The Democratic EU? Not So Much

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You might be interested in a few examples of how “democratic” the EU really is.

  1. The Norwegians voted against joining the EU in 1972 and then again in 1994. Brussels did not like this.  As a result, the Norwegians are now subject to various EU rules and regulations imposed on them by Brussels.
  2. After the Danes rejected the Maastricht treaty in 1992, they were given certain ‘opt-outs’ from some of its provisions and told to re-vote in 1993. This time they were ‘persuaded’ to accept the treaty.
  3. In their referendum of 1997, the Swiss voted not to join the EU. But in 2000 they agreed on a bilateral trade agreement with the EU.  The EU was so encouraged by this that in 2001, the Swiss were told to vote again to start discussing EU membership.  The sturdily independent Swiss voted “No”, so they were presented with five more referendums between 2005 and 2009.  Each of them called for yet more ‘alignment’ with EU rules on trade and other matters, and on the free movement of people across borders.  All these rules were remarkably similar to what had already happened within the EU itself.  In 2014 the Swiss people themselves then initiated and won their own referendum on reducing the free movement of people across borders.  The EU did not like this outcome one little bit and by December 2016 had ‘persuaded’ the Swiss authorities to override the peoples’ referendum result.
  4. Following the EU’s 2005 referendum failure to gain public acceptance of an EU Constitution in France and the Netherlands, further scheduled referendums on the same subject in the Czech Republic, Denmark, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, and the United Kingdom, were simply dropped.
  5. Following the Irish people’s failure to ratify the EU’s Lisbon Treaty of 2008 some minor changes were made and the same referendum put to the people again in 2009. This time it was approved.
  6. In 2016 the Hungarians voted 98% against accepting EU migrant quotas, but the EU declared the result invalid because only 44% of the electorate had voted!


No wonder we want to leave.


David Challice

UKIP Head Office