EU’s ambition is ‘to be political superstate’ says commentator
Finnish MEP Laura Huhtasaari has lashed out at the bloc hinting at its pursuit of a federalist dream. In her tweet, she questioned the “defects in the euro” and suggested they are “intentional”.
She tweeted: “I wonder if the defects in the euro are intentional because they serve a purpose.
“Accelerate federal development when the deficits are ‘corrected’?”
The tweet comes after a row exploded between the UK and EU after Brexit Britain denied the bloc’s Ambassador Joao Vale de Almeida the same diplomatic status enjoyed by other ambassadors of national governments.
In response to the spat last week, the MEP pointed out the EU is not a state and “should not be treated as such”.
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She tweeted: “The British do not want to give the EU ambassador in Brussels the same diplomatic rights as the ambassadors of European countries.
“After all, the United States is not a separate ambassador from Texas either.
“The EU is not a state and should not be treated as such.
“And the EU must not build a state.”
The European Commission condemned the move and said its 143 delegations and staff in other parts of the world had been accorded a status equivalent to countries’ embassies.
A spokesman argued “nothing has changed” since Brexit.
But, leading Brexiteers used the spat as ammunition to point out it exposed the European Union’s ambition to become a superstate and to be treated like a country rather than a 27 nation trading bloc.
Former Brexit Party MEP Alexandra Phillips tweeted: “During Referendum: Leavers: EU is a superstar with flag, anthem, currency and imperial ambitions!
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“Remainers: Pish! It’s a progressive bloc of member states!
“Today: EU: We have a flag, anthem and currency and must be treated as a superstate by the UK.”
Former EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier warned the UK should be “very careful” over its approach to ambassadors.
He said: “I know the spin of the UK authorities, speaking about the EU like international organisations, but we are not an international organisation.
“I hope that we will be able to find a clever and objective solution to the status of the EU in London.
“It would be wise in my view to for the UK to find a clever solution.”
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