Tarry for the Nonce

June 2, 2005

Britain Leads the Way

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 11:31 am

The U.K. wants to declare the E.U. dead:

Europe Minister Douglas Alexander said public opinion could not be ignored. His words left no doubt that Tony Blair wants the constitution to be abandoned when EU leaders meet to discuss the crisis on 16 June.

But the Prime Minister was fighting behind the scenes against pressure from France and Germany to go through the motions of holding a UK referendum – which ministers think would end in an even bigger rejection.

The honeymoon is over . . . but perhaps a temporary separation and copious counseling will help.

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3 Comments

  1. I doubt it. The EU was a stupid idea, inspired by bad politics treated as religion, and implemented in the most asinine way imaginable. (For a laugh, check out their Charter of Human Rights. Try to imagine something that absurd being written in Philadelphia, circa 1773. Try to even imagine anyone thinking in those terms. I can’t do it without laughing.)

    Someday, it is possible that the countries that make up the EU will liberalize their economies and remove trade barriers. Unlikely given the current attitudes, but possible. But they will never impose political unity from the top, because in the end, there are no “Europeans” — there are Frenchmen, and Italians, and Brits, and Greeks, and Poles.

    Comment by Toly — June 2, 2005 @ 4:53 pm

  2. The EU is still as much the EU as it has ever been; just no Constitution. It will be interesting to see if the rejection of the Constitution leads to a loss of confidence in the various treaties that currently form the EU.

    Comment by Troy — June 4, 2005 @ 11:13 pm

  3. But they will never impose political unity from the top, because in the end, there are no “Europeans” — there are Frenchmen, and Italians, and Brits, and Greeks, and Poles.

    Which could have been predicted all along. Over 2000 years of growing nationalist feelings will not be deconstructed overnight. A liberalizing of financial structures (anathema to the socialist regimes of the nations & the people who have grown dependent upon them) would help to unite the continent.

    It will be interesting to see if the rejection of the Constitution leads to a loss of confidence in the various treaties that currently form the EU.

    Who cares as long as the dollar remains strong, especially by comparison? Next year should be an even better travel year………..

    Comment by auntlori — June 6, 2005 @ 7:04 am


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