Bruno Waterfield, Daily Telegraph, reports that lawyers in Brussels and New York have interpreted a move to give the EU special status in the UN general assembly as also applying to 35 committees, 5 councils or panels, 7 commissions and 14 working groups. The article contains a response from The Dummy, aka the Europe minister, who states that this ruling is a simple technical change and does not affect the UK's sovereignty, or its role elsewhere in the international system.
One would have thought that those 35 committees, 5 councils or panels, 7 commissions and 14 working groups were instrumental in the formation of foreign policy, so it is difficult to see how this ruling is just a 'technical change'.
No doubt we shall hear Hague, now reduced to his rightful status as Ashton's luggage porter, complaining that the Lisbon Treaty was entered into without any democratic legitimacy and that there is nothing he can do about it now.
Just what is the UK doing with it's continuance of membership of what is intended to be the United States of Europe. It is not as if our present day politicians were not forewarned by one of their predecessors, someone far more gifted intellectually than they will ever be.
"The relevant fact about the history of the British Isles and above all of England is its separateness in a political sense from the history of continental Europe. The English have never belonged to it and have always known that they did not belong."
The then Member of Parliament for Wolverhampton South West in a speech to The Lions' Club, Brussels (24 January, 1972), from The Common Market: Renegotiate or Come Out (Elliot Right Way Books, 1973), pp. 49-50.The fact that a referendum on membership of the EU is denied the British people is, all things considered, but the fault of the British people. One day the British people will wake up to the fact that general elections are presented to the electorate by our political elite as an opportunity to change their government, if they so wish - in reality, under our present political system, it is no more than an opportunity to decide under which slave-master they wish to continue their lives.