At 12:16 9/2/99 RAY wrote:
>> >Just as a sidenote, have you considered that the EU might not want Great
>> >Britain to split to separate states at all?
>> As I understand it, Britain is still a sovereign state and so has the
>> prerogative power (under its constitution) to do as it likes
>> (administratively speaking) including the desire to devolve or split-up.
>[snipped stuff about EU]<
>Then, I'm sorry, you have no idea about the EU.
Well then my lovely boyo, we'll see.
The picture you paint about the EU is a very stagnant one. Are we to believe
that the nations that make up the EU are set in stone and absolute? Surely
as time passes new member nations will be admitted and current nations will
split. Britain may well be an island, but it would be illogical and
discriminatory for the EU to hold that an island cannot be made up of a
number of separate nations. Further, if Britain were an "Island club" with
common vested interests, as you suggest, then the Welsh and Scots would have
no need to separate. The truth is, both these countries have aims, desires
and goals which do not correspond to English or "British" aims etc. I can
understand (and I agree with you ) that the other nations that make up the
EU would not be impressed with adding more nations to the voting block, but
what would the alternative consequence be? If the EU does not organically
adjust - it will end up as a sterile, stagnant entity that will end up
imploding into violence if old and new member nations are forbidden their
legal right to national self-expression.
Hwyl -- Mike.