Frans Timmermans, a Dutch politician, will be the point of contact between the UK and the EU’s renegotiation talks. Fair enough.
What’s interesting is Mr Timmermans is quoted as saying; “The era of ever closer union was now behind us.” Additionally, he is cited several more times as saying, to various degrees, that if, “Ever closer union meant more central control from Brussels at the expense of national sovereignty, then that time has come and gone.”
What’s strange is that no one on earth has ever heard rhetoric from a professional EU politician like that. It makes no sense. But, there is more. He subsequently says, “Frankly, after all these years of crisis since 2008, it’s time to finally implement the Lisbon treaty in all its aspects.”
I understand it’s onerous, whether in the US or the EU, for a bureaucrat to actually read the thousands of pages of regulations, articles, provisions, etc. he or she actually passes into law, but you don’t have to peruse too far into the Lisbon treaty to understand its fundamental principles.
RESOLVED: to mark a new stage in the process of European integration undertaken with the establishment of the European Communities
RESOLVED: to achieve the strengthening and the convergence of their economies and to establish an economic and monetary Union
RESOLVED: to implement a common foreign and security policy including the progressive framing of a common defense policy, which might lead to a common defense in accordance with the provisions of Article 42
And my favourite:
RESOLVED: to continue the process of creating an ever-closer Union
Essentially, these renegotiations are the intergovernmental equivalent of a political show trial.
The choice is simple. Either succumb to the over all power of the European Commission, the European Court of Justice, and the European Central Bank or no.
One last thought:
Let’s not forget William Blackstone’s Commentaries and the notion of self-rule and parliamentary sovereignty. What could be more important than that?