The European Union’s Fundamental Problem

The European Union, in its current form, has a fundamental problem. This is that it takes sovereignty from the people without the people’s direct consent.

Let’s look at it this way. Four of the EU’s six biggest countries, France, Germany, Italy, and Poland, as well as numerous other EU members, are all republics. The definition of a republic, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is “a government in which supreme power resides in a body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by elected officers and representatives responsible to them and governing according to law.” The sovereignty belongs to the people but is exercised by their elected representatives. The sovereignty clearly belongs to the people, and they have only leased it to their representatives, and so clearly the representatives do not have  the power to give the authority away, and yet that is exactly what the elected officials in the EU are doing: they are giving away the sovereignty that was only delegated to them, which they have no right to do.

Let me put this into an analogy. (As analogies go, it’s a rather bad one, and for that I apologize). Let’s say I own a company.  I appoint a CEO for my company, and I say, “manage it.” He goes to another company and offers to give them complete control over my workers, my buildings, and my assets. Did he have that power? No. (Side note: Rather an odd analogy for a socialist like myself to make, but I couldn’t think of anything better).

My point, which I have made rather clumsily here, is that whenever the EU expands its powers, in effect gaining more sovereignty from its members, the national leaders who agree to give the EU more and more of their countries’ sovereignty do not have the power to give that sovereignty, only the people of the nation do. This is what is fundamentally wrong with the EU: It is taking sovereignty from its member states without the direct consent of those who actually hold the sovereignty, the people.

This doesn’t technically apply to constitutional monarchies, such as Britain, Spain, or the Netherlands, butthe principal remains the same.


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