A campaign for the European Union to become a “United States of Europe” will be the “best weapon against the Eurosceptics”, one of Brussels’ most senior officials has said.
Viviane Reding, vice president of the European Commission and the longest serving Brussels commissioner, has called for “a true political union” to be put on the agenda for EU elections this spring.
“We need to build a United States of Europe with the Commission as government and two chambers – the European Parliament and a “Senate” of Member States,” she said.
Mrs Reding’s vision, which is shared by many in the European institutions, would transform the EU into superstate relegating national governments and parliaments to a minor political role equivalent to that played by local councils in Britain.
Under her plan, the commission would have supremacy over governments and MEPs in the European Parliament would supersede the sovereignty of MPs in the House of Commons.
You see, the people of Europe have been asked many times whether they’d like to be ruled in such a manner. Napoleon asked the question, Hitler did, various Bourbons and Hapsburgs have asked over the centuries too. And the general response from the citizenry has always been “No, Bugger Off”.
The French don’t want to be ruled by German bureaucrats, the English do not want to be ruled by either French or German bureaucrats. It’s just not what anyone actually wants.
Except the bureaucrats of course.