Brexit and sovereignty

The Daily Telegraph - - Letters To The Editor -

SIR – Nigel Farage “(Jean-claude Juncker has made clear the EU’S anti-demo­cratic bent. Thank good­ness we’re leav­ing”, tele­graph.co.uk, Septem­ber 14) con­fuses democ­racy with sovereignty.

The cre­ation of a Euro­pean army is not un­demo­cratic, as di­rectly elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives who have been en­trusted with such de­ci­sions will be free to de­cide whether or not to par­tic­i­pate or not in such an en­deav­our. How­ever, it is def­i­nitely a mat­ter of sovereignty, as it re­quires re­lin­quish­ing full con­trol of a na­tional army and ex­chang­ing it for joint con­trol of a com­bined one.

Views on sovereignty are so per­sonal that they can quickly change de­pend­ing on the sac­ri­fices re­quired to pre­serve or re­cover it. Fifty-two per cent of the UK elec­torate voted for Brexit, which is a vote for more sovereignty; but as the costs of this sovereignty ma­te­ri­alise over time, some may start think­ing a Euro­pean army (among other things) was a much smaller price to pay af­ter all. An­tero Touchard

Madrid, Spain

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