Best be leaving now

The European Commission has launched a public consultation to gather views of the broader public on setting up a European Labour Authority and the introduction of a European Social Security Number.

The European Labour Authority should ensure that EU rules on labour mobility are enforced in a fair, simple and effective way. Concretely, building on existing structures, the Authority would support national administrations, businesses, and mobile workers by strengthening cooperation at EU level on matters such as cross-border mobility and social security coordination. It would also improve access to information for public authorities and mobile workers and enhance transparency regarding their rights and obligations.

The European Social Security Number (ESSN) aims at simplifying and modernising citizens’ interaction with administrations in a range of policy areas. An EU Social Security Number would facilitate the identification of persons across borders for the purposes of social security coordination and allow the quick and accurate verification of their social security insurance status. It would facilitate administrative procedures for citizens by optimising the use of digital tools”.

Both initiatives were announced by President Juncker in his 2017 State of the Union address. Legislative proposals for both initiatives are announced in the European Commission’s Work Programme for 2018 and planned to be tabled by spring 2018.

There are two ways to look at this. This could be viewed as the EU steaming ahead to do all that which it could not do with the UK as a member, much like PESCO. The other way to look at it is that this was always the direction of travel. UK membership only really governs the pace of integration and a “public consultation” means they are going to do it regardless of what anyone thinks.

Either way, this is not the domain of a mere trade bloc. This is an instrument of an emerging supreme government, to which the UK would otherwise be subordinate. It is the foundation of Juncker’s “Social Europe” meaning that social and welfare policy will gradually drift toward Brussels and far out of the reach of democracy. Of course, this would follow that much vaunted Brussels subsidiarity principle. You are free to have any have any policy you like, just so long as it stays within the parameters defined by the Commission and the ECJ.

And this is the thing with the EU. Once consent is established for the basic foundation, the ossification process begins to the point where you no longer have the power, reform is impossible and like trade and agriculture, it simply drops out of public discourse. Why debate that which cannot be influenced? This is how we drift from democracy to technocracy – and subsequently stagnation and disaffection. That is why I would vote to leave every single time.

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  1. Jason BReply

    It says it all – a timely article. We have, as mentioned, Pesco ‘the European Army’ and now further objectives to bring us subordinate to them. Our financial London based center must be another possibility to well and truly stitch us up whilst delaying our exit.

    I am still looking for an answer to why and where in article 50 the three demands for a divorce payment, the Irish border and rights of EU citizens were to be met before trade talks could commence. Why could not parallel talks on all these things be made right from the start of 30 March..

    • StevenReply

      There was no requirement as regards article 50; we have the gormless David Davis and Mrs Mayhem to thank for that as they agreed with the EU’s sequencing arrangements and obvious intent to make our process of leaving as difficult as humanely possible.

  2. Adam HileyReply

    We as a Country need to leave immediately simply withdraw repeal all the treaties and tell Barnier and Juncker along with the gormless Donald Tusk to F off

  3. Adam HileyReply

    there now needs to be a movement against this apology of a Government & lousy opposition Parties and back alternative parties or preferably independents time to immediately leave the EU,ECHR Nato UN & IMF

  4. StevenReply

    I am not so sure about leaving the UN but we should definitely leave the EU, ECHR (it might be a good idea to have a BRITISH-designed Bill of Rights ect). However, I would give some serious consideration to leaving NATO. Britain needs to stop engaging in wars which have little or nothing to do with British national interests.

  5. Ian HolmesReply

    Sadly, the eu has ‘form’ in this area, and as written above, we all know what the end result will be. In the UK ,we had a chance, an opportunity to get away from the madness of an EUSSR style Europe, but our malingering politicians with their intellectual idiot complexes have totally screwed everything up, to the point where the eu is calling the shots, and their latest wheeze now appears to be to use any means possible to get May out of office. Sadly, they have form in this area as well, as the people of Greece and Italy know only too well. If they succeed and get her out of office, they’ll try and engineer a ‘remoaner’ leader who can backtrack on ‘Brexit’ and force a compromise settlement where we pay up every year, accept all rules and regulations from this ‘superstate’ with its unelected leadership, yet have no say or input in how those rules are written, or how our money is spent. The worst of all worlds, but it seems hapless David Davis (what the hell happened to make him go native like this?) has given up, just like he did when he feebly contested Camoron for the leadership, and gave a speech that was dripping in mediocrity. May-or-may-not is a fence sitter, and cannot be trusted to wrestle a satisfactory agreement to the benefit of the UK, nor does she command the authority to achieve this.
    ‘We’re all doomed, Captain Mainwaring, we’re doomed!

  6. Phil JonesReply

    Call a meeting of the 1922 Committee and remove Mrs. May just as soon as is possible. I liked David Davis but he seems to have been dragged along with every one of May’s “cave-ins”. It needs someone strong and principled. I have no fear in regard a suitable replacement for the appeasing Mrs. May. The course of Brexit has been set; it simply needs someone who can stand their ground in following that course. Put in a Johnson or Gove or JRM (my preference) or someone of similar commitment, and watch the EU tremble. Walking-away would then be fully on the cards. Anything is better than the present continuous caving-in which is a humiliation for the UK. I look on Theresa May as folding her cards when she’s holding a full flush.

  7. Gordon WebsterReply

    “National Administrations?” Please note, not National Governments. Mr Macron recently, in a fit of unusual anger that “the EU Free Movement of Cheap labour must stop.” From the horses mouth, and admission that French workers are suffering from the use of cheap Eastern European labour. Prof Minford, Jacob Rees-Mogg, and others, have said that it is the poor who lose the most, from control by the EU.
    How can MPs, employed by the British People, show a Stockholm Syndrome like subservience to an organisation which hurts the least able in their own country? If the Tories wish to survive in Office, they must make up their mind where their loyalties lie, or we can all stop the pretence at being in a Free Democratic Country.
    The British People ARE Absolute Sovereign, and Parliament only holds Temporary legislative sovereignty, by the Will of The People. That is the legacy our fathers fought to protect, and our forefathers spent 800 years creating. It is the legacy we hand to our children and grandchildren.

  8. John Petley
    John PetleyReply

    As a follow-up to this, My attention has been drawn to a recent speech by Martin Schulz, the leader of the German Socialist Party (the SPD). At his party’s conference, he called for closer integration in the European Union, with the aim of achieving a “United States of Europe” by 2025, while countries who are not on board should leave the bloc.

    He wants the EU to agree to a new constitutional treaty which creates a federal Europe, which can act together in policy in areas including domestic and foreign security, tax and monetary affairs and asylum and international development.

    “This constitutional treaty must then be presented in all member states and those that do not agree would automatically leave the EU,” he said. (See here for link to article)

    Of course, these are only the thoughts of one particularly nasty German politician, but if he agrees to go into coalition with Merkel to avoid having another general election, which is what is currently being discussed, the price he may demand could well be that this proposed treaty is pushed forward.

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