Vince Dhimos answered a question at Quora.
Does the European Union impact state sovereignty and legitimacy?
Vince Dhimos, Editor-in-Chief at New Silk Strategies (2016-present)
Answered 6h ago
The EU has evolved from earlier forms of integration, including the very first European supranational organization, ie, the European Coal and Steel Comunity of 1951, which was strictly an economic organization that eased tariffs on goods traded between states. It was mutually beneficial.
This segued into the European Economic Community, which went a bit further and had the power to regulate patents of invention. This was still mutually beneficial.
The EEC later was replaced by the European Community. What happened to the “economic”? No one seemed to notice.
This group no longer pretended to be solely about the economy and it wasn’t. It was starting to make and enforce laws that were of a civil nature but not related to economics. This was the point at which alert citizens would have started to seriously question the motives of the leaders. But where were the alert citizens?
By the time the group started calling itself the European Union, there was no longer the former pretence of an economic focus. It was a power grab but no one dared to say that. Further, the EU’s cheering squad on the national levels used chicanery to recruit unsuspecting nations. Edward Heath claimed the UK would not lose any sovereignty at all, an outright lie, and that became one of the talking points of the Brexiteers. Laws were initiated by the unelected European Commission.
Some of the new guidelines caused industries to be shut down out of ecological concerns. Europe was becoming poorer but the people were also becoming increasingly indoctrinated to accept all the changes.
After the West encouraged the Arab Spring, which foreseeably led to war in the Middle East, the EU began insisting that the member states accept increasingly large numbers of the refugees that this meddling in the ME had created, and there was little investigation into the backgrounds of these refugees. Of course, Assad was blamed for all the trouble that the West had caused. Fraud was rampant and some of the refugees who claimed to be Syrians turned out to be, for example, Afghans, and some migrants proved sympathetic to terror groups. At this point, several countries began to push back and refused to go along with this demand to accept migrants as news arrived of misbehaviour. Some of them formed enclaves in major cities where, to put it mildly, police hesitated to enter. France experienced massive riots around New Year’s each year where thousands of cars were burned. The media reported the offenders as “youth” to avoid identifying them as migrants – which may have hurt their feelings.
The taxes became quite high because even the lowest level employees of the EU received salaries significantly higher than the averages on the national levels. As mentioned above, the Commission was unelected and as a result there was no input or oversight from the European peoples and nations. Normally, such a situation would be called an autocracy, but people, including journalists, were afraid by now to criticise this juggernaut. Only a few daring rebels like Nigel Farage dared to hit back.
The Brexit push was therefore legitimate. The problem with the Brexit UK today is that, while they rightly pushed back against the excesses of the EU, they generally accept US interference and have made no attempt to distance themselves from a group that in some ways is even more autocratic, ie, NATO, which holds massive drills at the borders of Russia and refers to Russia as “the enemy,” threatening the general security in a general push for military conflict that seems suspiciously like an attempt to start WW III. Thus the Brexiteers had jumped from the frying pan into the fire without noticing it.
I had written about this at Quora: https://www.quora.com/Why-hasn-t...