A new report has revealed that several members of the European Union (EU) have drawn up plans to create a federal United States of Europe behind Britain’s back.
Germany, France, Italy and Luxembourg signed a document last September in the Italian capital, Rome, calling for the creation of “general union of states” in a bid to give Brussels bureaucrats an iron grip over the continent, the Britain's Sunday Times reported on Monday.
The joint declaration says the further integrated union would include a broad spectrum of policies and “should not be limited to the field of economic and fiscal matters, or to the internal market and to agricultural policy.”
“It should include all matters pertaining to the European ideal — social and cultural affairs as well as foreign, security and defense policy,” it adds.
“We are convinced that new impetus must be given to European integration. We believe that more, not less, Europe is needed to respond to the challenges we face,” it says.
“The current moment offers an opportunity to move forward with European political integration, which could lead to a federal union of States.”
The British daily said that “concrete proposals” to deepen EU integration will be discussed at a meeting in Luxembourg next month, just a month before the UK holds its In/Out referendum on June 23.
The news will come as a blow to Britain’s pro-EU Prime Minister David Cameron who said the UK will not be sucked into a European super-state should the people of Britain vote to remain in the EU.
“Britain will be permanently out of ever closer union, never part of a European super-state,” Cameron said in February.
The European Commission has denied all knowledge of the declaration, which was signed by leading EU politicians, with an unnamed spokesman saying that “I am not aware of any such initiative. This is not something related to the commission.”
However, Leader of the British House of Commons Chris Grayling, who has received the document, said, “This shows there are now serious plans for a political union, where those countries in the eurozone move towards having a single government.”
He said Britain and Denmark would remain outside the EU, but warned, “This new entity will still make our laws for us.”
“We have to decide whether we want to be an independent country or whether we want to be caught up in what is heading fast towards being a United States of Europe.”
'Stealth' plan to set up EU army
Meanwhile, another report has revealed that an EU armed forces is being set up “by stealth” with the merger of the German and Dutch armies and navies.
According to the proposal, the two countries would create a nucleus of EU armed forces to fulfill the long term goal of having an EU army, which was announced by German defense minister last year.
Mike Hookem, defense spokesman of the European Parliament from the UK Independence Party (UKIP), is expected to ask the European Commission about the role it has played in talks to bring the new German/ Dutch force together as a nucleus for an EU military.
The official said that the efforts are part of the ongoing centralization by stealth in the EU which Britain will be dragged into if it votes to remain in the EU.
The move is aimed at beginning a merger without going through the council of ministers and other EU bodies and then creating an EU military by stealth by adding other countries, he said.
In March 2015, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen threw her weight behind the idea of an EU army “as a logical consequence of European integration.”
“Europe will only stay politically relevant in the future if we are able to complement our economic power and our political influence with a truly coherent security and defense policy,” she added.
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