Letters: David Fleming, May 17, 2016

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As the referendum draws nearer, the ongoing issue remains over the mistrust of politicians. Can we trust the eurocrats in Brussels and at home? Consider their deceit over the years.

In 2007 the unelected European Council met in Lisbon to instigate a new Constitution for Europe known as the Lisbon Treaty. This was to modify and replace the 1957 Treaty of Rome and the 1992 Maastricht Treaty as a means of fast-tracking European Union from what was originally a trade arrangement.

Most of the then 27 member states ratified this new constitution without public consultation by December 2009. One major exception was the Republic of Ireland, which held a referendum. The Irish voted No to the annoyance of Brussels which reacted with a campaign of vilification. After just over a year Ireland was bullied into a Yes vote on a second referendum. The knock on effect was coercion from Brussels on Poland and the Czech Republic, resulting in those two countries signing up to the Lisbon Treaty. In drafting this treaty ex-French President Giscard d’Estaing stated: “That it was carefully crafted to confuse the public with different passages in different places on different pages, to mix everything up.” Gordon Brown as the new Labour PM used this as an excuse to renege on Tony Blair’s 2005 election pledge to hold a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. Consequently he bulldozed it through Parliament just days after the Irish initially rejected it.

Can we expect Prime Minister David Cameron to display the honour his PM predecessors denied the public over plebescites? On current showings the answer is no. Will he accept a Brexit vote without a push for a fudged second referendum? Just look at the history of Europe.

Central to the EU is fiscal and political union. Since 1990 it has been surreptiously pushing through a scheme called Interreg, a superstate to permanently overcome old borders. The impending referendum is not just about Brexit v Interreg, but about truth v lies and deception.

David Fleming, Paradise Court, Downham Market