On 23 June 2016 the British people voted in
favor to leave the European Union with a minor majority (51.9% in favor)
despite a large voter turnout (72%) [BBC, Results in full 24/06/2016
]. There is a clear distinction in voting
between Northern Ireland, Scotland and the remainder of the United Kingdom
(Wales and England). It would seem the more ‘Protestant’ regions of Northern
Ireland voted in favor of leaving the EU, whilst more ‘Catholic’ regions voted
in the opposite direction. In Scotland a clear vote in favor of remaining in
the EU (62%) is visible and is oddly enough already forming the basis for a
renewed call for a referendum for Scottish independence. For a population
anxious to regain its own proper sovereignty boasting its capability for
independence based on oil revenue and its own smart they are quite willing to
turn over their sought sovereignty back over to the Eurocrats in Brussels.
Unbelievably, just before the referendum took
place threats were issued about economic loss, loss of access to the European
market and such. Whilst a Brexit
has repercussions on EU member states as well.
Nobody can accurately predict the effect of
the Brexit for the United Kingdom, nor for the European Union. Already European
politicians are stating that the ‘European Union’ has issues with selling
itself to the public, problems with proving its positive effects…this is
exactly why the EU has launched several communication campaigns in the past decade.
The European Union has a severe legitimacy issue due to its democratic deficit,
which clearly Eurocrats and Eurofederalist do not wish to understand. A renewed European project is necessary as it
can bring advantages and improve our lives, however it must have legitimacy.
A prelude to the liberation of Europe, anew?
The British European referendum was clearly a
battle on matters of sovereignty and current institutional evolution of the European Union (towards a more federal entity). One could perhaps go as far as
say that a new Battle of Britain was won, not in the skies above the United
Kingdom but in its voting stations against a European Continental foe, the
mainly German dominated French-German European Union axis supported by the Brussels Eurocrats. The question rises wether this ‘victory’ is a prelude for a new
course in history as was the Battle of Britain back in 1940.
Will the Brexit lead to a change in the
European Union, whereby dissent (resistance) will force the EU’s undemocratic
hand towards a more democratic solution? For those that cannot or will not
understand, I quote Margaret Tatcher: ‘Our choice is clear. Either we exercise
democratic control of Europe through cooperation between national governments
and parliaments which have legititmacy, experience and closeness to the people.
Or we transfer decisions to a remote multilingual parliament, accountable to no
real European public opinion and thus increasingly subordinate to a powerful
bureaucracy’ (Benjamin Grob-Fitzgibbon, 2016: 462pp.*).
The new ‘Blitz’ has already started
with the Jean-Claude Junckers (President European Commission/ The
Guardian, 24/06/2016) demanding a swift and fast ‘fait accompli’ of the
Brexit. As expected European Federalist guru Guy Verhofstadt (ALDE) already
admitted that the current
European Union doesn’t work, mainly because of the cumbersome decision
process involving 28 member states… he doesn’t advocate a ‘superstate’ but his
proposition for a 12 member ‘government’ with a European Coast and border guard
as well as a defence community does sound much like his beloved United States of
It is time again for the allies of the United
Kingdom to stand up for a new liberation of the Europe, side by side in rank
and file, against the Eurocrats and their ‘Blitz’ as Brexit punishment. As historic
allies, Flanders should be at the forefront to keep an open trade route between
the United Kingdom and the European Union, and seek continued deep relations
despite the Brexit. Fear has struck the Eurocrats which leads them
to charge forward, yet again. Fear of a ripple effect amongst member states
with a growing number of dissent towards the European Union. The momentum has
been set, it is time a different European project. A new Winston Churchill is
needed to lead the way, whom else than Boris Johnson could this currently be?
The (s)urge for a new European project.
A long story short. A need arose for a new continental
system whereby warring Germany and France could be controlled so as to not renew
their hostilities and yet face the rising (and imminent) Communist threat emerging
from post-war Soviet Union. The United Kingdom as well as Winston Churchill
were in favor of a European system of cooperation, including a defence
community, whereby the United Kingdom would retain its sovereignty (and empire)
without being fully engorged into a federalist or even confederalist European system.
The United Kingdom sought to accommodate both France and Germany, despite huge
post-war French reticence and revanchism towards Germany. The Benelux was desperate for a
British commitment and support. However, the United Kingdom was muscled out (if
not betrayed) by France which suddenly raced for the ECSC with Benelux aid with
a clear agenda to ‘dominate’ Germany. What started as the ECSC had grown in the
European Union, founded and refounded as we know today (Maastricht treaty, Treaty of Lisbon).
The French-German axis is the dominant European continental political drive
within the European Union, with a slightly more dominant position taken by
Germany. The clearest and most recent proof thereof is Angela Merkel’s unilateral ‘wir
schaffen das’ asylum crisis in the wake of the Syrian Civil War. A crisis
Eurocrats have failed to control going as far as to sell itself out to the
Turkish President Tayyip Erodogan who sees himself as a neo-Ottoman Sultan.
Whilst Eastern Europe remains politically too weak in Brussels. Time has proven there is no popular nor democratic support for the open flood gates policy unleashed by Angela Merkel nor the shabby EU policy.
A new European institute does remain a necessity - preferably with the United Kingdom,
but that clearly doesn’t mean it needs to be the European Union.
common European Defence in the form of a renewed (as initially thought of) European
Defence Community integrated in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)
remains a necessity due to the resurgence of an ‘neo-Tsarist’ Russia and ‘Neo-Ottoman’
Turkey as well as the ongoing political changes (and conflicts) in the Islamic
world [Maghreb, Mashreq] .
At heart the new European project must be a
democratic one. 'Real progress comes not from more
bureaucracy, but from the values and institutions of government by consent,
through ministers seen to be accountable. These things are in tune with the
instincts of the people. They are part of the heritage we have built up over
the centuries.’ Margaret Tatcher (Benjamin Grob-Fitzgibbon, 2016: 462pp.*). Modern technology doesnt really need Eurocrats creating diktats in their own world to be unleashed onto the European member-states, this can be done under supervision of accountable ministers duly elected and truely accountable.
common European market holds the value of standardization but can be replaced
by a Free Trade Association such as EFTA.
The Eurocrats can be replaced by representatives of member states that seek
mutual benefits and cooperation amongst sovereign member-states on issues such
as innovation & technology; economic development; education; labor…without
the diktats from Brussels but with bilateral or multilateral agreements.
Whomever thought the basic principle of democratic
Nation-States is dead, guess again. It is alive and has matured, without the burden
of imperialism nor racial theory. For me personally, more than ever does John Stuart Mill’s ‘On Liberty’
hold truth and value. The Nation-State is the political entity built on a
community that through democracy offers the establishment of true liberty. A
European Union defaults on this by definition, an intergovernmental or
confederal European project does not.
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