WHERE DO WE STAND IN LAW AND PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY?
When the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights was first
produced, its contents were not to become legally binding ‑ it had no
more than declaratory status.
Enshrining it into law is now to take place. It is to
become part of the EU Constitution, duplicating the European Convention on
Human Rights, established by a
organisation, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe - to which all EU member have long
the Charter into law provides the means for more decisions by the EU Court
to drive all the
legal systems within the EU into one single format, which will cover all EU
Our legal system will inevitably be compelled to restructure along
In Britain the Anglo‑Saxon concepts of rights and common-law, trial by jury
and habeas corpus will all be removed.
The transfer of power on such a scale to Brussels as an outcome of the
Constitutional Convention's proposals leaves Parliament increasingly powerless.
Fewer decisions of any significance will
be determined at national level.
Parliament will become a talking shop
which rubber‑stamps decisions already taken in Brussels.
There is no acceptable way of controlling
what is done by the EU in our name. No effective EU‑wide democratic
method of allowing the people to choose what policies they want, is proposed by
Instead, power is centralised within the
Commission, which, don't forget, meets in secret.
There is no substitute for the democratic
system which has been built up over the centuries in Britain and elsewhere.
The real power in the EU is the Commission, whom we do not elect,
and whom we cannot remove. This power will increase greatly if the
Constitutional Convention proposals go unchallenged.
IN THEIR OWN WORDS
“good for Britain, and good for Europe”
PM Tony Blair, Sept 2003
“the IGC will
therefore take the final decisions on reform of the EU, to make its
institutions more transparent; more accountable; and more effective and
efficient, and thus better able to meet the challenges of the 21st
Minister, Jack Straw, 2003
“we have sown a
seed … instead of a half-formed Europe, we have a Europe
with legal entity, with a single currency, common justice, a Europe which is about to have its own
President of EU Convention, presenting the final draft of EU
Constitution, June 2003.
“As it is a
matter of compromise, all parties concerned might wish for modifications at
some point or other. However, these requests should be secondary, largely for
the good of the further political and economic development of the Union”.
Clement, Federal Minister of Economics and Labour
Newsletter Sep/Oct, 2003
“OUR TASK IS
NOTHING LESS THAN THE CREATION OF A NEW CONSTITUTIONAL ORDER FOR A NEW UNITED EUROPE.
Times 22 March 2003
IN A NUT SHELL
THE NEW EUROPEAN
CONSTITUTION WILL –
COMPOUND THE EU’S ECONOMIC DISLOCATION
ENSURE NATIONAL PARLIAMENTS LOSE SIGNIFICANT
POWERS TO THE EU INSTITUTIONS
EXPAND EU POWERS INTO JUSTICE AND HOME AFFAIRS
DEVELOP A COMMON EU FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICY
MAKE THE EU INSTITUTIONS THE UK’S REAL GOVERNMENT