Thanks to CallingEngland, commenting on my preceding post, I find that the letter* referred to had already been published by John Redwood - and yes, it is one hell of a read. (no apology for the pun) From one who professes to be a eurosceptic we read:
"My suggestion is we should make a very modest proposal to the EU, urging our government to use this moment to negotiate a long term solution to the UK’s problem. The proposal would be that we will happily allow the other members to do whatever they like without our seeking to block or veto it. In return we will be given the right to opt out of anything that the EU has agreed or may agree in the future, as Parliament sees fit. The rest of the EU would be spared the UK acting as the brake on the train, the wrecker at the unification party. The UK would be spared having law and regulation forced upon us with which we did not agree.
Normally we would go along with new and old EU legal proposals. We would still sit down to negotiate and draft with the others. We often might reach collective agreement with them and happily implement what was decided. We would not however, be able to hold them up or resist if they were determined to do something, and they would not be able to force us to do it. We would need to be able to go back over past agreements, but would do so sparingly and only after raising it with them to see if all EU members might like to repeal or amend the offending law." (Emphasis mine)
Redwood then continues to write that with the above, the UK would once again be a democracy. No it will not and never will be whilst 'decisions' are taken 'as Parliament sees fit' without deference to the people.
I can but repeat the question: how can powers ceded be reclaimed from an organisation whose basic 'raison d'être' is ever closer union. As for Redwood's intention that in reviewing past agreements we would only do so sparingly, it leaves me totally speechless. I had always believed Redwood to be a man of principle and honour, one who believed in self-governance. Unfortunately I now find he is no better than the majority of his parliamentary colleagues who, like others, are prepared to disregard their Privy Councillor Oath and see a foreign entity able to interfere in the governance of our nation. Shame on you Mr. Redwood.
As an aside and for the benefit of the public, it might be an idea if the word 'eurosceptic' - a word that has been stretched beyond its original meaning - were to be abolished and instead the word 'anti-EU' substituted. After all, it would at least enable the public to see who is to be trusted and who is only too willing to claim their 30 pieces of silver.
* The reason for my having missed the letter can be found in Redwood's existing version of his post and the content that I cut & pasted - you will note that the beginning of his last paragraph has been changed (much like his principles, it would seem)....................