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AT WHAT POINT DOES KEN CLARKE ADMIT THAT THE EUROPEAN UNION IS DEVOID OF DEMOCRACY?

In a recent television interview, Ken Clarke intimated that it was necessary to sometimes by-pass EU Parliamentary processes because the large number of Member States make the processes unwieldy, and that statement is in itself outrageous because the logical conclusion is that it is arbitrary which enactments go through the EU Parliamentary processes or not.  If the process is too unwieldy to work at even the very low levels of EU Democracy, then it must be changed until it does work ‘exactly how it says on the tin’.

Ken Clarke does not care what lies he quotes in his desire to keep Britain in the EU because he is retiring at the next General Election and therefore believes that he can say what he likes with impunity.  The article below is from Breitbart UK but has also been reported in other publications and has to be a wake-up call for even the most ardent ‘Remainer’ who proclaims that although the EU requires ‘reform’;  it must be done from within the EU.

Not only is the EU determined not to reform itself, for the past few years, it has been steadily removing the means of any possible reform by completely eliminating the ‘democratic process’ in the EU Parliament to the point where it can be described as non-existent.

Even the most gullible of ‘Remainers’ can no longer claim that their  is any vestige of democracy in the European Union when the ONLY elected representatives are completely by-passed by the unelected Commission and its placement ‘Committees’.  Last year, NOT A SINGLE EU BILL went through the full process of ‘readings’.  This is not at all unusual as it is becoming commonplace.  Without ‘full scrutiny’ by even the toothless European Parliament, there can be no claim, whatsoever, that the European Union is in any way democratic.

Without any rhetoric, that is exactly how the old Soviet Union used to work.  The European Union, in the past few years is now officially a DICTATORSHIP when even the very modest involvement of the European Parliament is completely removed.

SO WHEN ARE OUR ‘REPRESENTATIVES’ IN PARLIAMENT GOING TO MAKE IT KNOWN THAT THERE CAN BE NO POSSIBILITY OF REFORM IN THE EU AND THAT IT IS POINTLESS FOR BRITAIN TO REMAIN WITHIN IT?



‘Secret Law Making’ in the European Union at All-time

High

New figures indicate that so-called “secret EU law making” in 2016 matched a previous all-time high, with every disagreement between the European Union (EU) Council and the European Parliament settled behind closed doors in private “trilogue” meetings.

According to figures obtained from the European Parliament by EUobserver, not one EU bill in 2016 proceeded from its first reading to a full second reading debate, with all disagreements between the EU Council and the European Parliament settled behind the scenes in meetings between small groups of leading MEPs and Council representatives, overseen by the European Commission.

Vicky Marissen of Pact European Affairs, a Brussels-based consultancy specialising in EU decision-making procedures, described the situation as “astonishing, but it is just a continuation of a trend that we have been seeing for quite a while now”.

Back in 2004, more than half of all bills proceeded to a second reading, but by 2014 there were no second second readings at all. There were just four in 2015, before last year’s return to zero. The European Digital Rights (EDRi) campaign has described the trilogue system as a “non-democratic, non-accountable and non-transparent process” which “undermines EU democracy and transparency”.

Brexit campaign leader Nigel Farage has said that trilogues neatly symbolise the way “big business, big banks and big bureaucrats” have overthrown democracy in the EU.

How the EU’s lawmaking process encourages secret deals

European Union lawmaking is unusual in that it is the bloc’s combined executive and civil service, the wholly un-elected European Commission, which has the sole power to initiate legislation.

Transparency campaigners have long complained that the Commission’s behind-the-scenes decision-making is unduly influenced by corporate vested interests. A analysis by Transparency International of 4,318 declared lobby meetings “by the top tier of European Commission officials” between December 2014 and June 2015, for example, showed that more than 75 per cent were with corporate lobbyists. NGOs accounted for just 8 per cent of meetings, think tanks 4 per cent and local authorities 2 per cent.

Officials from more than 150 obscure committees and working parties then prepare the Commission proposals which come out of these meetings for the EU Council to examine. The Council is comprised of ministers from the governments of the member-states, but debates and votes on legislative proposals are held behind closed doors.

An element of open scrutiny should come in at the level of the European Parliament level, which can attempt to amend or reject legislation as part of the so-called “co-decision” process. MEPs vote “literally hundreds of times” during plenary sessions, usually by a simple show of hands, but, on rare occasions when the Council and Parliament are not in agreement at a bill’s first reading, legislation can be opened up to a public debate in a second reading.

Without second readings, EUobserver believes that only “Well-connected lobbyists or specialised reporters may be able to follow the law-making process”.

http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/01/28/secret-law-making-in-the-european-union-at-all-time-high/

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southcoastsoothsayer
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It’s not a question of logic, it’s a question of belief. Remoaners minds are made up – don’t confuse them with facts!

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