Ian Paisley has just completed a quarter of a century serving in Europe as Ulster’s first elected MEP. His electoral record remains on the record books having toped the poll in every European Election since the Parliament came into existence. In Strasbourg on Tuesday 4th May he made his final speech to the Parliament.
Ian Paisley has lead a sure foundation for the Democratic Unionist Party to build upon in the next Parliament which sees a new era beginning in Europe with Enlargement. There follows his speech in full.……..
My Farewell To Europe
For the past twenty-five years I have been a Member of this Parliament of Europe.
Its rapid growth of jurisdiction is the political mystery of the age, but I do not believe it is to the best advantage of the European peoples. Enlargement has triggered off the destruction of the cooperation of the sovereign states of Europe, and brought about the construction of the sovereign super-state of Europe, the new tower of Babel.
The effects of the full battle between the voluntary cooperation of the European sovereign states and the dictatorial incorporation of those states into the European super-state have yet to be witnessed.
In our history super powers have always been detrimental to peace. The wars in the Balkans in recent years have been conveniently forgotten, when fiery advocates of the all-mighty Europe tell us the new Europe has prevented war and stopped war. Some prevention! Some stopping!
The present enlargement is bringing with it loads of difficulties, generally in the economic field and particularly in the agricultural field. Just how serious the reaping in Europe is going to be, remains to be seen. The day has yet to declare it. I especially welcome the fact that the United Kingdom will have its referendum, and that the ordinary European citizens in the United Kingdom will not be robbed of the right to pass their judgement on this momentous decision.
The continent of Europe is not our Fatherland, and never can be. Our nationalities cannot be changed, for they are the creation of God. No matter what sinful man may do, God has enthroned His Son King of kings and Lord of lords. He is the King of the whole earth, and He shall reign and rule for evermore.