The European Constitution and the EU Referendum blog
A poll by EOS Gallup Europe, FLASH EUROBAROMETER 159/2 “ The Future European Constitution ”, shows that 79% of EU citizens are favorable to an adoption of a Constitution for the European Union, including 81% in Ireland (IE) but only 51% in the United Kingdom (UK). 69% of EU citizens are of the opinion that a Constitution is essential for EU institutions to function well and not to end in deadlock.70% favored a Minister of Foreign Affairs for the EU. 80% of those questioned preferred regional and local debates on the EU Constitution.
One major posting in this regard is found at the EU Referendum blog at
Although the EU Referendum blog is anti-Constitution (whereas the LawPundit is definitely pro-Constitution), their quite lengthy and detailed legalistic analysis is of substantial interest to the international legal community.
One example of information value – useful for legal commentators – is:
“Protocols: The 36 Protocols or agreements on particular topics attached to the Treaty now become part of the EU Constitution and are as legally binding as its substantive text. They include Ireland’s Abortion Protocol (No.31), which generated controversy at the time of the 1992 Maastricht Treaty. They also include the Eurotom [sic] Protocol (No.36). The Euratom Treaty, which supports nuclear power, was due to end in 2007 after being in existence 50 years. It is now given an indefinite lease of new life by being made part of the EU Constitution. In addition there are 48 Declarations, which are not legally binding but are statements of political intention by the States making them.”
The blog posting identifies as follows:
“ELEVEN KEY FEATURES OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE NEW EU
1. PROVIDING THE NECESSARY CONSTITUTIONAL BASIS FOR AN EU STATE….
2. EU POWERS AND COMPETENCES … THE EU COURT DECIDES THE BOUNDARIES BETWEEN EU AND NATIONAL POWERS….
3. EU LAWS TO BE BASED MAINLY ON POPULATION SIZE, WHICH ADVANTAGES THE BIG STATES….
4. MEMBER STATES TO HAVE NO EU COMMISSIONER FOR ONE-THIRD OF THE TIME….
5. A NEW POLITICAL PRESIDENT, AN EU FOREIGN MINISTER AND DIPLOMATIC CORPS, AND AN EU PUBLIC PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE….
6. AMENDING THE EU CONSTITUTION WITHOUT NEED OF FURTHER TREATIES OR REFERENDUMS….
7. “LOYAL” SUPPORT FOR EU FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICY… EU DEFENCE MOVES FROM “MAY” TO “WILL”….
8. THE EU CHARTER OF FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS GIVES THE ECJ POWER TO DECIDE OUR RIGHTS….
9. THE EURO TO BE CONSTITUTIONALLY THE EU CURRENCY….
10. EXTENSIVE EXTRA POWERS FOR THE EU….
11. AN IDEOLOGICAL CONSTITUTION….”
Read the EU Referendum blog for their analysis of those eleven features.
Although we see the legal analysis of the EU Referendum blog as quite useful, we find the conclusions made therefrom to be politically flawed. The LawPundit would opine that the EU Referendum blog does not place sufficient emphasis on the already visible and inevitable globalization taking place in a world of 6 billion people and a continuously growing world population, which presents global problems never before faced on our planet, problems that are hardly solvable by mini-states.
Whereas countries such as the United States unified their States long ago, creating the tremendous political, economic and military advantages which come through economies of scale, the nation-states of Europe have not advanced sufficiently beyond the days when every provincial baron had his own customs and tax collectors in his own little kingdom – and the arguments that the EU Referendum blog raises against the new European Constitution are not substantially different in tenor than the arguments raised by the local barons in ancient days to try to prevent the creation of those European nation-states.
Especially the British Isles have been the target for attacks and invasions of all kinds – and, without global US military might – the British Isles would today probably be a province of Germany. The United Kingdom and Ireland do not exist as free countries today by the grace of God, but by the grace of the “United” States of America, with the key emphasis on the word “united”.
Whatever else the United States may stand for, it most certainly stands for the idea that political, economic and military unification of large geographic areas and populations is the key to world power and security. The history of modern Europe, by contrast, is marked by constant war and struggle for hegemonial domination – all without any long term success. Obviously, the political solution now being followed by European nation-states is the correct road to achieving the long due unification of Europe, which in the long term promises a more potent and powerful union with greater security for all.
That there are problems to this unification – as the EU Referendum blog emphasizes – is clear, but these problems are and indeed must be surmountable if Europe is not to sink into provincial impotence on the world scene, sacrificing economic welfare and military security for old-fashioned notions. And it most surely can not be the case that cheap labor or European monies are allowed to benefit Member States – see also here – who would otherwise be unwilling to fulfill their responsibilities in strengthening the European Union.
United we stand and divided we fall. The principle is universally applicable, but especially to Europe, which must be able to compete against rising world powers in other regions of the globe. In the modern era, “Big Brother” USA has been the only thing standing between a free Europe and an enslaved Europe. It is time that Europe began to act with the responsibility of an adult among nations, and this means the timely ratification of the European Constitution by ALL Member States.
Then Europe can move forward, as indeed it MUST.