The UK’s accession to what was then called the Common Market (EEC) transferred sovereignty over a good deal of law-making from Westminster and Whitehall to Brussels. The constitutional upheaval caused by membership of what is now the EU was the greatest in the country’s history since the Glorious Revolution of 1688. As Prof Anthony King observed in his book ‘The British Constitution’ “Not only did Parliament cease to be sovereign, Britain itself ceased to be a sovereign state”.
The fact of being a member of the EU permeates almost the whole of the British government – to a far greater extent than most Britons seem to realise.” It is estimated that between 50% (David Cameron) and 80% (German Bundestag) of the laws that affect our country are created in Brussels by unelected bureaucrats or EU judges and many of their directives and all their regulations apply directly without any scrutiny or approval by our own Parliament. In many ways the numbers are irrelevant since one very bad law imposed by Brussels would outweigh a dozen footling changes emanating from Westminster.
What is really at issue here is the question of sovereignty: when a law follows the EU route it is rarely scrutinised properly and cannot be changed. The connection between those who vote and those who pass our laws, the very foundation of democracy, is broken.
Jean Monnet, one of the founding fathers of the EU, is quoted to have stated ‘Europe’s nations should be guided towards the super-state without their people understanding what is happening. This can be accomplished by successive steps each disguised as having an economic purpose, but which will eventually and irreversibly lead to federation.’ Ted Heath (Prime Minister at the time) discussed this with Monnet before the 1975 referendum so was well aware. And Monnet’s philosophy has certainly been the blueprint for European Integration as successive Treaties have removed more and more of the powers of member states. This process culminated in the Lisbon Treaty, a virtual carbon copy, in its effect, of the Constitution rejected by the Dutch and French, and on which the Irish were made to vote twice!
UKIP wants to return our sovereignty and restore the democracy that was taken from us by our own successive Governments, who have deliberately misled us about the purpose of the EEC and the EU. They have never impartially debated the advantages and disadvantages of membership of the EU and given the people the opportunity to decide for themselves their future and that of their children and grand children.
On top of all that we want to end the arrogance of the political classes and career politicians by having community representatives at all levels that listen to the people and who are advocates for those they represent and not for the furthering of their own interests or those of their party.
UKIP is not a right, left or centre party – it is common sense party and represents a revolution of the ‘Striving Class’, whether professional, skilled, semi skilled or manual, who work hard and only want what is best for their families. We live in the real world, have or have had real jobs, have real experience of life and do know the price of bread.
As of 25th September 2013 UKIP’s membership topped 31,000 and continues to grow. We may be a young and politically inexperienced party but we understand the concerns of the large majority of the British people because we are a cross section of those people. So join the revolution of the Striving Class and together we can change this country into something we can all be proud of. http://www.ukip.org/