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It will no longer be a “constitution” and there will be some cosmetic changes to make it sound less threatening, but much of the original text remains. This is slightly embarrassing for countries like Britain, France and the Netherlands who are backtracking on referendum promises.
If all goes smoothly - and it is a big if - the new treaty could be in force in 2009 after ratification mainly in national parliaments.
EXPECTED TO STAY IN
● Full-time EU president - replacing six-monthly rotating presidency
● Single EU foreign minister (with a different name)
● European diplomatic service
● Slimmed-down 18-member European Commission (may be negotiable later)
● More qualified majority voting, fewer vetoes
● New voting system to make it easier to reach decisions
● Legal personality for the EU, allowing it to sign international treaties
EXPECTED TO BE AXED
● The “constitution” title: new text will simply amend old treaties
● Symbols of statehood: flag, anthem, motto (all will remain in practice)
● Charter of fundamental rights (but only hidden in an annex)
● Reference to primacy of EU law (it’s a fact anyway)
It is no accident that the European Parliament, for example, reminds me of the Supreme Soviet. It looks like the Supreme Soviet because it was designed like it. Similary, when you look at the European Commission it looks like the Politburo. I mean it does so exactly, except for the fact that the Commission now has 25 members and the Politburo usually had 13 or 15 members. Apart from that they are exactly the same, unaccountable to anyone, not directly elected by anyone at all. When you look into all this bizarre activity of the European Union with its 80,000 pages of regulations it looks like Gosplan. We used to have an organisation which was planning everything in the economy, to the last nut and bolt, five years in advance. Exactly the same thing is happening in the EU. When you look at the type of EU corruption, it is exactly the Soviet type of corruption, going from top to bottom rather than going from bottom to top.
PB: But all these countries that joined the European Union did so voluntarily.
VB: No, they did not. Look at Denmark which voted against the Maastricht treaty twice. Look at Ireland [which voted against the Nice treaty]. Look at many other countries, they are under enormous pressure. It is almost blackmail. Switzerland was forced to vote five times in a referendum. All five times they have rejected it, but who knows what will happen the sixth time, the seventh time. It is always the same thing. It is a trick for idiots. The people have to vote in referendums until the people vote the way that is wanted. Then they have to stop voting. Why stop? Let us continue voting. The European Union is what Americans would call a shotgun marriage.
Originally posted by TheComte
And when the NAU (North American Union) comes, it will join the EU and ASEAN as world economic unions, encompassing most of the world. They say it is economic, but it is just another step towards one world government. I agree that it is only good for a few. Most will suffer. I used to believe NAFTA was a good idea, not any more.