Saturday, April 09, 2005

WIN-WIN IN BRITAIN?

Paul at the estimable PowerLine sees the UK election as good for the US, whoever wins. He's wrong.

The Brits will select either the party headed by our greatest friend, Tony Blair, or the conservative party.

Patrick Ruffini and Jim Geraghty go further and hope for a Blair victory. They're even wronger.

As DU readers will know, Blair's problem is that he wants to integrate the UK into the EU, which means handing his foreign policy over to a group dominated by France and Germany. He's demanding that the Brits sign up to the EU Constitution which says:

“The constitution . . . shall have primacy over the law of the member states.”

“ . . . the union shall have competence to define and implement a common foreign and security policy, including the progressive framing of a common defense policy.”

Blair argues that these are just words and he'll be able to steer around them. But he's very unsuccessful at getting his way with the EU. And the EU is already setting up its own diplomatic service - 5,000 people and growing fast.

The EU is launching a fully fledged foreign service, with missions to third countries and the United Nations, Euro-ambassadors, trade attachés, a diplomatic training college, the works.

When all 25 EU nations have ratified the Constitution, the national embassies will be phased out and the EU will take over. I wonder who is set to get the majestic Brit embassy in Washington?

If Americans want an independent UK that supports the US, they should support the Conservatives.