EU elections: a new perspective


Much has been made at the Paintbrush of how the country which repelled fascism is now sending elected fascists back to Continental Europe. Whilst this, and Labour’s humiliating result deserve considerable mention, there has been little discussion of what the votes mean for the EU project in the UK. A rough analysis of the votes for the 6 most popular parties in this election reveal that support for openly (though to differing degrees) Eurosceptic parties is double that for pro-European parties.

I appreciate that this election involves factors considerably more complex than a general referendum on the European project. I believe, however, that this adds to the evidence that the virtues of the EU are not being adequately sold to the British people. Nobody in Government seems to listen to the increasing Euro-scepticism of the British public. There is no attempt to counter this through open debate. I am a European%20Flag(1)vocal critic of many aspects of the European project. I despair at the ECJ, I disagree that the doctrine of supremacy is a necessary part of the project and I think the idea of a common foreign policy is laughable. I am, however, a passionate supporter of the European project in its broader sense. The rise of UKIP baffles and concerns me in equal measure. Until we face them head on and expose their inaccuracies, we will be forced out of the mainstream of the EU by our own, sceptical population.


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3 Responses to “EU elections: a new perspective”

  1. captainjako Says:

    Would a single market be practical without the doctrine of supremacy?

  2. captainjako Says:

    I’ve always been a doctrine of direct effect man myself.

  3. manofkent86 Says:

    Arguably it works at present without a doctrine of supremacy. It has never been explicitly recognised by any of the national courts of the Member States. The fact remains that the ECJ is a joke for the large part and I see no practical or sensible reason why its decisions should take precedent over a decision of the High Court. A trade system which conferred political rights could easily be governed by the rules of PIL without the need to create a supranational body of law.

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