EU — IN or OUT!


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. 


1. What is Know as the EU Gravy-Train.

 

2. The History of the EU

 

3. Yes Minister explains the EEC (EU)

 

4. How does the EU pass new laws?

 

5. How the UK-EU marriage went sour.


2 responses to “EU — IN or OUT!

  1. colmore1954 Feb 2, 2019 at 20:44

    I personally believe the EU needs reform but I don’t think we should leave. And to those who say nothing ever changes, I would simply refer to a small case in the ECJ – Cidrerie Ruwet SA v Cidre Stassen SA & HP Bulmer Limited – which, despite the combined opposition of the Commission, the Belgian government, the BRITISH government and others – overturned the old system of fixed packaging sizes for different products and allowed the introduction of unit pricing which we now have on shelves in retail outlets throughout the EU. You can see and compare the prices of pre-packaged products very easily by looking at the price per gram/kg/litre etc. I know because I brought the case as we were being challenged over our rights to sell WOODPECKER cider in 32.5 cl bottles in Belgium through our subsidiary Stassen. I will acknowledge the real help by our Belgian lawyers, Eric Deltour and Louis Puts.
    My satisfaction was complete when the UK had to change its legislation and one Theresa May, then a junior Minister, had to introduce the change with bad grace.
    But you can change the system.

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