Elected politicians do not have the right to cede to another body the sovereign rights of its citizens, except by explicit consent, expressed in a direct vote on the issue. Who says that EU citizens are willing to pay for EU policies The EU is a corrupt organisation, evidenced by the fact that the Court of Auditors has been unable to approve its accounts for the past 10 years.
As for Mr Steinmetzs statement that Europe whole and free is a success story, it is a matter of personal opinion. During the Luxembourg presidency, itemising the rewording of the stability and growth pact as a success beggars belief. This rewording was at the behest of France and Germany, both of whom were in breach of the pacts provisions over a number of years.
If a member-state is big enough, it can impose a principleIf you cant live within the regulations, then change the regulations to suit your needs. The implementation of any of the new provisions contained in the rejected constitutional treaty would be illegal and should be challenged in court. EU politicians are not empowered to proceed on those issues. Indeed, by inference, they are denied the right to act. So much for the EU legal identity, the EU foreign minister, the EU army, etc.
Before the politicians concern themselves with the strengthening of ties with other countries in the name of the EU, they should ensure that all the member-states are reading from the same music-sheet. The arrogance of EU politicians is beyond the pale. They want to become legends in their own eyes in their own lifetime.
Denis Gudgeon, Cornwall, UK