Aim to create a single state

So now we have it, at last. The truth. Jean Claude Juncker has admitted that the aim of the European Union is to create a single country called Europe, just as it was first propounded by Jean Monnet and Arthur Salter.

Wednesday, 27th September 2017, 09:00 am
Updated Thursday, 21st September 2017, 10:34 am

One president, one currency, one financial budget, one finance minister, one foreign policy and a single military organisation and capability, as well as the ending of national vetoes.

That is not to mention a single European prosecutor, which is something that will entail, inevitably, a single legal system because how else could a single prosecutor operate across borders where separate nations have different legal systems, where we and only two other countries have the presumption of innocence, where our citizens are protected by habeas corpus and the majority of citizens elsewhere are not?

When are talks to bring about a treaty for this new utopia to begin? 2019. How many times have I mentioned that date in these columns, letters, articles and election and referendum campaign speeches?

All these things were there to see for anyone who studied the EU in all its incarnations. It was crystal clear to me when I joined the Anti Common Market League in 1967.

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The aims are to ensure the growth of a protectionist Europe, with power centralised in the hands of the ‘wise and honest technocrats’ so beloved of Monnet and Salter when they proposed the emasculation of the nation state.

Those who wish us to remain in the EU must now drop all arguing about trade and say why we should give up or sovereignty, our existence as an independent country and become a mere province of a bureaucratic and undemocratic behemoth that is governed by an oligarchy.

But of course they won’t. The federalist, integrationist juggernaut will roll on.

I won’t apologise for saying I told you so. But thank goodness we won’t be part of it.

Nigel Coghill-Marshall

UKIP candidate Berwick-upon-Tweed 2015