September 7, 2011

Top Tory condemns calls for 'federal state' of Europe

By Martin Banks - 6th September 2011

His tone is fanatical to the point of being scary
Martin Callanan

The leader of the UK's Conservative MEPs has rubbished calls to create a federal state of Europe.

The demand, by British Liberal deputy Andrew Duff, was dismissed as "fanatical to the point of being scary".

The brochure was published on Monday by Duff who is president of the Union of European Federalists.

It outlines his Lib-Dem vision for a European super-state with Duff suggesting the creation of what he calls "formal second-class membership" for the UK and any other country which wishes to abstain from federalist goals in the EU's 'core' member states.

But Tory Martin Callanan said, "His choice of language betrays the intolerance, narrowness and inflexibility of his rabidly federalist agenda.

"His tone is fanatical to the point of being scary."

"We should not be talking about second-class EU membership, but flexible membership that is right for Britain. And that would make first-class common sense."

He questioned how much it would cost British taxpayers to fund Duff's "grandiose plan for a bloated budget and an ever-growing machinery of state in Brussels".

"We already pay over €9bn a year for the privilege of EU membership. How much more to fund this latest Duff idea from the Lib-Dems?" he asked.

He went on: "It may well be the right thing for the eurozone countries to pursue fiscal union - and if they wanted to fly a federal banner over that it would be their choice.

"But the UK should quite rightly reserve the right to renegotiate repatriation of key powers in any such fundamental change to our existing treaties."

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