1965 The EU publishes its first "Memo on
Regionalisation" the "First Commission Communication
on Regional Policy'.
1966 British politicians dutifully start
to enforce this EU policy.
1971 The European Commission produced the
map of England broken up into the 9 regions.
1973 EU "Common Regional Policy"
1987 Single European Act expanded Regional
1992 Regionalisation was introduced in
Article 198 of the Maastricht treaty, which
re-stated much of the 1957 Treaty of Rome. Its 130
unreadable pages cross refer to other treaties by
Article number, so without reading all the treaties
at once, an impossible task, it conceals its true
intent. Article 198 set up the Committees of the
regions (24 representatives in UK).
1997 Amsterdam Treaty (Articles 263-5)
Destroys England in all its forms and creates 9
regions responsible directly to Brussels, bypassing
Westminster. Kent, Surrey and Sussex are to be ruled
from Calais, effectively becoming part of France,
except there won't be a France.
Cornwall will disappear into the SW Region, an EU
"County" stretching from Lands End to Cheltenham,
and be administered by the unelected authority in
Exeter, who will get their orders direct from the
Brussels government of unelected Commissioners.
The Committee of the Regions means 444 extra
representatives to pay for in Europe, plus their
staff, travel and other expenses
The creation of the new regional boundaries took
place well over a decade ago, its used by a number
of authorities (eg the RDA, FSB, and in the 1999 and
2004 EU elections to the powerless European
Parliament. The map is in the foyer of the European
Commission office in London, entitled: "Local
Authorities in the United Kingdom".
1999 EUrostat NUTS maps published March
also define the regions shape and size.
The SW Regional Assembly has already defined the
boundaries for the Unitary authorities. SE Cornwall
leaves what was Cornwall and joins Plymouth.
2002 John Prescott announced the plans to
abolish the counties in Parliament April 2002 to the
horror of his back benchers, who wanted it kept
2006? The EU will abolish our counties
after the EU Constitution is ratified, currently
planned for next year; then we are imprisoned in
Europe, at least for our lifetimes.
David Noakes. http://drjn.co.uk