COMMISSION REVIVAL OF EU CONSTITUTION ‘AN AFFRONT TO DEMOCRACY’, SAYS MEP
NEW Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett must reject plans by the European Commission to revive the unpopular EU constitution, according to Caroline Lucas, Green Party MEP for South-East England and a member of the advisory board of the pro-European think-tank Centre for a Social Europe.
Speaking in response to Commission proposals for EU members to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1957 Treaty of Rome (which founded the original European Economic Community) by signing a commitment to implementing the constitution, Dr Lucas said:
“Unelected federalists must not be allowed to ride roughshod over the democratic wishes of the majority of voters in France, the Netherlands – and, if we were ever given a say, the UK.
“The Commission’s proposals to get the EU Constitution back on track seem wedded to the previously rejected document.
“Undoubtedly we need an EU agreement which defines the complex relationships between the various institutions in an EU with 25 members: but the Commission’s latest proposals seem to go much further than this and I urge new Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett to reject them.”