The recent meeting in Sheffield of the European Movement, a group stating its willingness to remain in the EU even without change and chaired by Laura Sandys, aroused my curiosity.
Is this a revitalised version of the European Movement set up in 1948 with Winston Churchill and his son-in-law, Duncan Sandys, as presidents?
This was formed to aid the formation of a United States of Europe with 53.5 per cent of its money coming from ACUE (American Committee for a United Europe).
Its youth wing was wholly funded and controlled by Washington and money came from the Ford Foundation and Rockefeller Foundation as well as business groups with close ties to the US government. If so, who is funding it now?
Despite his involvement, however, Churchill was adamant that with its interests in the Commonwealth, former colonies and dominions the United States of Europe wasn’t for Britain.
Classified documents later revealed that J Foster Dullas, US Secretary of State had voiced US aims for the creation of an economic and political association of Western Europe in which Germany would be involved to replace ‘the structure of independent, disassociated sovereign ties’.
Billions of dollars flowed to Western and Southern European nation states and Turkey to support capitalism and fend off socialism.
At that time proposals were put on the table to set up a political community on the lines we have today.
Subsequently, a document dated 26.7.50, found by a researcher at Georgetown University, Washington is said to have given instructions for a campaign to promote a fully-fledged European Parliament using ACUE as its tool for shaping the European agenda.
A further memo from the European Section of the Ford Foundation, dated 1.6.1965, is said to have advised the Vice-President of the EEC, Robert Marjolin, to pursue monetary union by stealth and recommended suppressing debate until the point at which ‘the adoption of such proposals would become virtually inescapable’.
To date, it all appears to be coming to fruition as planned. David Cameron has set the referendum date for June, Obama says he wants the TTIP agreement completed by Christmas and the EU says all member states will be forced to join the euro by 2020.
Will that be the year we see the final piece of the jigsaw in place?
Cameron might tell us his renegotiations have protected us from ever closer union, exempted us from joining the euro but nothing has been ratified and we’ve been fooled before. Hence our membership of the EU’s forerunner, the EEC, in the first place!
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