On Democracy- written pre brexit

Democracy relies on the will of the people being represented.
Democracy is fragile and has stalled is a matter of current mainstream discussion.

An official UK government research paper of 2014 ‘The European Union; a democratic institution?’ (link downloads the document as PDF) describes the European Union as having ‘a democratic deficit’ (page 17).

EU definition (Europa) of democratic deficit:
“The democratic deficit is a concept invoked principally in the argument that the European Union and its various bodies suffer from a lack of democracy and seem inaccessible to the ordinary citizen because their method of operating is so complex”.

Of Democracy in Europe an article in the economist says:

The decision to introduce the euro in 1999 was taken largely by technocrats; only two countries, Denmark and Sweden, held referendums on the matter (both said no). Efforts to win popular approval for the Lisbon Treaty, which consolidated power in Brussels, were abandoned when people started voting the wrong way. During the darkest days of the euro crisis the euro-elite forced Italy and Greece to replace democratically elected leaders with technocrats. The European Parliament, an unsuccessful attempt to fix Europe’s democratic deficit, is both ignored and despised. The EU has become a breeding ground for populist parties, such as Geert Wilders’s Party for Freedom in the Netherlands and Marine Le Pen’s National Front in France, which claim to defend ordinary people against an arrogant and incompetent elite. Greece’s Golden Dawn is testing how far democracies can tolerate Nazi-style parties. A project designed to tame the beast of European populism is instead poking it back into life.’ Full article from the economist

Mirroring this unrest, research from Edinburgh University shows that 53 percent of French would like to hold their own vote on EU membership, and in Spain, Germany and Sweden more people are in favor of doing so than are opposed.

Ipsos Mori’s research agrees & Bobby Duffy, MD, Ipsos MORI Social Research Institute, said:

“The opinion polls are indicating a close race as we approach 23 June – but this new study shows Brits are the most convinced of all that Brexit isn’t going to happen. Having heard so much about ‘Project Fear’, and the risks of leaving, it’s interesting to see that internationally, the more common view is that the UK would suffer less than the EU from the break up. For Europeans, this possibly flows from their feelings about their own country’s relationship with the EU – they tend to feel there is likely to be a ripple effect following the UK vote. The Italians in particular hope to have their own opportunity to go to the polls on their EU membership – which lends a sense that even if the vote is to stick with the status quo in June, it will not be the end of the EU’s challenges.”

And it is well known that the Danes want less EU!

It is hard to understand why, if the Remain campaigns predictions of catastrophe across Europe if we leave are true, a better deal to stay wasn’t offered. That it wasn’t must either be because the catastrophe forecast is just ridiculous rubbish or that arrogance in Europe is so great that they would rather take the risk, than be seen to compromise.

As for representation. We have 72 MEPs out of 750. Less than 10% and they don’t all vote together to represent the UK. They sit in blocks of political alignment.
So what happens to us depends on having all our MEPS in agreement and at least 304 people from other countries on our side.

But the real decisions are made by the commission. You don’t get to vote for them and they are in charge. They make the legislation and the Opinion of the Council Legal Service is that “primacy of EC law is a cornerstone principle of Community law”.same download as above pages 20/21.

If we leave the making of all legislation will be returned to the UK.

So when you vote on 23rd of June you decide if you think it is better that we make our own legislation and that you can directly vote in or out the people who do that, Vote Leave, if you want to leave it in the hands of others, vote Remain.

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