Reform Constitution: How to win the battle for a
Marc Glendening of the Democracy Movement argues
that only a broadly based campaign can succeed in forcing MP's to honour
Eurofacts 27th July 2007
Vol 12 No 20/21
The intellectual battle to establish that the new EU
'Reform Treaty' is in essence the
as Giscard's apparently defeated Constitution has been
won hands down - but unless we can develop a campaign of concrete action
to prevent its ratification [and only millions on the streets will
frighten our comfortable representatives at Westminster] through
we will lose the
The stakes are enormous because the
will keep article IV-447 from the
which enables the EU to incrementally self-amend
important sections of the treaty in the future without the terrible
inconvenience of seeking the consent of member state parliaments and
The campaign to prevent this possibly last significant -
upfront-transfer of powers to the EU requires two strategic dimensions.
'naming and shaming'
of MPs from all parties who are now planning to renege on
to their constituents not to ratify the
has been held.
At the last
the three major parties, as well as their smaller
counterparts, all committed themselves to
CONSULT THE PUBLIC FIRST.
Anti-referendum MPs such as Ken Clarke did not
specifically inform their local electorates that they dissented from
their respective parties' national, official positions.
THE SECOND STRAND of the
offensive involves the development of messages designed to motivate a
large section of the electorate to believe that this NEW TREATY, and the
EU issue in general, is of relevance to their lives.
The reason that the that the EU-sceptical movement
has collectively failed over the past thirty years -
TO PREVENT BRITAIN'S SLOW POLITICAL DISMEMBERMENT HAS
BEEN THAT WE HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO COMMUNICATE LINES OF ARGUMENT THAT
HAVE CONVINCED THE VAST MAJORITY OF VOTERS THAT THE LOSS OF BRITAIN'S
POLITICAL INDEPENDENCE REALLY AFFECTS THEIR LIVES.
Successive governments have thus surrendered powers to
secure in the knowledge that voters would
NOT PUNISH THEM AT THE BALLOT BOX
[This is our very point ,They have NOT combined as ONE
FORCE under ONE LEADER with ONE MESSAGE but with dozens of CAMPAIGNS
whereas the EU adherents have ONE MESSAGE and ONE LEADER in BRUSSELS!]
When Tony Blair initially set his face against consulting
on the original
-the Democracy Movement (aided by many activists from
other pro-referendum groups, including Mehr Demokratie from Germany)
approached all MPs and demanded to know if they would commit to voting
that a group of rebel Labour MPs led by John Cryer were
planning to submit when government presented its
In addition to virtually all Tory, Liberal Democrat,
Unionist and Scottish and Welsh nationalist MPs, forty two Labour MPs
signified their intention to vote against the
In April 2004 Blair then announced the first of New
Labour's U-turn on the issue.
NOW we have to start the same process all over again. On
the plus side, only 36 Labour backbenchers are now required to
SUPPORT A REFERENDUM MOTION
TO BE DEFEATED
On the down-side, the
are now prevaricating on the issue and refusing to define
where exactly they stand. Plus, as handful of Tories are planning to
vote with the
The DM will shortly start the process of distributing
across the country as part of its
Gordon -Don't be an EU Cheat.
campaign that will invite voters to write to their local
In addition the DM head office will write to every MP
informing them that we are setting up a website that will inform their
constituents where they now stand.
Those politicians planning to ratify the TREATY without a
REFERENDUM will thus be t locally. With only a swing of 2 per cent away
required for the PRIME MINISTER to lose
-many currently anti -referendum Labour MPs are going to
be put in a tricky position (as will their equivalents fron other
Posters and leaflets will be distributed in the relevant
target constituencies outing the local MP as a
Local voters will be able to download these materials
from their own website and will be encouraged to visit their
representatives at their local surgeries.
Public meetings will be organised to which the referendum
cheats, as well as their prospective rival candidates will bw invited to
come and articulate their various positions on the issue. A mass lobby
will be organised if and when the Bill ratifying the
Running side by side with this 'micro' level drive, the
EU-sceptical movement needs to develop 'macro' level arguments that
brings the EU issue alive for the majority of mainstream voters that we
have so far failed to persuade to take political action.
For example, this will involve identifying issues that
are touched by the
and spelling out the potentially detrimental effects of
extending the EU's CONTROL of these areas could have
FOR ALL THEIR LIVES
The GOVERNMENT will again resort to the Euro-Macarthyite
tactics it has employed before in an attempt to portray pro-referendum
opposition as the sole preserve of 'the right'.
This is why our campaign must be politically broad based
and why therefore it is really encouraging to see
UNISON, the RMT and GMP coming out against the
NEW CONSTITUTION TREATY.
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[In order to counter the EU fanatics we are able to use
the very words used by their own leaders such as the creator of the
Valery Giscard d'Estaing the former French
president who admitted that
'the changes made were few and far between...and more
cosmetic than real'
As far back as 1963 the president of France General d'
Gaulle at a famous Paris press conference when he declared his 'non' to
British entry to the EEC/EU:
'England is..insular, maritime, linked through its
trade, markets and food supply to very diverse and often distant
countries. Its activities are essentially industrial and commercial, and
only slightly agricultural. it has.. very marked and original customs
and traditions. In short, the nature structure and economic context of
England differ profoundly from those other States of the Continent...It
is foreseeable that the cohesion of all its members, who would be
numerous and diverse, would not hold for long and that in the end there
would appear a colossal Atlantic Community under American independence
and leadership which would soon swallow up the European Community.'
So it has proved today in August 2007.
It is interesting to note that instead
of taking de Gaulle's words at face value at the time many people in
Britain thought that they reflected a petulant refusal to share the
leadership of Europe with Britain and that he was being insulting and
perhaps even childish. It was even argued that his reluctance to let us
in was evidence that we would benefit from joining. In retrospect it can
be seen de Gaulle was a better judge of our own interests than
BRITAIN'S OWN POLITICAL LEADERS
He [de Gaulle] took it for granted that because Britain
was different from Continental Europe in so many ways it would be bound
to be permanently at odds with its European partners, however compliant
and short-sighted Britain's political leaders might be.
So it has proved. But if de Gaulle's words were true then
they are even more true today. De Gaulle, unlike his successors,
genuinely believed in a Europe d'etats. Today's European elites believe
Unitary European State
The relationship is therefore more fraught than it would
have been if de Gaulle's dream had been realised and it will go on being
fraught until there is a
With France taking over the EU Presidency less than six
months from now, it would not be surprising if the hyperactive Sarkosy
took up Giscard,s proposal as a way of stamping his mark on European
developments and further marginalising the pesky
How ironic it would be if the process of
was initiated by the
wouldn't it be better by far if we started to move towards the
exit door under our own volition,
rather than waiting for Sarkosy to bid us
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THE PEOPLE HAVE
SPOKEN-IS THE EU COMMISSION LISTENING?
Ditch the EU TREATY after IRISH
[Daily Mail-Wednesday, June
MORE THAN HALF of voters believe Britain should
drop the controversial European Treaty in the wake of its
rejection in last week's
The poll comes as the Tories launch a last-ditch
bid in the
HOUSE of LORDS
today to delay the
have signed a
within the past few days
, calling on the
NOT TO RATIFY THE BILL
[WHY DON'T YOU?]
IF YOU CAN SAY
'WE WANT OUT-WITHOUT
[Only an ultimatum by millions of
subjects that the new EU TREATY can never be accepted such as signing
RENUNCIATION of EU CITIZENSHIP
Details from petition creator
With the signing of the Maastricht
Treaty the people of Britain were given
EUROPEAN and BRITISH
The extra tier of citizenship was
thrust upon the people without their consent -and in many cases
The PEOPLE of GREAT BRITAIN should be
allowed the option of opting out of the EUROPEAN CITIZENSHIP if they so
wish. The GOVERNMENT will then be able to provide those who have opted
-only such as British (not EU)
passports, driving licences and other national documents.
EU laws will also NOT APPLY to those who
HAVE OPTED OUT OF EUROPEAN CITIZENSHIP
Let the people speak!
[Latest Addition - June07]
Daniel Hannan - Forming an OPPOSITION
to the EU
GORDON BROWN WANTS TRUST-BUT WHY WON'T
HE TRUST YOU?
HELL ON EARTH IN IRAQ
67% want powers back from
EU-ICM poll-June 21-2007-95%
of British people want a
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JOIN THE 10 DOWNING
Readers can add
their support to the growing clamour for a
REFERENDUM on the '"REFORM TREATY" by signing up to
a 10 Downing Street 0n-line petition
reads as follows:
undersigned petition the Prime Minister to guarantee
that the British people will be permitted a binding
REFERENDUM on any and all attempts to resurrect the
EU " CONSTITUTION" (and any or all of its content)
regardless of nomenclature."
Deadline for the
PETITION is 31st January,2008
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In London on
St.George's Day -1953
WITH THE ONLY PARTY WITH A MANDATE
TO SET YOU
THE QUESTION THAT THE
VOTER MUST ANSWER
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-SIMPLE IS IT NOT?
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SMALL PARTIES THAT SPEAK THEIR MINDS
WITHOUT SPIN AND LIES.
-ITS PARLIAMENT -WALES-ITS
AWAITS ITS PARLIAMENT-WHY?
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