Excuse me, but does David Cameron actually know what he’s talking about here?

Let me set out some of the key ones. Powers flowing away from Brussels, not always to it. National parliaments able to work together to block unwanted European legislation. Businesses liberated from red tape and benefiting from the strength of the EU’s own market – the biggest and wealthiest on the planet – to open up greater free trade with North America and Asia. Our police forces and justice systems able to protect British citizens, unencumbered by unnecessary interference from the European institutions, including the ECHR.

It’s a basic starting point for the EU that powers once granted to it are never devolved back. But there’s a greater error there too. The ECHR isn’t an EU institution so what the hell has renegotiating our relationship with the EU got to do with the ECHR?

The ECJ, yes, but the ECHR?

10 thoughts on “Excuse me, but does David Cameron actually know what he’s talking about here?”

  1. Well I expect he doesn’t care, because he knows most of the audience will have no idea about that, but since Lisbon membership of ECHR is a necessary part of EU membership. Someone in his office at least will have spotted that the “British Bill of Rights” claptrap can’t work without renegotiating Lisbon.

  2. The ECHR is a European institution, though – which is actually what he said. Not that the anti-EU nutjobs in his party would know or care about the difference anyway. They are equally opposed to the EU and the ECHR.

  3. Camoron is a pro-EU traitor.A traitor to the cause of individual freedom. As is anyone who is in favour of the EU, the UN or indeed any form of Internationalism. I am not keen on nationalism either. But the answer to both evils is individualism not supporting political and bureaucratic scum in their attempts to form into bigger and ever more thieving and murderous battalions.

  4. Of course he’s quite mad. National parliaments working together to block unwanted legislation? What’s to stop them doing it now? Does he think it needs co-ordination by the EU or something? In fact, what precisely does he think the Council of Ministers is for, exactly?

  5. There appears to be only a handful of people who actually understands how the EU works and what powers it has and how it exercises them especially amongst politicians and journalists. For the truth it is necessary to turn to bloggers like yourself and the likes of Richard North. If many more people new about the workings of the EU then I believe we would be out of it in very quick time.

  6. The Meissen Bison


    I think it’s probably quite a big “handful” but your point is a good one.

    It’s either woeful ignorance or gargantuan bad faith on the part of Cameron to talk of renegotiating the terms of Britain’s membership. He disregards or discounts the acquis communautaire which in simple terms says that what has been devolved to Brussels remains thereafter for Brussels.

    There simply is no way back.

    Equally, there used to be an EU buzzword of subsidiarity which had it that powers that could best be executed at a local or national level would be so handled. We don’t hear the term much these days since subsidiarity would stand in the way of the ever-accelerating accretion of power to EU bodies.

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