FORTY years ago, Britain joined the Common Market.
Edward Heath, the then Prime Minister, told us it would make it easier to sell our goods to our Continental neighbours. It was a monumental lie and, what is worse, down the years, it has been maintained, strengthened even by successive governments of all colours.
The real story began in 1920 when Frenchman Jean Monnet, a League of Nations official, dreamed of building a United States of Europe very much on the lines of the European Union we know today. At the end of the Second World War, Monnet, then the second most powerful man in France, set about making his dream reality. Knowing he had no chance of realising his ambition all at once, he planned to do it piecemeal.
First present it as a Common Market, then gradually, over the years and treaty by treaty create the core constitutions that would eventually be the Government of Europe.
The recent release of Cabinet papers show both Harold MacMillan and his European Minister, Edward Heath, were more than aware of the grand plan. Indeed, so fearful were they of possible repercussions, in 1961, the Cabinet formally agreed it must not be revealed to the British public. In Macmillan’s words, “to admit the political objectives of the Rome treaty would raise problems of public relations so great they should be kept under wraps. It was vital to emphasise only the economic advantages of British entry”. We are all now aware of the result of this betrayal.
Slowly but surely many of our long-held and hard-fought freedoms have been eroded. Our judicial system is now in the hands of a motley collection of foreign judges, and despite what our politicians would have us believe, we are now governed not from Westminster but Brussels. Now, as the result of various Prime Ministers trotting around the world blithely signing This Treaty or agreeing to That Act, a whole coop full of chickens has come home to roost.
In Spain, Italy, and Greece, the single currency (Euro) is at the root of the problems they are having, while nearer home, our membership of the EU means that from January, 2014, our doors will be thrown open to 29 million residents of Romania and Bulgaria.
From newspaper reports it is apparent the government do not appear to have any plans to cope with the thousands who are expected to flock here.