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Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Date Posted:
12/16/2003


A New Constitution For Europe Examined & Explained By Northern Ireland’s First Elected MEP Dr Ian R K Paisley


PART TWO
Dr. Ian R. K. Paisley

THE INTER-GOVERNMENTAL CONFERENCE

ROME, OCTOBER – DEC 2003.

This Conference, presently in session is addressing the draft of the Constitution.

The aim is to complete the process by the close of 2003 and have the New Treaty signed on Europe Day, May 2004 by the present member states and the new member states.

These Constitutional proposals embody a massive centralisation of power in Brussels, with the EU assuming a “legal personality”.

The view that the New Constitution is the blueprint for a United States of Europe no longer is accurate – it is in fact THE BIRTH OF THIS NEW EUROPE!

The fact that Europe will have its own PRESIDENT and FOREIGN MINISTER establishes it as a single entity.

Furthermore there is to date NO REFERENDUM REQUIREMENT in order for the New Constitution to be adopted by Member States.

Let us look at what will actually happen regarding such things as - ECONOMIC POLICY DEFENCE & FOREIGN POLICY SOCIAL POLICY

1. ECONOMIC POLICY.

  • Even though the EU already holds substantial economic power over member states these are to be extended.
  • It is to have `exclusive competence' over the movement of persons, goods, services and capital.  It will determine competition rules and decide on mergers.
  • It will run the customs union and handle all trade negotiations.  For those already in the Euro Zone, it has complete control over monetary policy.
  • Already responsible for both the common Agricultural Policy and the   Common Fisheries Policy, the EU will now take over other economic fields such as Transport, Environment, Public Health and Consumer Protection.
  • It will impose guidance over Research, Technology and Space programmes.
Transfer of power on such a scale economically will leave national governments as nothing more than agents for doing what Brussels instructs!

2. DEFENCE AND FOREIGN POLICY.

  • The Treaties of Amsterdam and Nice already empower the EU to engage in  military action anywhere in the world.
  • Now the new ‘implementing procedures’ in the sphere of Common Defence Policy will extend the role of the Rapid Reaction Force.
  • A major objective of the Constitutional Convention is to enhance the diplomatic and military power of the EU.
  • Despite the fact that deep divisions exist between EU states on a wide range of foreign policy and military issues, the Convention proposes to create a unified policy, which it can back by military force. This shows the Rapid Reaction Force to be the germ for nothing less than an EU Army.

3. SOCIAL POLICY

  • The EU's powers already have major impact on the lives of ordinary people through its policies on Employment and Economic Growth.
  • Education, Vocational Training, Youth, Culture, Sport and Prevention of Disasters are all areas marked for EU control.
  • Enhanced legal powers will permit extended control over freedom, security, justice and the development of EU‑wide powers of arrest.
Social Policy matters are best  implemented on as devolved a basis as possible.  These are now to be decided upon without account of  local circumstances and requirements.

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