Campaign against Euro-federalism                             twitter      facebook
For independence, democracy, peace and jobs, and against the European Constitution and racism

If you agree with our position on the EU you are invited to join our Campaign.

A list of material on the website can be found at Site contents above. These are listed in reverse chronological order.

Comments on the website and the material are welcome.

Donations are welcome by cheque.

Campaign against Euro-federalism Annual General Meeting 2011

Main political resolution

Austerity and the EU

The true nature of the European Union super-state has been brought into focus by the euro crisis following the bank crisis in the financial sector and the common EU policies now being pursued. This includes the handing of public money to banks without any payback arrangements followed by the imposition of common austerity policies across the EU including Britain. These policies which emanate from Brussels are a direct and unprecedented attack on the conditions, wages and public sector. In practice everything currently left in the public sector is to be handed over to the private sector which includes the welfare state, the NHS, state education and even the forests. This also amounts to a major attenuation of all forms of democracy. It is a continuation by the Cameron-Clegg ConDem government of policies initially put in place by the Thatcher-Major Governments followed by the Blair-Brown Governments.

The common EU austerity policies are harshest in Greece and Ireland organised in such a way as to exploit further the peoples of those Member States. This is to make the peoples of these nation-states pay back the ‘loans’ from the German, French and British banks at high interest rates. It is expected that Portugal, Spain, Belgium and Italy will follow suit even though fiscal mechanisms may be adjusted. Although Britain remains in the penultimate stage of joining the eurozone she is likely to become a victim of a sovereign debt where Britain’s loss of credibility and a lowering of her international standing could make it much more difficult to borrow in the future, especially as the ConDem Government’s policies create further unemployment and a stagnant economy which may fail altogether. The economy of Britain has been a hostage of the financial sector following the near complete demise of manufacturing.

Today in Britain the debt and deficit in the country’s finances is used as a cover-up tale for a massive cuts programme entitled “tough but fair”, spun by the millionaires cabinet of the ConDem Government. Conveniently hidden is the fact that Britain now pays net into the EU £8.3 billion every year thanks largely to Mr Blair’s rebate give-away. VAT, which is a tax originated by the EU, has been raised to 20% to offset the ‘debt’ by £13 billion. VAT is a tax on consumption and not income which penalises those on lower incomes, especially the growing numbers of poor and unemployed people.

National budgets with austerity measures are to be submitted to Brussels for the Commission’s approval. This is a new and additional part of the growing super-state’s dominance over national parliaments and governments agreed by the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the other finance ministers of Member States.

Fiscal mechanisms are being discussed amongst the more powerful EU Member States to avoid a further financial crisis rocking the EU or a weakening of their economic position in the EU. At the same time these Member States are taking full advantage of the crisis consolidating their own position. Such agreed arrangements by the few will impose further draconian conditions on the economically weaker Member States especially those on the periphery and new Member States.

The European Central Bank has also played a pivotal role to ensure the eurozone does not collapse and in turn the EU super-state continues to function. The ECB retains control over exchange and interest rates which are key economic levers normally exercised by governments to steer their national economies. Fortunately Britain is not a member of the eurozone.

Alternative to austerity and the EU

Resistance to the austerity policies and embedded cuts largely depends on the labour and trade union movement taking a firm lead. There must be a sharp awareness and full understanding of EU policies, as well as the aims of transnational corporations and banks, as key factors at the centre of the current situation. There is a further need to increase awareness that ‘Social Europe’ and its twin ‘Social Partnership’ is nothing more than a mirage. Lessons can be learnt from the experience of Greece, Ireland and Portugal where austerity policies and budgets must be endorsed by the European Commission and other EU institutions.
The only power which can control the transnationals is that held by the governments and parliaments of nation-states. Such powers must not be used to participate in the anti-democratic EU institutions which act on behalf and consist of the political representatives of big capital which operate EU common policies and legislation is in effect collaboration. Misuse of these powers subjugates EU Member States to the centralised government of the European Union super-state in Brussels.

Hence our Campaign:

Our Campaign also:

This leaves only one genuine course to guarantee the rational future of Britain and her peoples and that is for Britain to leave the EU. To help achieve this objective our Campaign fully supports the demand for a referendum to be held on whether or not Britain remains a member of the EU.

[Adopted unanimously by CAEF AGM 5 March 2011]