We didn’t take de Gaulle’s hint

Ashbourne News Telegraph - - OPINIONS & LETTERS -

AS with any hu­man un­der­tak­ing, the mo­tives of those lead­ing the Euro­pean Union are mixed and were so from the be­gin­ning. There is a strong au­thor­i­tar­ian streak.

I have a trans­lated speech by Dr Walther Hall­stein, the first Pres­i­dent of the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion, on har­mon­i­sa­tion of the le­gal sys­tem across dif­fer­ent Euro­pean coun­tries. Noth­ing re­mark­able about that – but it was de­liv­ered to a Nazi rally or­gan­ised by the Uni­ver­sity of Ro­s­tock in early 1939 and re­ferred to ter­ri­to­ries which had then re­cently come un­der Nazi con­trol. He car­ried on in the har­mon­i­sa­tion busi­ness af­ter the war for the Euro­pean Eco­nomic Com­mu­nity.

Some in­flu­en­tial pa­pers were pro­duced in Ger­many un­der the ti­tle of “Euro­pean Eco­nomic Com­mu­nity”. I trans­lated them for my­self.

They were pub­lished in Ber­lin in 1942 and, apart from oc­ca­sional un­com­pli­men­tary ref­er­ences to Mr Churchill and Pres­i­dent Roo­sevelt and ex­ul­ta­tion at the ex­tinc­tion of the English eco­nomic sys­tem, there is hardly any­thing in them which has not since come out of the post war EEC/EU or the Euro­pean Move­ment.

More re­cently, I in­ter­viewed

Lord Wals­ing­ham, who was in the Ger­man depart­ment of the For­eign Of­fice dur­ing the At­tlee gov­ern­ment in 1950 when Mon­net and Schu­man were launch­ing the Euro­pean

Coal and Steel Com­mu­nity – the fore­run­ner of the EU.

Lord Wals­ing­ham said that Bri­tish In­tel­li­gence knew that the Coal and Steel treaty in­cluded se­cret clauses be­tween France and Ger­many that each would sub­sidise the other’s heavy in­dus­try when in com­pe­ti­tion with Bri­tain – to weaken our econ­omy and slowly se­cure the undis­puted mil­i­tary as­cen­dancy of the Euro­pean Pro­ject over the con­ti­nent.

Gen­eral de Gaulle did us the ines­timable good turn of keep­ing us out in 1963 but un­for­tu­nately we did not take the hint. By 1965 de Gaulle him­self had the mea­sure of the Euro­pean Pro­ject.

“As for the Com­mis­sion it de­serves to dis­ap­pear. I want no more of Hall­stein... I want no more to do with them... I want no more that the French gov­ern­ment should have to do busi­ness with these types.

“The prob­lem is this mafia of supra­na­tion­al­ists, whether com­mis­sion­ers, deputies or bu­reau­crats. They are all en­e­mies. They have been put there by our en­e­mies”.

So, faced with the in­stinc­tive re­vul­sion of the Bri­tish peo­ple from the EU’S anti-demo­cratic sys­tem of gov­ern­ment, it is not sur­pris­ing that to­day’s suc­ces­sors of this mafia gave Mrs May a hard time and a con­temp­tu­ous of­fer of a Vichy style of re­la­tion­ship with the EU – one which we will not be al­lowed to leave with­out per­mis­sion. I sus­pect they were even more vi­cious be­cause Mrs May was once one of them and re­garded as a turn­coat. Ed­ward Spal­ton Ad­dress sup­plied

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