Season of the power grab


This is the silly season in blogging, where readers’ thoughts naturally turn to holidays and relaxing a bit – going on that day trip or whatever.

This is also the silly season when power grabs are made – when nobody’s really watching and when those who are are so sick of the topic are not concentrating.  This is when the EU Commission makes its moves on sovereignty.

Some of you will recall this, from May 4th:

On Election Day the European Parliament will vote to confirm an IGC (Intergovernmental Conference) which will take place on June the 17th and 18th in Brussels.  In this they are supported by the European Commission.

That IGC will amend the Lisbon Treaty (Protocol 36). This will require that the Lisbon Treaty be re-ratified by all 27 nations of the European Union.  That means that a new Prime Minister will have to ram a new Lisbon Treaty through both Houses of Parliament.

This is scheduled for the autumn, when all the mechanisms are in place and Cameron can do it, pleading “coalition partner”.  Rather than take the eyes off the ball, as the England football team did, we should be doubly vigilant in this season of the power grab.  We should pick up on those snippets which make their way into the media.

Today, we have:

Belgian officials, with strong French and German support, are pushing hard to set up new EU supervisors to police financial markets, giving European authorities the power to dictate to regulators in the City of London. “It is necessary to transfer some decisions away from national to European authorities,” said the source.

EU officials have warned British diplomats that the Lisbon Treaty means it will have to compromise on sovereignty because Britain does not have veto for either the budget scrutiny or financial market supervision measures.

Cameron’s reaction seems designed to placate his right wing:

Britain, along with other countries, does not want to give Brussels any tax raising powers and is deeply suspicious of EU attempts to get a share of new types of taxation, such as levies on financial transactions or CO2 emissions.

Then we look at Daniel Carswell‘s and Dan Hannan’s commitments to get that EU referendum going, the Albion Alliance decided not to re-form if someone else high profile was going to do the job but we’ve waited and waited and waited and it’s all turned out to be rhetoric, despite the PMBs Douglas introduced, which everyone knew were never going to be approved at any stage.

There’s an awful lot of placating the true conservatives by the Cameron/Clarke/Clegg party [Clarke is just another Heath although Cameron is a new type] and the issue at stake is our sovereignty as a nation.