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Ted180 Post time: 2016-4-26 06:21
Some of the terrible motives you attribute to the US are quite delusional.
Ted, in the seventies the US feared that the European Common Market, was getting ever closer to the Soviet Union. Left of centre governments in France, Germany, Austria, Italy, and Scandinavia, no longer looked at the USSR as a threat, but as a possible trade partner. Europe was slipping outside US control.
The UK at the time was the sick man of Europe, with a failing economy due to underinvestment, but with the prospect of the North Sea oil bonanza, the future did not look bad and could have recovered. Sensible politicians like Enoch Powell and Tony Ben, wanted us to stay outside the Common Market and expand cooperation within the Commonwealth in competition with both the US and Europe. Moreover, the Continental Europeans were not that keen to have Britain join for various reasons, not least being our special relationship with the US. The Europeans were thinking of establishing the United States of Europe with a common currency, a common defence force, and common taxation. Having travelled throughout Europe, I found that those aims were acceptable among the Europeans, but totally at odds with British aspirations. However, in the aftermath of the war in Vietnam, politicians here in the UK were inclined to downplay the special relationship with the US, and considered joining Continental Europe as a viable alternative away from US adventurism. I was convinced that Ted Heath was sincere in his drive to join the Common market for the reasons just stated. Totally mistaken in my view but still we cannot change history. Funding for the "YES" campaign was mainly paid with US dollars from big corporations and other sources. A hike in the price of oil softened European resolve, as accepting the UK as a member meant lower oil prices for all members of the common market. The Americans feared that the Europeans could use their Purity laws to reject US exports, but with the UK as a member giving US products a Kosher label the Europeans could not reject them. Furthermore, the UK could use its veto on any legislation within Europe not acceptable to the US. All institutions within Europe were infiltrated and subverted by agents of the US. Gone are the plans for a common defence force or common taxation, which rendered the common currency unworkable and farcical as it turns out. The fifth column within the EU ensured that there will be no Dominic de Villepins or Yoshka Fishers arguing against US led wars, everybody toes the line and NATO is king. All that is due to UK membership of the EU, not to mention the financial collapse and the coming war on Russia.