Brussels is Being Bombed
This is a quick one-off article outside of the series of four posts I’m publishing within the EU Referendum debate.
Today, Brussels is being bombed. Brussels is being bombed because the laws of European Union member nations – which include most of the laws of the UK these days – are made by unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats in the EU’s de facto government, the European Commission. Governance of the European Union is out of control (in case you hadn’t noticed) – which means that governance of the United Kingdom is out of control. The blindingly obvious symptom of the European Commission’s failure to govern us competently and safely is the catastrophic impact of the free movement of peoples that’s now being visited on the nations of the European Union. What’s happening in Brussels today is the thin end of a wedge: the wedge of the uncontrolled mass movement of human beings. This can and will only get worse for as long as we are governed by Jean-Claude Juncker and his unelected, unaccountable cronies in Brussels (ah, the irony of it).
The Schengen Agreement
Did I hear you say, ‘Great idea this Schengen Agreement, allowing every man and his wife, dog and suicide vest to move unhindered within the Schengen Zone of the European Union’? What is baffling for me is that, along with the British Political Class, half the British population currently remains wedded to the idea of the UK staying in the EU – which could include you, dear reader. However, what more does it take for some of you ‘Remainians’ to twig that having our laws and border controls vested in unelected bureaucrats in a foreign country might not be such a great idea after all? Hint: see photo above.
Too Close for Comfort
This is getting a bit too close for comfort for some of us: I was working in Brussels just recently, and flew in to Zaventem Airport. To me it is quite unfathomable that so many of my fellow citizens think that the sun shines out of the backsides of 5,000 European Commission bureaucrats – which is, like I said, the UK’s de facto government. It is these same bureaucrats who dictate – for that is what they do, they dictate – that we must be subjected to the free movement of peoples.
Change the Law? No Chance
If here in the UK we don’t like, nor agree with, or we wish to change the principle of the free movement of people in the European Union then – well – tough. We can’t change EU law once its enacted (it’s called the acquis communautaire, but we’ll look at that in a later post). The Schengen Agreement is here to stay and whilst the UK is not a signatory to the agreement, it affects us indirectly. The UK is a signatory to the Maastricht Treaty (1992) which, believe it or not, declares that freedom of movement is a fundamental human right (thank John Major for that one). I wonder how the ladies in the picture at the top of this post feel about their human rights today? Due to EU rules on the free movement of people, the UK must admit EU citizens and their family members. So there we have it – the Schengen Agreement and the fundamental human right of people to move freely within the European Union: not so great if you’re in Brussels right now. Brussels today, but which town or city in the UK tomorrow? To be clear: we can’t control the free movement of EU peoples; our role is simply to obey that law handed down by the European Commission.
Hands Up All Those in Favour of the EU
Are we going mad as a nation, or what? Hands up all those in favour of the European Union! See photo above for the shape of things to come in Europe and the UK for as long as we’re governed by the European Commission. Please don’t kid yourself that the European Union is reformable; it’s not.
As a measure of The Political Class’s (mis)understanding of the history and workings of the European Union, today I received an email from a local councillor (full text in a comment below) which included the following assertions:
“The bottom line for me is that up to the end of the second world war European countries have been at war almost every generation. Since the formation of the various organisations – League of Nations, UN and the EU – there has been relative peace. Yes it is expensive but I view it as a small price to pay for the relative peace we have seen compared to the very bloody wars that existed before. We should fight tooth and nail for a better EU and a change of direction, but fundamentally I wish to remain within the EU and will campaign for that.”
Casting one’s eye across to Brussels, so much for the European Union bringing peace to Europe. Do you think the security situation in Europe will be getting better or worse as the wonders of EU membership unfold before us? I can think of one politician who thinks that the future is bright, the future is the European Union. Best of luck with that Councillor Leadbitter – and be thankful you weren’t in Brussels today, going about your business under the umbrella of EU security.