EU — IN or OUT!
Feb 2, 2019Posted by on
This week on Facebook: My own views on Brexit are perhaps summed in a previous blog¹, what follows are yet more videos (no not on any psychosexual innuendos associated with Asparagus à la Brexit). Rather on my innate cynicism over whole Brexit affair that to my mind has more to do with political opportunism than democracy. In yet another previous blog² I claimed that any perceived democratic deficit was not simply Anglo-Saxon angst, the German constitutional court did not recognise the European parliament as a genuine legislature. It did not represent the will of a single European people, but was a representative body of member states³.
Unfortunately the United Kingdom has no written constitution, it is a simple democracy in which the ‘supremacy of parliament‘ prevails. While a democratic deficit may well exist in the form of the EU commission, this parliamentary supremacy represents a far greater democratic deficit for the United Kingdom. Peter
I watched a video on You Tube recently that was clearly posted by a Brexiteer (1). Nothing wrong with that other than it was a clearly edited and a composite video of the selected remarks made by others.
There is nothing wrong with that either, the video was aimed at like minded people who would (generally) agree with remarks made.
The history of the EU (as presented by the Open University) is both amusing and informative, which (to mind) implies a lot and from which you can infer what you will (2)!
To imply is to hint at something, but to infer is to make an educated guess. The speaker does the implying, and the listener does the inferring.
Perhaps my favourite image of the EU is presented in the conversation between Sir Humphrey and Jim Hacker (3).
“It is a game played for national interests and always was. Why do you suppose we went into it?”
The way in which the EU makes new Law (4) is rarely presented as being democratic. The comments associated with this video are worth reading.
In the UK the name of the commissioner is not announced prior to the election and is typically not one of the candidates being elected.
Finally, EU — IN or OUT, why did the relationship between the EU and the UK turn sour (5)?
If the electorate of EU member states abrogate their responsibility, especially in a simple democracy, then the only defender of their democracy is the independence of their constitutional court and at the moment this is not the EU commission and certainly not the European Parliament.