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Is Britain Slowly Disappearing?

And I don't mean as a result of its multi-culti mentality that panders to Muslims in particular; rather it's as a result of Britain giving up its sovereignty to the European Union. Peter Hitchens sounds the warning and hopes he's not too late:

This is too frightening and too important to ignore any longer.

If we don't want to become a neglected outstation of the European Superstate, stripped of our nationhood, powerless to decide who lives here, controlled by laws we don't make and can't change, ruled by a government we cannot throw out, we have rather a short time in which to do something about it.

You may think none of this matters to you, but the trouble is that it does, whether you think so or not.

The European Union is interested in you, your liberty and your money, even if you don't care about it.

Its decisions affect your life, even if you don't realise they do.

When I point out that local councils are changing rubbish collections because of EU laws, people don't believe me.

They rightly think it ridiculous that such things should be affected by what is supposed to be a Free Trade partnership. But they are.

A huge number of our laws have been drawn up in Brussels and hurried through Parliament without anybody really understanding what they were doing.

A lot of us still don't even grasp why it is that we can no longer have nice blue British passports.

They also don't grasp why they have to queue for ages to get back into the country after a holiday.

They aren't paying attention. That passport you have isn't British. It's European. It gives you no more right to enter this country than if you were a Lithuanian.

The border you are crossing is the border of the EU, not Britain. If the Government set up a special channel for UK passport holders it would be breaking EU law. There is no longer any such thing as a British passport.

This has another grim meaning. We cannot control two-thirds of the immigration now revolutionising this country because it comes from EU states.

British people have a way of ignoring the Continent then finding out just in time that what happens there matters - Dunkirk being the most recent example of this complacent folly. We probably won't get another Dunkirk to warn us.

By the time it is clear to everyone what has happened, it will be far too late.

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Comments (19)

Hitchens is essentially say... (Below threshold)

Hitchens is essentially saying (well after the establishment of the EU and its anti-republic and inevitable national identity dissolving propensity) that the emperor has no clothes. Americans should hear this clarion call from a writer intimately familiar with socialism and the resulting destruction of individualism, nationalism and liberty.

Not sure what he's talking ... (Below threshold)
Baggi:

Not sure what he's talking about with the no more British Passports.

I look at passports all day long as people enter into the United States. I've never seen an EU passport. I see lot's of Dutch, German, British, Danish, etc passports all day long. All in different colors and all clearly marked with their particular country.

So what the heck is he talking about?

And the Euros accuse the US... (Below threshold)

And the Euros accuse the US of imperialism?

This is just a summary of w... (Below threshold)
ChrisP:

This is just a summary of what is going in regards to the EU. The blog EUReferendum tracks much of what is going on in England in respect to the EU.

A good discussion of the trash regulations may be found at http://eureferendum.blogspot.com/2007/10/load-of-rubbish.html

Unfortunately, this is only the tip of the iceburg.

"..Dunkirk being the most ... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

"..Dunkirk being the most recent example of this complacent folly. We probably won't get another Dunkirk to warn us."


What's Dunkirk?

Baggi,I think that t... (Below threshold)
Jess:

Baggi,
I think that the writer is referring to the various EU laws on travel & immigration that apply to all countries whose passports carry the EU insignia. In general terms, an EU passport changes little from country to country save for the cover color...

J

Britian once a great nation... (Below threshold)
Spurwing Plover:

Britian once a great nation hes been taken over by a bunch of liberal wussietards. its so unfortunat that this has happened

Those who ignore or are ign... (Below threshold)
Maggie:

Those who ignore or are ignorant of history are
doomed to repeat it.
Dunkirk was a disaster by the way.
Back in the summer of 1963 my grandmother, who
lived through the bombing of London, predicted
the ruin that is now England.
They've jumped right out of the frying pan into the fire.

Can't call it GREAT Britain... (Below threshold)
Piso Mojado:

Can't call it GREAT Britain anymore. It's just Britain, or perhaps Britainistan or IslamaBrit. Yeah, that's it. IslamaBrit. Kinda catchy in a sharia way.

I get two negative votes fo... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

I get two negative votes for asking what 'Dunkirk' means? WTF?

At least answer my question.

The plan proceeds properly.... (Below threshold)
Bismarck, Otto:

The plan proceeds properly. Third time lucky.

It was just a slightly out ... (Below threshold)
Bismarck, Otto:

It was just a slightly out of control Saxon - Angle colony anyway, what's the big fuss? Welcome back to das Volk.

The real difficulty was convincing the vile Gauls to 'invent' the EU.

LesI guess some folk... (Below threshold)

Les
I guess some folks thought it was satire?

The most ignominious retreat in the history of the Isle?

HughSYeah, I knew of... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

HughS
Yeah, I knew of WWII Dunkirk. I guess I just didn't see how it is considered a 'warning'. By the time of the Dunkirk evacuation, surely the obvious warning was already sent and understood. If the Brits wait to be warned by another 'Dunkirk' event, it will be far too late for "finding out just in time that what happens there matters". Which, upon re-reading, is what Hitchens said.

LesYou raise an inte... (Below threshold)

Les
You raise an intersting point: the movement of information through history.
I'm not an apologist for British prosecution of WWII but they did not have real time information as we have and that dramatically effects judgement and decision making. One would wonder how today's media would have reported the miracle of Dunkirk.

NEVER IN THE FEILDS OF HUMA... (Below threshold)
Spurwing Plover:

NEVER IN THE FEILDS OF HUMAN CONFLICT WAS SO MUCH WAS OWED BY SO MANY TO SO FEW. WINSTON CHURCHILL about the RAF in WW II
depp=true

I guess I just didn't s... (Below threshold)
Veeshir:

I guess I just didn't see how it is considered a 'warning'. By the time of the Dunkirk evacuation, surely the obvious warning was already sent and understood.
The deal with Dunkirk, if I may read Hitchens' mind, is that it was the first warning the British took seriously.
Remember the Phoney War? That was the period after Germany and Russia invaded Poland and before Germany invaded France and the Low Countries. So the British didn't take an invasion of Poland as "serious". They kept listening to Hitler saying, "These are all the land concessions I want in Europe." after each country he swallowed.
The Phoney War ended on May 10, Dunkirk was being evacuated about 2 weeks later.
So no, Great Britain did not "see it coming" (Churchill, on the other hand...), they needed the deaths and ignominious retreat of their "Expeditionary Force" to drive home that Germany was actually dangerous.

I've just got to clear a fe... (Below threshold)
Kapow:

I've just got to clear a few things up here.

1- Great Britain is a geographical term and refers to the largest of the British isles - the one with England, Mainland Scotland and Wales on it. The proper name for the political entity that occupies that geographical area is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

/Pointless history rant
The "united" part refers to the union of the Scottish and English crowns in 1603 when James VI of Scotland was crowned James I of England. THe welsh don't get a lookin, having been throughly drubbed by one of the Edwards (III maybe?) in the 1300s. That's why the heir to the throne is the prince of Wales - kind of a big F-you to the leek-eating, choir boys of the valleys
/history rant off

2- My understanding of the passport issue is that we are indeed holders of EU passports now, not UK passports. The old UK passports were so lovely (and dark blue) the new ones (awful purple/red) say EU at the top and UK of GB and NI at the bottom. I miss my old passport!

3- Someone's already straightened out that chap about Dunkirk, right? The Dunkirk refernce threw me a little too - I must say, I don't think that was the best anaolgy to choose.


3- Someone's already str... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

3- Someone's already straightened out that chap about Dunkirk, right?

Yup. Veeshir did a good job of explaining it to this chap. Indeed, Dunkirk was not the best analogy use for this article.

Thanks all for your insights.




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