Letter to The Times: Juncker’s Sneak Attack
As sent 15 April 2015
Sir, European Commission President Juncker will do all that he can to ensure that the EU stays on its present course of "ever closer union," even if it means interfering in national elections.
His overriding objective at the moment is to prevent the return of David Cameron as Prime Minister, as he knows that only the Conservatives will drive for EU reform and give the British people a referendum on EU membership. This is why his aide has tried to suggest (The Times, 15th April) that there can be no changes to the EU treaties during his term as President of the European Commission.
However, not for the first time, Mr Juncker is grossly overstepping the mark. While the European Commission may indeed submit proposals for treaty revision, so can the member states, and it is the latter which then decide whether to accept or reject them. The Commission must be consulted, but it has no veto.
It is always said that in the EU "nothing is possible, and everything is possible." It is the national governments, in Council, that decide. Given the widespread support for many of the changes that David Cameron seeks to bring about, I have every confidence in his success.
Geoffrey Van Orden MBE MEP
President, New Direction - The Foundation for European Reform
88 Rectory Lane
Chelmsford CM1 1RF