account, in the interests of France and other southern European countries. The euro doesn’t create prosperity. See Greece, see among other things, youth unemployment in Spain, lots of emigration also out of Ireland.
- Solidarity to the United Kingdom? France doesn’t take fingerprints of immigrants who wish to go to England, so that they can be sent back to France, in accordance with the Dublin regulation.
- EU sees only errors of anti-EU governments. When in Poland and Hungary pro-Eu governments were in power: unilateral notifications and unilateral state media personnel were no problem. Ditto Courts. Ditto approach opponents. The EU didn’t want to hear complaints about this kind of mismanagement. But now anti-EU governments are in power in these countries and the EU comes into action.
- Extensive EU propaganda. Preventing war. Brussels says over and over again: A new war between Germany and France is prevented by the EU. Incorrect. But till 1956, Germany was militarily controlled by the Allies. In addition, NATO has a fundamental role in preventing a new Franco-German war. The EU played only as an extra in the beginning a small positive roll by the ECSC, EEC.
- Extensive EU propaganda. A no in a referendum caused disasters for your country In the referendum in 2005 on the EU constitution in the Netherlands for example, the debate was barely about the constitution. Pro EU groups said: a negative vote meant that we will get war, our prosperity would severely deteriorate; the light would go out in the Netherlands. We voted no and got no war. An EU sub-committee is still looking for that light switch of the Netherlands, sometimes the bureaucracy works still in our favour. Now we hear the same rhetorical arguments.
- EU-army. The EU wants to start an EU military organization, to begin with a navy. An army controlled by an unelected and uncontrolled EC. An army led by a German or French five-star general. Or as compromise a Luxembourg five star general who is often drunk, like the EU president Juncker. Such an EU president with an EU army will easily decide about war and peace, and he does not care about the prosperity and welfare of 500 million people.
EU = European Union and EC = European Commission