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The United Kingdom to be replaced by Euro-regions

Thursday, April 1st, 1999

As a future United States of Europe takes shape, its member states will share a common political structure, modelled on the existing federal structure of various countries such as Germany. The EU’s 111 regions will each have its own government relating to Brussels … The really significant step was the Government’s Regional Development Bill. This proposed setting up agencies for each English region, to exercise powers handed down from Westminster on a wide range of issues, from planning to negotiating for funds.(Daily Mail, 1 April 1999, page 10, Article by Christopher Booker)

These agencies … are far more than just an extension of central government bureaucracy. They are truly regional governments in the making that Brussels wants to see throughout the EU.

At its heart will be a wholly new tier of government, created like a Trojan horse to lock Britain into our new centre of government in Brussels. And the cleverest stroke of all has been to unroll this whole secret agenda, replacing the United Kingdom by a series of client ‘Euro-regions’, without even letting on how all its different pieces fit together.

So closely has the EU been involved in this project that the European Commission office in London has helped set up regional conferences behind closed doors to brief local authority representatives on what is going on.

The new Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) are appointed by, and accountable to, the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR) and were formally launched on the 1st of April this year, following an Act of Parliament. Their creation has nothing to do with “Europe’s Bureaucrats”. The boundaries of the nine English regions, to which Christopher Booker is referring to, were set out in the UK Government’s White Paper entitled “Building Partnerships for Prosperity” published in December 1997, by the DETR.

Ten similar formal regions of England (Merseyside was designated separately from the North West) were introduced by the previous UK administration in 1994 in the form of Government Offices for each region as part of their 1992 election manifesto commitment. These designated regions (with slightly different boundaries) had existed prior to that date for UK central Government planning purposes.

As regards the constitutional paranoia exhibited by Christopher Booker, the only forum in which EU regions have a direct interest in is the Committee of the Regions. The British members of the Committee are appointed by the UK government. The Committee was created in 1994 as a consultative body, with no legislative power whatsoever, to be responsible for bringing a local and regional viewpoint on European Union legislation and policy.

All legislative decisions in the EU are in the power of the Council of Ministers (national Governments of the Member States) and/or the European Parliament.

It would be difficult for the European Commission’s London office to brief local authorities on what is going on concerning regional government of the EU, when all we have to rely upon is Christopher Booker’s imagination.

Devolution is an EU scam

Sunday, December 6th, 1998

Veil is lifted on new order for Britain
Amid all the furore over proposals for EU tax harmonisation, another important aspect of the political integration of the EU has almost wholly escaped attention. Two recent speeches….. have lifted the veil even higher on the plan to split up the United Kingdom as part of a “Europe of the Regions”, sidelining national Governments in favour of regional governments relating directly to Brussels…In the UK….. the setting up of regional assemblies for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is merely a first step, with an assembly for London to follow.
(The Sunday Telegraph, 6 December 1998, page 16, Christopher Booker’s Notebook)

The creation of regional assemblies for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as the London assembly, are all UK government policies and were part of the Labour Party’s general election manifesto. Furthermore, the creation of assemblies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland were all backed in separate referendums. It would seem that it is Christopher Booker who is out of touch with the will of the British people

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