EU is no land of milk and honey

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - COMMENT -

Sir, – Few could have imag­ined that the re­sult of the ref­er­en­dum vote, which many con­sid­ered a fairly straight­for­ward de­ci­sion to leave the EU, would end up in chaos, un­cer­tainty, bit­ter­ness and divi­sion on an un­prece­dented scale.

Try­ing to make sense of this cur­rent par­lia­men­tary bick­er­ing and con­sti­tu­tional con­fu­sion is like at­tempt­ing to un­der­stand fraught re­la­tion­ships at a tod­dler’s birth­day party, the only dif­fer­ence be­ing that we know tod­dlers will even­tu­ally grow up.

The cur­rent Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions de­ba­cle also draws at­ten­tion to the na­ture of the EU it­self which ap­pears to be that of an in­tran­si­gent, pe­nal­is­ing po­lit­i­cal or­gan­i­sa­tion ob­sessed with control and cen­tral­i­sa­tion of power which surely con­firms that mem­ber­ship un­equiv­o­cally re­moves any pre­cious thoughts of sovereignty that in­di­vid­ual nations might har­bour.

What is more, the EU has made no se­cret of this fact and is doggedly pur­su­ing their ul­ti­mate goal of po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic dom­i­nance over the fu­ture fed­eral states of Europe.

Merkel has called on EU coun­tries to “give up more sovereignty”.

The prospect of Brexit rat­tles the EU and their cause.

Adding to this ridicu­lous spec­ta­cle and seem­ingly in­dif­fer­ent to the dis­mal per­for­mance of her own Gov­ern­ment do­mes­ti­cally, First Minister Stur­geon has ploughed in with her own Brexit wreck­ing ball obliv­i­ous to the in­con­gruity of her stance where leav­ing the EU is bad for Bri­tain but leav­ing the UK and the EU, with the po­ten­tial for decades of eco­nomic hard­ship, is good for Scot­land.

The stran­gle­hold of the EU and all its ghastly power grab­bing bu­reau­cracy def­i­nitely has an at­trac­tion for our First Minister for what­ever rea­son is un­clear.

This end­less source of frus­tra­tion cre­ated by self-seek­ing, ide­o­log­i­cally driven politi­cians and or­gan­i­sa­tions with vested in­ter­ests, all ap­par­ently with a fine con­tempt for democ­racy, has got to stop.

Alas, that’s not in the na­ture of this par­tic­u­lar po­lit­i­cal beast – yet for­tu­nately we still have a democ­racy that can put it out of its misery.

Iain G Rich­mond. Guildy House, Monikie.

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