Rights 'given away' to EU

SIR - So Giles Chichester, the Conservative MEP for the South West since 1994 doesn't want this country to be subject to the proposed European Union military command structure (Yours Sincerely, April 8). Mr Chichester is behaving in accordance with Lord H

SIR - So Giles Chichester, the Conservative MEP for the South West since 1994 doesn't want this country to be subject to the proposed European Union military command structure (Yours Sincerely, April 8).Mr Chichester is behaving in accordance with Lord Heseltine's comments in a television interview following an extremely euro-critical speech by Liam Fox during the Conservative leadership election contest four years ago which had brought the audience to its feet in support.When asked whether the Conservative party was becoming euro-sceptic, Michael Heseltine replied: "The Conservative Party is always anti-EU when in opposition and pro-EU when in government. That's the way it has been for the past 30 years and the way it will continue."By the tone of Mr Chichester's letter, Lord Heseltine should have added "the Conservatives are also anti-EU at election time" - because that's where the votes are.When the Conservative Party signed Britain up to the EU in 1973, Edward Heath questioned to loss of our fishing waters and was told "you swallow it whole and you swallow it now." So he did.Successive Conservative Governments continued to sign away further self-governing powers up to the Maastricht Treaty in 1992 when they finally gave away our legal right to be regarded as citizens of the United Kingdom in favour of EU citizenship.According to the Local Government Association, more than 70 per cent of all legislation affecting our lives now emanates from Brussels. No power has ever, or will ever, be returned.The only option, as Mr Chichester knows, is for Britain to leave and enter a free trade agreement as enjoyed by many other non-EU countries across the world. This would, of course, mean giving up his parliamentary seat, salary and expenses.Mr Chichester, along with other Conservatives, has been sitting with the most federalist grouping (EPP) in the European Parliament (which even wants Britain to be in the Euro) for the past 15 years and is therefore well aware of the true position - that there can never be independent foreign states in the EU, nor was it ever intended that there could be.David Johnson, Appledore.


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