Europe Is Just a Step from Full Statehood

The Birmingham Post (England), January 14, 2000 | Go to article overview

Europe Is Just a Step from Full Statehood


Sir, - The fight to keep the pound pales into insignificance compared to the fight to remain subjects of the Queen and of this country as opposed to further increases in the burden of European citizenships under the proposed "constitution" of the European Union.

The two fights are intertwined, for lose one, and you lose both - for ever.

In December of this year, it is proposed to reorganise by splitting the treaty into two parts - one part enshrining the basic principles on which the European Union is formed and the other part, the drafting of an EU Constitution.

Mrs Nichole Fontaine, President of the European Parliament said in a speech to the Europa Union at Weimar, November 26, 1999: "We must constitutionalise the Union. I am only too well aware that for many years now, the drafting of a European Constitution has been one of the European Union's major goals."

Why a "constitution" rather than a treaty? A treaty usually is an agreement between sovereign states which remain sovereign. A written constitution would run as an exact counterpart to the United States of America's constitution. Such a constitution would further truth and clarity by putting an end to the fiction of "an intact sovereignty of member states."

The EU Committees are busily "putting the flesh on the bones" of "their" citizens' fundamental rights, plus working out exactly what our "duties" to the European Union will be.

The fact that we already have our own "fundamental rights" - Bill of Rights, Habeas Corpus, Magna Carta, and our duty to the crown and our country - seems to have slipped their minds, and should our present Government allow these proposals to happen, then I would add that the MPs' and MEPs' duty to their queen and country has slipped their minds too.

Our Prime Minister is very happy to be leading us most positively towards closer and deeper integration, hence his signing up to the Rapid Reaction Force, the forerunner of an EU Army.

How do the powers that be in the European Union expect, either through a "request", or by forcing people (ordinary men, women and children) to become true dedicated EU citizens - and in the United Kingdom, it would be mostly against their will - when they are made to reject their loyalty to their queen and country?

The European Union's written constitution makes that Union a state.

ANNE PALMER

Wolverhampton.

Excellent argument

for fox hunting

Sir, - As an avid "out of town" reader of your excellent paper, I was delighted to read Mr Gwatkin's most comprehensive letter (Post, Jan 6) in support of fox hunting.

This is one of the best letters I have read so far on this subject.

J INGLESANT

Stockerston,

Leicestershire.

Queen correct

over hands

Sir, - I am often distressed at criticism levelled at our queen - a most conscientious and splendid monarch - but I think that comments about her during the performance of Auld Lang Syne are misplaced.

I am told, on what I am sure is good authority, that it is correct to link hands but not cross arms at the beginning of this song and then to cross arms at the start of the line "Then here's a hand."

God bless our queen.

Miss M MURRAY

Kings Norton,

Birmingham.

Hard line on

soft drinks

Sir, - It seems to me that certain publicans in this city of ours have a rip-off mentality when it comes to serving non-alcoholic drinks to sensible drivers.

At The Fiddle and Bone in Sheepcote Street, Birmingham, I was charged pounds 1.95 for a pint of bitter (including alcohol tax) and pounds 2.20 for a pint of soda water and a dash of cordial.

When I asked the bar manager how he could justify the difference between these two drinks he replied that the ingredients in the soda-cordial drink were more expensive than those in the alcoholic drink.

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