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Eu Constitution, Again

Good summary of the latest version from the Daily Telegraph.

Amongst the, er, highlights:

“The Union shall work for a Europe of sustainable development based on balanced economic growth, with a social market economy aiming at full employment and social progress.”

Social market, eh? Check out today’s German economy for further details as to how that works.

“The Constitution, and law adopted by the Union’s Institutions in exercising competences conferred on it, shall have primacy over the law of the Member States.”

Well, that speaks for itself.

“The Union’s competence in matters of common foreign and security policy shall cover all areas of foreign policy and all questions relating to the Union’s security, including the progressive framing of a common defence policy, which might lead to a common defence.

Hmmm, I think we know what that means.

“The European Council, deciding by qualified majority, with the agreement of the President of the Commission, shall appoint the Union’s Foreign Minister. He shall conduct the Union’s common foreign and security policy.”

Chris Patten, call your office.

Of course, it is always possible for the UK to quit the EU so long as it can come to an agreement that “shall be concluded on behalf of the Union by the Council, acting by a qualified majority, after obtaining the consent of the European Parliament.”

Winston Churchill, don’t bother calling yours.

As Mrs Thatcher once said in a not so different context, “No! No! No!”

As blogger Philip Chaston (who has plenty more good stuff on this at Airstrip One) wrote today:

“Expect plenty of fireworks and a realisation by Labour that they are now stuck between a eurosceptic populace and their wish to be at the heart of Europe. (If they really want this, they could always sod off to Belarus, where the centre of Europe actually is).”

Nicely put, although to be pedantic it’s actually in Lithuania, but why should that splendid country have to put up with Labour’s ghastly europhiles? Chaston is right, even if it’s for the wrong reasons. Belarus would be a far more suitable destination for Brussels’ Labour brigade.

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