It’s ignorant to say we are ‘ruled by Brussels’
I RECENTLY watched a TV discussion in which an MP asked the question: If Scotland is keen for its parliament to be sovereign, why would it contemplate joining the EU and so lose that sovereignty?
Was he simply ignorant, or making a deliberately misleading statement? Parliamentary sovereignty is never lost. It can in part be ceded where thought beneficial and always regained when thought fit to do so.
The UK partially cedes sovereignty in almost every agreement we have with nations around the globe – trade, military, political, extradition etc.
Ignorance in this matter has frequently shown itself with regard to the EU/UK relationship. “Ruled by Brussels” is as ignorant a statement as you can get. Ever since The UK joined the EU, UK national interests, in the matter of EU laws, were always fully protected.
During the proposal and draft stages of EU law, we had the undeniable right to opt out of, or veto, anything we believed was not in the UK’s interest, e.g., opting out of the euro.
How much control we had over EU laws is shown by the fact that, over the past 12 years, we voted for an astonishing 90% of enacted EU law, having vetted their progress from initial to final stages. The 10% not voted for were of little interest to the UK, or we would have opted out of, or vetoed them. Ruled by Brussels? We were Brussels! A major player in the making and enactment of EU law. Anthony Jones, Oakwood