Barroso you will have seen comments in the press about his speech of Weds morning. They are not exaggerated, he is on a mission, they all are. Nothing will stop them making this a
in one form or another. They will go on towards this aim. Dismiss any thoughts
of, "changing the EU from within". This never was an option, now that
should be clear to all and we must convince people of this. I, for one, have heard
enough of the apologists saying that we must be in it to change it. We must
tell the truth, again, that this is an unstoppable steamroller and that the
only way is out. Single
From my notes of Barroso's 42 minute speech of Weds morning.
*(justifying the last 50 years) "It took the
150 years to double its GDP" UK
*The Commission takes the lead in sustainability/equality/ fairness/ growth
turning point Greece
* the ECB will not finance Governments
* the Commission rules, with European Parliament oversight
* the FTT will cover banks and financial institutions need to be brought together
* there must be a Banking Union.
*There will be Federation of nation States, guide for years to come, NOT a superstate!
* Sovereignty must be shared
*It must be a
Union WITH the member states, not OF the member States.
*It needs a new treaty!
* needs a new EMU
* All nationalists and populists are bad!
*Especially, the Commission has today adopted EPP, European Political Parties, (which our party voted against last conference against the advice of those who actually take part in this European Parliament. It looks like we were right, if it means we will not be able to take part in the next European Parliament Elections unless we are in an EPP. Rather than join one we should start one, to preserve our main claim to electoral success)
This was followed by a round from all group leaders. Unusually, after Barosso Had summed up there was another round from group leaders and another Barosso summing up, 3 hours altogether. We wonder if this was a one off, or the shape of things to come.
For the S & D Swaboda remarked that the EU was to be an emerging state, not a submerging one!
Verhofstadt, (leader of the Lib-Dems and former Belgian Premier) said it is not yet a federation and it must be a political entity, not an economic one.
**At this point the President interrupted proceedings to inform us of the decision of the
German Constitutional Court,
that the complaint had been rejected and so the ECB will go on. Some
newspapers recorded that this was greeted by a standing ovation; no it was
not.. The leftie side of the house gave it very good (seated) applause, our
side of the house remained quiet. UK
Voting. Thursday, the vote, "Proposal for a European Banking Union" passed with a large majority. Once implemented it will be the end of the Bank of England.
Wednesday. Votes on 4 Fishing reports to which I spoke on Tuesday evening, text and video on website, my speech being a catch-all because the 4 reports were lumped together as a Joint Debate (not uncommon). Of interest was that I was "blue carded" ie a blue card was waved to ask me a question. This was from Chris Davies (.Lib-Dem,
a leader, of sorts in the fishing debacle. He was trying to drive a wedge
between UKIP MEPs by asking about which
UKIP MEPs supported him (ie wanted to preserve North West fishing) and who did not. I gave
him no satisfaction in my reply so he crossed the floor of the house to sit
beside me and bend my ear for 5 mins or so! All of which is because I, and the
rest of us, want the CFP abolished, he wants to reform it. UK
Lastly a bit of humour. Today Lamberts, rapporteur of the "European Venture Capital Funds" report asked for a postponement of the final vote, adoption, of his report. That was, he said, because he had failed to get agreement with the Council on his report. He was going to ask, he said, if Council would agree today, in the chamber, but there was no one of the Council there! I counted up. There were just 12 Council Assistants present, no one in the front 3 rows where the actual Council members sit. So after Barosso's strident comments about a Federal Europe not one minister of any EU country could be bothered to attend Parliament, which is supposed to work in harmony with the Council.
Ís that a sign of Federal things to come?
Just to round of, a cutting from the press summary we get every day.-
Immigration - Law change could mean exodus of Russians to
Evening Telegraph, p.14): "THE news that we could see a large exodus
of Russian citizens coming into the is worrying. A law change in UK Latvia would see the right to citizenship handed
to the children and grandchildren of all Latvians sent by Stalin and his Soviet
successors into exile in Siberia. Many could
end up in this country, as Latvians are entitled to live and work in the . (...). This
law change could see the Latvian population in our towns and cities swell even
more - we must regain control of our borders and getting out of the EU is the
only way to do that. (Derek Clark UKIP MEP for the UK East
Derek Clark MEP
13th Sept 2012 Strasbourg