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January 25, 2005

Just How Much of our Law Comes From Europe?

Interesting little blow up yesterday about immigration and asylum seekers. The opposition party in a sovereign nation decides to  concentrate on those two subjects as part of the ramp up to elections in a few months time.
Within hours, a supra-national authority states that whatever you say, think, laws you pass, does not matter, for we are the people with power in this matter.
It does beg the question, is that nation actually sovereign in any meaningful way if it is not allowed the most basic of powers, that to decide who may enter the nation?

Being the wildly well informed sort of person I am I already knew that basics of this, of course, and knew the Tories were on a hiding to nothing. What really worries me about the story is this:

Europe's intervention in what has become a major issue in the election campaign took Westminster aback. MPs and officials were unaware of how much national sovereignty on immigration and asylum had been transferred to Brussels.

If the people who pass the laws and those who administer them were unaware, what about the man on the Clapham Omnibus? And what is going to be the reaction of the demos when they find out? If I were a competent politician (something which alas, the UKIP seems a little short of) I would be playing this up for all I was worth. Yes, playing the race and immigration card. Whatever your thoughts on immigration, asylum seekers, deportations, economic migrants, whether you object for racist, cultural, economic, over-crowding, environmental, reasons, we must leave the EU before we even begin to discuss what to do about it, for that is the only way in which we will have the power to do something about it.

Whatever you may think of the morality of such a plan, it would be good politics, would attract a lot of votes, if only the UKIP could actually get that message across. Or, of course, if the Conservative Party would wake up and smell the roses, go into the election on a platform of either a wholesale renegotiation of our relationship with the EU or we’ll leave.

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Maybe UKIP could state that if elected they would hold a referendum on leaving the EU and that they would immediately call a general election once the referendum was over. Then people could vote for them clear in the knowledge that they would not be stuck with the eccentric chaps at UKIP long term.

Posted by: Bishop Hill | Jan 25, 2005 11:06:16 AM

I actually made the Bishop's suggestion a while back on my blog, as a last ditch attempt for IDS when he was being hunted by his fellows. Howard could/should do the same.
Unfortunately they don't seem to read me. However, I dare say David Davis will try it next time.

Posted by: Peter Briffa | Jan 25, 2005 11:14:37 AM

I love this argument. Just when T B was thinking he had neutralised the EU issue for the election, it comes back to bite. If I credited Mr Howard with any strategic logic I might have said that this was his aim. Two well subsidized birds with one over regulated stone.

Posted by: EU Serf | Jan 25, 2005 1:14:44 PM