The Centre for British Influence fires their starting gun tonight in front of an audience of 200 people from the worlds of politics, the media, business, diplomacy, trade unions and think tanks with the intention, so they inform us, of bringing back sense to the debate of Britain’s future in Europe.
According to this organization many British people think their country is powerless in Europe, a belief that is dismissed as being fundamentally wrong and unpatriotic. Really? Perhaps the Centre for British Influence can demonstrate just where that power lies and with whom? Is it not unpatriotic to cede the right to make legislation, to cede sovereignty, to a foreign body?
The Centre for British Influence believes that it occupies the centre-ground (ah, the beloved centre-ground, somewhere now so crowded it is a surprise there is any room left) yet where a nation’s sovereignty is concerned there can be no centre-ground – a nation either has it or it hasn’t. It is, therefore, on the matter of sovereignty that the entire question of the UK’s membership of the European Union rests. Has not that sovereignty over the last four decades been eaten away, piece by piece, by the actions of the European Union in pursuit of “ever closer union”?
Update: Courtesy of cosmic in the comments the following link is worth reading as it contains some pertinent questions raised by Lee Rotherham: