Angela Merkel By Sven Mandel (CC-BY-SA-4.0)

Angela Merkel By Sven Mandel (CC-BY-SA-4.0)

For anyone in doubt, Angela Merkel has just addressed the EU parliament on 'The Future of Europe' and 'solidarity' is at the centre of her speech.

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Mrs Merkel, the German Chancellor – for now – has just finished speaking to the EU Parliament on the future for Europe saying that the EU needed 'solidarity' and 'tolerance', which we all know means more integration.

And as part of all of this she made a very clear and unequivocal call for the formation of a European army.

And there are a few other things she wants: a common foreign and security policy, a common monetary policy and banking union and a common immigration and refugee policy.

As the UKIP leader Gerard Batten just Tweeted: "Can’t say Europe has not been warned of what’s in store."

And it's not like Mrs Merkel is a voice in the wilderness on this – you only have to look at the previous utterances of those like Jean-Claude Juncker and Guy Verhofstadt to see that.

In fact, after Merkel had finished speaking Verhofstadt as part of his response said that Merkel had shown "…how beautiful this common project is"!

And the German Green MEP Ska Keller, referred to the EU as the world's greatest peace project and called for a unified Europe asking that the German government take its foot of the brake to achieve this.

And this should be central to the continued Brexit debate for Leavers.

We need to be throwing these calls and demands for enhanced integration and further erosion of the sovereignty and independence of nation states back in the faces of the Remainers and Second referendumers, demanding that they explain what all this would mean for the people of the UK.

As far as I and other Brexiteers are concerned this would lead to the termination of the UK as an independent nation state.

Every time a Remainer calls for a second referendum on EU membership, we need to demand that they define exactly what our membership would look like in five, ten and twenty years time.

We need to get them to openly talk about the EU army, which would require handing over operational control of our defence forces to the EU Commission, which would then be the body that tells our service-people when and where to deploy and/or to fight.

We must prise out of them what an EU common foreign policy would mean for the UK when it wanted to take a particular stance with another country, which might be at odds with what the Eurocrats want. And what impact would it have on our permanent seat on the UN Security Council – and consider that after the UK leaves the EU, France will probably be under pressure to relinquish its seat to the EU.

They must be clear that a common monetary and banking policy means adoption of the euro as well as the formation of an EU treasury system that would dictate to nation states how they use their money and how much they can borrow. It will also lead to common taxes and tax harmonisation. This would take away the ability of nation states to forge their own responses to social needs in their own countries. They would need Commission permission for everything.

And a common immigration and refugee policy means the total and absolute loss of control of nation state borders – countries will therefore cease to exist in the EU – they will be minor regions in a superstate.

When a speech like that made by Angela Merkel today is received so enthusiastically in the EU parliament then you know exactly where it is going.

That Remainers such as the Adonis's, the Cleggs, the Blairs, the Browns, the Clarkes, the Soubrys et al cannot be totally open and honest about this, is beyond me.

Why can they not just espouse what they perceive as the benefits of total political control of the EU over the UK, instead of trying to pretend that ambition does not exist.

Although I must say I agree with the Labour Party Brexiteer MP Kate Hoey when she says that many Remain supporters seem "more patriotic to the EU than their own country".

Arguing with Lord Adonis on LBC after he called yet again for another referendum, Kate Hoey said:

The problem Andrew, with some of the things that you are saying, it’s being listened to with glee in the European Union, who are actually now seeing it in a way of, ‘well we don’t actually need to compromise too much because there are all those people in England who actually seem to be more patriotic to the EU than their own country.

Now that did cause a nice little uproar in the studio, but the flak is always the fiercest when you're right over the target.

And in some good news it has just been announced that UK citizens will not need visas to travel to the EU for short periods even in the event of a no deal.

The Vice President of the EU Commission, Franz Timmermans, said today:

"On visas we propose to amend the visa regulation to allow UK nationals to be exempt from any visa requirement for short stays in the EU once EU law stops applying to the UK.

"But of course an important point: this is entirely conditional on the UK also doing the same thing for EU nationals, reciprocating."

That's one major plank of the Remainer argument that's just been whipped from under them!

Sources:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1044572/brexit-latest-news-updates-theresa-may-brexit-deal-today-eu-uk

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