Democratic Deficit in the EU

David Ramsbotham

Sir,

As a member of UKIP I agree with John Stelzer [letters NNN 17 March] that the election of MEPs for the European Parliament is more democratic than the election of our own MPs.  Had the proportional representation system applied in the UK at the last general election UKIP would have more than 80 MPs instead of just one.

The flaw in Mr Stelzer’s argument arises however because the European Parliament has manifested itself as a “rubber stamping” or at best an “amending” body for legislation passed down from the Commissioners [an unelected body] or the European Council currently represented by the leaders of the 28 member states.  Under the latter body it is farcical and undemocratic that each nation’s vote carries the same weight although the population of Malta is nearly 200 times smaller than that of the largest country Germany.

The other problem with democracy within the EU is that one country can act unilaterally affecting all member states without seeking their agreement.  A recent example of this is Germany inviting one million immigrants to its country.  Once granted passports these unfortunate people will have the right to settle in any country within the EU which may be desirable but the process is hardly democratic.  

David Ramsbotham

UKIP County Councillor
Melton Constable Division

Walnut Farm
Church Street
Plumstead
Norfolk, NR11 7LG

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Update

I am sorry for misleading you and your readers in my letter [NNN 25th March].  The sentence “Under the latter body it is farcical and undemocratic that each nation’s vote carries the same weight although the population of Malta is nearly 200 times smaller than that of the largest country Germany” was incorrect.  The actual voting of the 28 nations in the European Council is weighted to reflect the population of each country but it is interesting to note that Britain has nevertheless been defeated on all occasions when it has tried to defend our national interests by objecting to new laws.
Yours Faithfully,
David Ramsbotham

 

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