Christopher Booker provides further proof that the slide into collectivist Europe (my description) and lack of sovereignty was predicted in a document in the National Archives dating back to 1971. The Common Market, European Union, European Community – just keep changing the name to keep us confused –  was brought in slowly and gently so as not to arouse suspicion. They knew that once we all woke up everything would be in place.

If there is one thing that seems to unite Europeans it is their dislike of the EC. We are quite capable of trading with each other without all the red tape and restrictions and statutes.

Does this affect the Isle of Man, you ask? Yes, of course it does. The UK is harmonising its legislation with the EU, remember? And we in turn attempt to copy and paste UK legislation. If the statutes were merely tweaks to our trading system I’m sure there would be no complaints. However, this goes much further.

With chilling candour, this paper (from FCO folder 30/1048) predicted that it would take 30 years for the British people to wake up to the real nature of the European project that Edward Heath was about to take them into, by which time it would be too late for them to leave.

All across Europe, from riots in Greece to those protest votes for Marine Le Pen and George Galloway, we see signs of how alienated people now feel from the “political class” which rules over our lives, out of touch with the rest of us, without meaningful opposition, no longer responsive to any democratic control. I am reminded of a document I discovered in the National Archives at Kew in January 2002, when sifting through papers released under the 30-year rule relating to Britain’s negotiations to join the Common Market. It was a confidential 1971 memorandum, clearly written by a senior Foreign Office official, headed “Sovereignty and the Community”.


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