“Timeo Danaos et Dona Ferentes”

Open Europe (HERE) has produced a quite excellent document which carefully and authoritatively compares EU Constitution Mark II with its twice-rejected predecessor Constitution Mark I.

It makes for fascinating reading, to see just how little has in fact been changed and just how the opportunity has actually been taken to make some things even more integrationist and federalist than ever the original was.

But the really striking thing is to discover just how many Trojan Horses there are, all of which, given Gordon Brown’s dishonourable refusal to hold a referendum as his party’s manifesto in 2005 so clearly promised, a manifesto that Gordon Brown recommitted himself in July, stand close to disgorging Emperor José’s EU Shock Troops into our body politic.

Take Article 3 (4) for example:

4. The Union shall establish an economic and monetary union whose currency is the euro.

Notice here the use of the word “shall”. It is an important word for it is used over and over and over again in this Constitutional Treaty Mark II and it is vital that all who read the document comprehend just what it imports.

“Shall” means that there are no ifs and buts to be had, so that when it is used it creates an unqualified and utterly mandatory obligation upon the erstwhile Member States. So, if the UK is signed up to Article 3 (4), how can we say that we are not going to join the Euro, bearing in mind that this document supersedes everything which has gone before it?

Is this not a Trojan Horse designed legally to take away our right to maintain the Pound Sterling as the currency of our nation and our economy?

Or look at Article 9 which binds tightly together the seven key institutions of the EU – the European Parliament, the European Council, the Council, the European Commission, the Court of Justice of the European Union, the European Central Bank and the Court of Auditors- into a framework that gives all the appearance of being (as it in fact and law is) a nascent Central Government with all the indicia of a Sovereign Independent Nation State, whose principal mortar is Article 9 (1):

The Union shall have an institutional framework which shall aim to promote its values, advance its objectives, serve its interests, those of its citizens and those of the Member States, and ensure the consistency, effectiveness and continuity of its policies and actions.

Each institution, separately and acting together is under an obligation from which they may not deviate, which they must carry out, to advance the objectives and serve the interests of the Union. It may make mention here of the member States, but the Treaty so reduces their powers that the interests and objectives of the member states are entirely subordinated to the overarching objectives and interests of the Union.

One of those objectives is the establishment of the economic and monetary union whose currency is the euro. How can any Member State now stand in its way?

Another objective which all must advance and promote is this:

It shall promote economic, social and territorial cohesion, and solidarity among Member States.

Notice that word ‘shall’ again. Note also the weasel word ‘solidarity” which one might just as well render as ‘harmonisation’ for it can be used to force us to harmonise our taxes: after all what better bit of socialist ‘solidarity’ could there be but to remove the temptation of tax competition from the Member States and thus create a level playing field? What better way to achieve ‘economic cohesion’? And all this is obligatory.

Note well too Article 9 (2):

The institutions shall practise mutual sincere cooperation.

If there is any doubt that the Seven Sisters must act in concert for each other’s and the Union’s benefit, this obligation, for obligation it is, removes it.

Make no mistake: the Trojan Horses are everywhere and they are inside the gates.