‘H’ The Conservative Party and Europe.
Michael Howard has promised that
Conservative Government will ‘re-negotiate’ the return of our fish. If others don’t agree, he will legislate in
the House of Commons to take them back.
This is a cunning plan of those many
Conservatives who want to leave the EU, but don’t dare to say so. Spain and
Holland, at least, would not want to lose our fish, so they would challenge
their repatriation in Luxembourg.
The ‘Court’ would
have to declare the UK’s action unlawful, and we would then be faced with
climbing down or leaving the EU.
The Conservatives’ other plan is to
refuse to ratify the new Constitution, having won the eventual referendum, and
allow the others to go ahead, but only in return for the repatriation of (unspecified)
powers. This is less cunning, because the Treaties already
allow eight or more other nations to ‘enhance their co-operation’, even if we
One cannot help wondering why the
Conservatives don’t simply move to a ‘come out’ policy, bring UKIP back into
the fold [Kenneth
Clarke would not let his new convert off the leash] and win the next General Election.
Their biggest problem is that they are
stuck in their mantra: “ the
Single Market is our greatest achievement in the EU.”
it is a Single Market legislation, which does most of the damage to our
economy. There will be no compromise
with UKIP until the Conservatives come clean on that. They would also have to explain why they took us
into the Project in the first place; and politicians are not good at public