“where those countries in the eurozone move towards having a single government”
PLANS for a United States of Europe have been drawn up in a bid to give Brussels bureaucrats an iron grip over the continent, it has been revealed.
By ALIX CULBERTSON
PUBLISHED: 00:00, Mon, Apr 25, 2016 | UPDATED: 00:04, Mon, Apr 25, 2016
In a direct challenge to David Cameron’s claims of British sovereignty, Germany, France, Italy and Luxembourg signed a document last September in Rome calling for the creation of a “general union of states”, which has only now come to light.
The further integrated union would not only take a central hold over economic and fiscal matters, as well as internal markets, but would also include social and cultural affairs and foreign, security and defence policy of member states.
The paper says “concrete” proposals” to enhance European Union (EU) integration will be drawn up at a meeting in Luxembourg in May, just a month before the UK holds its In/Out referendum on June 23.
The news will come as a blow to pro-EU Prime Minister David Cameron who has sought to reassure voters Britain will not be part of a European superstate.
The joint declaration says: “We are convinced that new impetus must be given to European integration.
“We believe that more, not less, Europe is needed to respond to the challenges we face.”
It says deeper integration “should not be limited to the field of economic and fiscal matters, or to the internal market and to agricultural policy”.
It adds: “It should include all matters pertaining to the European ideal – social and cultural affairs as well as foreign, security and defence policy.
“The current moment offers an opportunity to move forward with European political integration, which could lead to a federal union of States.”
Chris Grayling, leader of the Commons, who was sent the document, told the Sunday Times: “This shows there are now serious plans for a political union, where those countries in the eurozone move towards having a single government.”
He said Britain and Denmark would remain outside, but warned: “This new entity will still make our laws for us.
“We will have very little say in what happens.
“We have to decide whether we want to be an independent country or whether we want to be caught up in what is heading fast towards being a United States of Europe.”
The startling revelation comes as US President Barack Obama yet again stepped into the referendum debate by telling young voters at a question and answer session in Westminster, they should avoid “isolationism and xenophobia”, in an indirect dig at the Brexit campaign.
The day before, on the first day of his UK tour, he urged British voters to remain in the EU because it has “helped spread British values and practices”.
He also warned the UK would be “back of the queue” for a trade deal with America if it quit the EU.
Regarding the EU plans, a European Commission spokeswoman said: “I am not aware of any such initiative.
“This is not something related to the commission.”