The decisions of recent years in giving so much power away to European institutions are becoming very visible. Today the government announces that prisoners will be given the vote. This was a policy they opposed strongly in Opposition, but now accept the international court will make them do it. This week we hear of moves towards greater defence collaboration with the French, whilst being assured that we will keep our sovereignty. Yesterday Parliament was reminded that the UK cannot stop increases in the EU budget even when it wishes to and needs to.
The Foreign Office shows no signs of wanting to use the Franco-German request for a new Treaty to demand powers back. It is only when we have a veto, as we do on this, that we have real leverage and should use it. The Foreign Office is going along with a major expansion of the EU diplomatic service and its budget. We are not being offered a referendum on the transfer of powers under the Criminal Justice decision.
Meanwhile in the Commons Labour predictably offers help to any Coalition MPs who want more powers for Europe, leaving those of us who want to stop the juggernaut once again with far too few votes.