Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Speech in Strasbourg: Latvia is another sticking plaster for the Eurozone. This congealed plaster will hurt when removed

Well, here we are, still in economic hardship across the continent, and what does the EU decide to discuss? Well top of the agenda of the Council meeting is defence.

I would argue that across Europe, not just the United Kingdom, that defence is way down on the list of peoples concerns of what they want to discuss. They want to discuss employment. They want to discuss what it costs them to live – growing inflation.

But that’s not what you want to talk about. You want to talk defence. We’ve heard the Commission here talk about competing with the US! Why would you want to compete with the US? We are 28 sovereign nations! There is no will, in the United Kingdom at least, to be one sovereign nation called the European Union. You have to have the consent of people. But you don’t want that, you want to move forward in this one super-state.

We shouldn’t be competing with the US. We should be working with the US. Why do we want to reinvent the wheel? We have NATO, and NATO is tried and tested. We need to re-invigorate NATO. That is what we need to do.

And on employment, and the Euro – you are congratulating yourself because Latvia is joining.

You’ve had sticking plaster over sticking plaster on the Euro single currency, and its congealed – the wound has congealed. This is just another one with Latvia.

But we all know what happens when we leave a plaster on. It becomes infected, and when you finally have to remove that plaster, it is far more painful. That’s as good as an analogy that I have for the Euro. It will be a painful, slow decline, and when it finally rips apart it will hurt and it will hurt the people of Europe.

Stop this madness now.