European Union - Little chance of reform

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I feel obliged to answer Mr Norman Baker (letters, Friday June 7).

The plan for the European State was first broached by an Englishman, a Frenchman and an Italian in 1918 in the aftermath of the World War I. The purpose was to prevent such a war ever happening again. The plan was conceived as a political union from the start and never as a trading block though the people of Britain have been consistently deceived by their elected representatives.

Monetary union was an attempt to further this process by depriving nations of their independent monetary policy, a hypocrisy that is being played out all over southern Europe at this moment.

Not only have the nations of Europe been reduced to provinces by a gradual process of handing over to Brussels almost every aspect of government (a growing list of ‘competences’) but along with sovereignty has gone democracy. Nor does the European Government answer to the people of Europe; legislation is initiated by the civil service (Core per), handed on to the Commission and Council of Ministers where no nation has an interest in rocking the boat, and finally rubber stamped by the European Parliament. What chance of reforming this self-serving institution?

To regain democracy, at least in our country, Mr Farage is more articulate than most.

Marina Bury

Chiltington.