The contempt which the European Union has for freedom
and fairness has become evident once again, this time
aided by Labour MEP, Richard
Corbett, whose amendment to the Parliament's rules
of procedure would wipe out smaller groups in the European
Parliament and thus give more power to the large pro-EU
One such casualty would be UKIP’s pan-European Eurosceptic
“Independence and Democracy” grouping.
Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party, said,
”welcome to your future. This shows an EU mindset that
is arrogant, anti-democratic and frankly scary.”
”These people are so scared of public opinion they
are willing to set in stone the right to ignore it.
Freedom requires the governing elite to be held to account.
They must be getting very worried if they are enacting
such dictatorial powers for themselves.”
Mr Corbett's amendment would raise the threshold of
MEPs required to form a group from twenty to thirty
MEPs and who hail from seven countries, up from six
debate on the report, rapporteur Mr Corbett explained
that his proposal aimed at avoiding excessive fragmentation
of the European Parliament.
The last thing Labour wants is the EU splitting up
in any way, shape or form. This from the people who
devolved certain powers from Westminster to Edinburgh
Although the amendment was rejected yesterday by one
vote, with 15 against and 14 in favour, when the full
Parliament discusses the proposal in July, it is expected
to be passed, with the help of British Labour and Conservative
Meanwhile, the Commission President, José Manuel Barroso
the Irish that they will “pay” if they reject the
Lisbon Treaty in their referendum next month.
Mr Barroso issued the warning that. ”if there was
a ‘No’ in Ireland or in another country, it would have
a very negative effect for the EU. We will all pay a
price for it, Ireland included, if this is not done
in a proper way.”
Please vote NO, people of Ireland, for the sake of