A New Constitution For Europe Examined & Explained By Northern Ireland’s First Elected MEP Dr Ian R K Paisley
Dr. Ian R. K. Paisley
THE INTER-GOVERNMENTAL CONFERENCE
ROME, OCTOBER – DEC 2003.
This Conference, presently in session is addressing the draft of the
The aim is to complete the process by the
close of 2003 and have the New Treaty signed on Europe Day, May 2004 by the
present member states and the new member states.
These Constitutional proposals embody a massive centralisation of
power in Brussels, with the EU assuming a “legal personality”.
The view that the New Constitution is the blueprint for a United
States of Europe no longer is accurate – it is in fact THE BIRTH OF THIS NEW
The fact that Europe will have its own PRESIDENT and FOREIGN
MINISTER establishes it as a single entity.
Furthermore there is to date NO REFERENDUM REQUIREMENT in order for
the New Constitution to be adopted by Member States.
Let us look at what will actually happen regarding such things as -
DEFENCE & FOREIGN POLICY
1. ECONOMIC POLICY.
power on such a scale economically will leave national
governments as nothing more than agents for doing what Brussels instructs!
- Even though the EU already holds substantial economic
power over member states these are to be extended.
- It is to have
`exclusive competence' over the movement of persons, goods, services and
capital. It will determine competition rules and decide on mergers.
will run the customs union and handle all trade negotiations. For those already
in the Euro Zone,
it has complete control over monetary policy.
- Already responsible for both the common Agricultural Policy and
the Common Fisheries Policy, the EU will now take over other economic fields
such as Transport, Environment, Public Health and
- It will impose guidance over
Research, Technology and Space programmes.
2. DEFENCE AND FOREIGN POLICY.
Treaties of Amsterdam and Nice already empower the EU to engage in military
action anywhere in the world.
the new ‘implementing procedures’ in the sphere of Common Defence Policy will
extend the role of the Rapid Reaction Force.
major objective of the Constitutional Convention is to enhance the diplomatic
and military power of the EU.
the fact that deep divisions exist between EU states on a wide range of
foreign policy and
military issues, the Convention proposes to create a unified policy,
which it can back by military force. This shows the Rapid Reaction Force to be the germ for
nothing less than an EU Army.
3. SOCIAL POLICY
Social Policy matters are best implemented on as
devolved a basis as possible. These are now to be decided upon without account
of local circumstances and requirements.
- The EU's powers already have major impact on the lives of
ordinary people through its policies on Employment and Economic Growth.
- Education, Vocational Training, Youth, Culture, Sport and
Prevention of Disasters are all areas marked for EU control.
- Enhanced legal powers will permit extended control over
freedom, security, justice and the development of EU‑wide powers of arrest.