Britain, Beware! Europe Is Gunning for You
It is like 1940 all over again. Seventy-one years after the Battle of Britain, the British once again stand alone against a German-dominated Europe. But this time, it isn’t Panzer tank barrels and V-2 rockets being aimed across the Channel: It is the accusing fingers of Europe’s most powerful leaders.
Prime Minister David Cameron was ambushed Dec. 9, 2011. European elites knew Britain would never willingly cede custodianship of its financial system to Europe, yet they pushed for it anyway. When it was Mr. Cameron’s turn to speak, he was left with no choice but to reject EU domination. The Europeans were infuriated. Moments later, French President Nicolas Sarkozy used that to justify an intergovernmental treaty that left Britain out. European Union President Herman Van Rompuy then proposed moving forward with an intergovernmental agreement of the 17 eurozone nations. France seconded the motion, immediately followed by Germany. It was as if Britain wasn’t even a member of the European Union.
Minutes later, every other European Union member had fallen in line—except Britain!
Britain on the Menu
Conservative mep Daniel Hannan was in the European Parliament a few days after Mr. Cameron rejected the EU’s plan to solve its debt crisis. “I wish I could adequately convey the intensity of the anti-British feeling in the European Parliament,” he wrote. “In today’s debate on last week’s Brussels summit, speaker after speaker rose to denounce our entire nation as selfish, narrow-minded and arrogant. … You needed to be present, to hear the yowling and shrieking and desk-banging that accompanied every Anglophobic utterance” (emphasis added throughout).
These weren’t minor or fringe EU officials. They were the voices of the European Union’s largest political parties!
British mep Nigel Farage was also in the European Parliament following the EU summit, and reported via Twitter, “There’s a real hatred of the UK in the EP chamber today.”
One of the most arresting diatribes came from mep Guy Verhofstadt, Belgium’s former prime minister. “When you are invited to a table,” he told Britain, “it is either as a guest or you are part of the menu.”
European officials have decided how to make Britain pay for its actions. Rebecca Harms, leader of the European Greens, warned that Britain’s “selfish strategy” for protecting London as a financial hub “cannot [be] tolerate[d] any longer.” European Economics Commissioner Olli Rehn agreed. If Mr. Cameron’s decision to veto the plan was “intended to prevent bankers and financial corporations of the City from being regulated, that’s not going to happen,” he warned. Europe, it seems, is about to step up its assault on Britain’s financial sector regardless!
That’s unwelcome news for Britain’s economy. In the 2009/10 tax year, the British government collected £53.4 billion in taxes from its financial services sector. That’s more than 10 percent of its taxes for the year. Britain’s financial services economy had a £35.2 billion trade surplus last year, the only industry that generated a substantial surplus. According to Hannan, the finance industry “is as important to [Britain] as heavy industry is to Germany or agriculture to France.”
Yet Britain’s financial sector is not the only asset Brussels is targeting. European officials are openly talking about cancelling Britain’s annual rebate check (£2.7 billion in 2010). “The British check … is now up for question,” European People’s Party leader Joseph Daul said on December 13. “Tax monies should be spent on someone else rather than compensating selfish nationalism.”
Asked if he was declaring financial war, Daul haughtily responded, “There will be no tanks, no Kalashnikovs before Christmas.”
The EU has decisive political power over Britain too. Using carefully crafted legislation over many years, Brussels has been expanding its reach into virtually every crack and cranny of British society. In an effort to appear democratic and avoid a public brouhaha with Britain, the EU’s legislative assault has been slow and deft. That will now change.
After Britain’s public revolt in December, Brussels no longer has to tread carefully. Using qualified majority voting, European officials can continue to create and impose all sorts of painful new legislation. In fact, now that Britain is considered the enemy, expect Europe’s legislative and political assault on Britain to intensify!
Right now, Britons are enjoying a sense of liberation from standing up to Germany and Brussels. But in the coming weeks and months, new feelings will set in: fear, then dread, and eventually horror. You see, without Britain around to slow things down, Europe’s transformation into a German-led United States of Europe will speed up!
European elites are working to destroy national sovereignty. A new political and economic superpower is rising in Europe, and the knives are coming out against anyone who stands in the way. Some nations know it and are getting in line. Other nations, like Britain, are about to find out the hard way.
When that European superstate emerges, the only thing standing between it and Britain will be a tiny strip of water!
Britain needs to stop celebrating, start praying and realize: It is no longer dining with Germany and its allies at Europe’s table. It is on the menu, waiting to be devoured.