Brian Binley MP for Northampton South has accused the European Commission of “not living on the same planet as the rest of us” and that they are “out of touch with the people” whilst debating a motion to approve a European Document relating to European Budgets in the House of Commons yesterday.
At the Treaty that created the European Union in 1992, Maastricht, Article A states: “That this Treaty marks a new stage in the process of creating an ever closer union among the peoples of Europe, in which decisions are taken as closely as possible to the citizen.”
Brian said: “The European Commission has clearly recognised the great strength of the first part of that sentence, but I fail to see where it has recognised the latter part. It appears to me that our Government has not got behind the spirit of Maastricht and perhaps they ought to look at that sentence again.”
“For too long the European Union has failed to recognise that edict. The very fact that the European Commission could propose a 5.9% increase this year shows just how out of touch it is, at a time when Europe is raging under the constraints of the defunct EU currency.”
“I welcome what the Government has done to get the 5.9% additional contribution down, and I congratulate them. However, I believe they have to do more in Europe. They have to point out article A of the Treaty to the EU, and particularly to the eurozone."
“They have to point out that if democracy is to succeed, we have to make every effort to get closer to the people, not to take Government away from the people. The truth is that the whole European adventure has achieved the latter, and it is about time that our government got the point that they ought to aim for the former.”