Latest Election Demonstrates Support for EU CrumblingPosted: May 27, 2014
Latest Election Demonstrates Support for EU Crumbling
by JBS President John F. McManus
The results of four days of voting in the 28 European Union countries sent shock waves throughout the region. Voters in late May were asked to choose members for the European Parliament. Many chose opponents of the very concept of the EU. All across Europe, the main issues were membership in the EU and opposition to the EU’s wide-open immigration policy that has upset many Europeans.
In Britain and France, the anti-EU political parties actually won a plurality. Britain’s United Kingdom Independent Party (UKIP) won 28 percent of the votes, its largest number by far in any election since its founding 20 years ago. The UKIP wants Britain to withdraw from the EU.
In France, the winner was the National Front led by Marine Le Pen. President Francois Hollande saw his Socialist Party come in a distant third prompting him to state on television the obvious fact that the people were displaying their “distrust” of the EU and had delivered a result that is “painful” to him and his EU partners.
Across the continent, there were very few expressions of support for the Brussels-based union. Belgium’s Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo resigned his post and counterparts in other countries saw support for the multi-nation pact decline precipitously.
Undoubtedly, many voters feel betrayed by their leaders who led them, step by step over several decades, into a union whose costs have led to watered down sovereignty, economic downturn, and unwelcome immigration. What began as a six-nation coal and steel pact in 1952 grew incrementally into a continent-wide ruling body described in 2000 by former USSR leader Mikhail Gorbachev as “the new European Soviet.”
In 2003, British authors Christopher Booker and Richard North issued their book “The Great Deception” showing conclusively the massive amounts of deceit that led to the EU’s creation and acceptance. They termed the multi-decade process “a slow-motion coup d’etat, the most spectacular coup d’etat in history.” That same year, a proposed EU Constitution boldly pronounced that it “shall have primacy over the law of member states.” When asked to approve this EU Constitution in 2005, French and Dutch voters rejected it. Then, in keeping with the deceit that EU construction has always featured, a substitute “treaty” approved in Lisbon duplicated the rejected Constitution and approval by voters in any nation were never offered an opportunity to say “no.”
There are 751 seats in the European Parliament. After the results of these elections, a larger proportion than ever before will be “Euroskeptics” who will take places formerly held by EU supporters. UKIP leader Nigel Farage described the defeat of the three “mainstream” political parties in his country as “goldfish that have been tipped out of their bowl onto the floor and are gasping for air.” It is now even possible that British Prime Minister David Cameron will be forced to make good on the long-standing promise given by several of his predecessor PMs to hold a nationwide referendum on actual membership in the EU. A withdrawal by England, where the Euro currency has never been adopted, would be a devastating blow to the entire EU complex.
Obviously, many Europeans would prefer a divorce from the EU and a return to independence for their nations. Meanwhile, internationalists in the Obama administration and in Congress are pushing for a new Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) that would, in effect, have the United States become the newest member of the EU. Americans who value independence for this nation owe a debt of gratitude to Europe’s voters who have shown the world that all is far from well in the European Union.
Mr. Farage accurately predicts a coming electoral storm in this video from last November: