|Sunday, 23 March 2008||
Today the 800-year-old British constitution has been fatally undermined, and the British Parliament, against the wishes of the true ‘sovereigns’ (the voters) has delegated the government of Britain to others. Britons have become ‘citizens’ of a European Union, with duties towards and taxable by that supranational power. The British courts now interpret very little of our law, the British people have lost their exclusively British passport and the British Parliament is no longer responsible for 70% of legislation applying to the British people. This emasculation of sovereign Parliaments was recently confirmed by a German Parliamentary Committee which found that 70% of German legislation is now decided by Brussels, not Germans.
To most people this seems like a fatal surrender of everything which characterizes our country, our Parliament and our democracy. But even more disturbing is the fact that so many of the founders of the European Union in the 1950s had leading roles in the violent attempt to create a European Union in the 1930s and 1940s. Leading figures like Walter Hallstein, Walter Funk, Alfred Toepfer, Paul Henri Spaak and Hans Josef Globke were both active supporters of European Fascism in the 1940s and critical promoters of the European Union in the 1950s. The question is would most people wish to surrender their democratic sovereignty to a supranational power founded by such individuals? For that is precisely what has happened to the British people as the straightjacket of European constitutional power has tightened around their necks.
The British Constitution is (or was before Edward Heath’s 1972 European Act) principally the written historical record of the statutes of our Parliament, case law and convention since the 13th century. Each Act of Parliament was capable of overturning previous Acts or parts of previous Acts. Heath’s 1972 European Act purported to completely reverse that principle’¦quot;thus binding all future parliaments to the rule of Brussels with all future Acts prey to that 1972 Act. Thus Westminster statutes like the 1985 Weights and Measures Act and the Merchant Shipping Act have been overturned by those who passed them (British MPs) on the orders of the Euro-State. Later Treaties merely extended the 1972 obeisance to alien law (usually by deceit and sleight of hand) to ever more areas of policy making. None of this was ever contained in a British Party’s election manifesto.
But given the nature of the European Union and the history of its founders this is not surprising. It was Nazis who developed the Charlemagne Prize given to those who have done most to build the European Union (Bill Clinton, Edward Heath, Tony Blair, Roy Jenkins etc). And one of the leading European movements promoting ethnic regionalism was founded by the Nazis and is today funded by the German Government (the Federal Union of European Nationalities).
The modern European Union incorporates that same mixture of powers which we fought two world wars to defeat. Today, through the supranational power of the European Union, its single currency and its alienation of 27 national constitutions those defeated powers have largely overturned the Treaties of Versailles which concluded the First World War and the Treaties of Potsdam and Yalta which concluded the Second World War.
Western European (principally German) interests are gradually acquiring industrial and financial corporations, newspapers, television and radio stations in Poland, the Czech Republic and the former Yugoslavia. Czechoslovakia has been broken up as has Yugoslavia’¦quot;and into virtually the same petty states created by Mussolini’s Italy and Hitler’s Germany in the 1940s. Britain and the USA have managed to destroy their historic allies (the Serbs, Czechs, Poles and others) and promote their historic enemies like the Croats, Kosovo Albanians and Muslim Bosnians, all of which were devoted followers of Fascism in the 1940s.
The break up of Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia in the 1990s was based on a careful structuring of the European Union’s supranational law (to bypass parliaments), its presumption of ‘European citizenship’ (to bypass nation states), regionalism (to bypass democratic governments in national capitals) a central bureaucracy and ‘European Court of Justice’ (to replace democratic accountability with non parliamentary bureaucratic control) and the promotion of ethnic groups as a battering ram to destroy the homogeneity of the nation states.
None of this would have been possible without the removal of two fundamental pillars of democratic internationalism. Firstly popular sovereignty, parliament and the rule of law were made subservient to bureaucratic and corporate power.
Secondly at the supranational level all the historic and legal precedents which protected the nation state as sovereign (ie self governing) were systematically abandoned. The interventions by the European Union in Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia and today’s illegal recognition of an Albanian Kosovo were in defiance of the explicit terms of Section III of the 1975 Helsinki final Act (inviolability of frontiers), of Article 2 (4) of the UN Charter and of the first international treaty to set these principles, the 1648 Treaty of Westphalia. Significantly the latter treaty brought peace to Europe after decades of religious wars. But that principle is perhaps even more vital today to counter the supranational hegemonies of the secular supranational religions of corporatism, communism and fascism.
To say that the European Union is a combination of modern corporatism and historic fascism may sound extraordinary but I have laid out substantial evidence of just such development in my two books (Europe’s Full Circle and Fascist Europe Rising). Readers of this article might like to guess which of these quotations from European leaders stem from the 1930s and 40s and which from the 1980s and 1990s:
‘Might is right in politics and war . . . ‘
‘Genocide is a natural phenomenon, it is recommended, even commanded by the Almighty.’
‘Many Jews survive today thanks to the circumstance that they were forced Labourers. Germans are tired of philo-semitic over-compensation in the media and sterile grief Rituals by politicians . . . ‘
‘The Jews should consider whether they would have behaved heroically if they had not been victims of the persecution . . . ‘
‘Germany should now, as it has become peaceful and reasonable, get all that Europe and the whole world has refused in two gigantic wars’¦quot;a sort of smooth hegemony over Europe . . . ‘
In fact all the above quotes are from European leaders of the 1980s and 1990s’¦quot;in the following order: Helmut Kohl, Chancellor of Germany; Franjo Tudjman, President of Croatia; Professor Lutz Niethammer, Advisor to German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder; Klaus von Dohnanyi, the Former Mayor of Hamburg; and Joschka Fischer, former German Foreign Secretary.
No wonder, as Newsweek noted on June 6, 1997, that German troops who marched into Bosnia after the break up of Yugoslavia were greeted with cries of ‘Sieg Heil.’ We live in very dangerous times.
by Rodney Atkinson
Dr. Atkinson is the founder of Freenations and the author of Europe’s Full Circle. The article above is taken from a speech delivered at the House of Commons, February 26, 2008.
His publications can be ordered from Free Nations.