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Where the European Union is heading

Every day, the unelected European Commission in Brussels is making laws about the way you live your life. Yet you did not vote for them, and you can't get rid of them. Many of you probably do not know their names. In other countries in the EU they are open about this European Project which in Britain dare not speak its name. They are honest about the fact that they want political union for the EU, rather than cooperation between sovereign nations.

Once again we have seen our government give powers of governance to the EU, without asking us, the people, what we want. It has happened before, and it will happen again. It's time for us to have our say on the relationship we want with the European Union, and for politicians to listen to us.

“Now what we have is the first non-imperial empire. We have 27 countries that fully decided to work together and to pool their sovereignty. I believe it is a great construction and we should be proud of it.” Jose Manuel Barosso, Commission President, July 10, 2007

"This is crossing the Rubicon, after which there will be no more sovereign states in Europe with fully-fledged governments and parliaments which represent legitimate interests of their citizens, but only one State will remain. Basic things will be decided by a remote 'federal government' in Brussels and, for example, Czech citizens will be only a tiny particle whose voice and influence will be almost zero. … We are against a European superstate." Czech President Vaclav Klaus, Mlada Fronta Dnes, Sept 29, 2003

"Are we all clear that we want to build something that can aspire to be a world power? In other words, not just a trading bloc but a political entity. Do we realise that our nation states, taken individually, would find it far more difficult to assert their existence and their identity on the world stage." Commission President Romano Prodi, European Parliament, February 13, 2001.

"If you don't want to call it a European army, don't call it a European army. You can call it 'Margaret', you can call it 'Mary-Anne', you can find any name, but it is a joint effort for peace-keeping missions - the first time you have a joint, not bilateral, effort at European level." Commission President Romano Prodi, The Independent, London, February 4, 2000.

"One basic formula for understanding the Community is this: 'Take five broken empires, add the sixth one later, and make one big neo-colonial empire out of it all.'" Professor Johan Galtung, Norwegian sociologist, ‘The European Community, a Superpower in the Making’, 1973.

"We must now face the difficult task of moving towards a single economy, a single political entity .. For the first time since the fall of the Roman Empire we have the opportunity to unite Europe." Commission President Romano Prodi, European Parliament, October 13, 1999.

"An enlarged Union based on Nice is not in the interest of any Member State … This is not a threat. This is a messenger delivering news." German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, Irish Times, November 14, 2003

"We already have a federation. The 11, soon to be 12, member States adopting the euro have already given up part of their sovereignty, monetary sovereignty, and formed a monetary union, and that is the first step towards a federation." German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, Financial Times, July 7, 2000.

"The euro was not just a bankers' decison or a technical decision. It was a decision which completely changed the nature of the nation states. The pillars of the nation state are the sword and the currency, and we changed that. The euro decision changed the concept of the nation state and we have to go beyond that." EU Commission President Romano Prodi, Financial Times interview, April 9, 1999.

"The single currency is the greatest abandonment of sovereignty since the foundation of the European Community... It is a decision of an essentially political character... We need this united Europe... We must never forget that the euro is an instrument for this project." Spanish Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez, May 1998.

"Federalism might make eurosceptics laugh but, with the creation of the euro, the halfway stage would be reached. Four key organisms would have a federal or quasi-federal status: the Central Bank, the Court of Justice, the Commission and the Parliament. Only one institution is missing: a federal government." M. Jacques Lang, Foreign Affairs Spokesman, French National Assembly, The Guardian, London, July 22, 1997.

"The fusion (of economic functions) would compel nations to fuse their sovereignty into that of a single European State." Jean Monnet, founder of the European Movement, April 3, 1952. As politicians we have to react to the fact that many people do not feel that they can relate to the EU.” Angela Merkel Shortly before pushing through the new constitution without a referendum.

"I have always found the word 'Europe' on the lips of those who wanted something from others which they dared not demand in their own names!" German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, 1880.