National sovereignty cannot always be exercised without harm to others so some compromise and pooling of powers is necessary to achieve peace, harmony and wealth. Although senior politicians and civil servants have long been aware of this implication of the Project, they have consistently disguised the truth, deliberately leaving the British public ill-informed about the true nature of the Union. There is a balance that can be struck and each step should be weighed carefully to avoid creating a centralising, locally-disconnected authority. The EU does not value such a balance; it is based on the belief that power should be centralised at supra-national level.

A sound but neglected principle of the EU is subsidiarity, with decisions to be taken as close as possible to the people who are affected by them. This principle conflicts with the underlying ideology of the EU, which requires authority to be centralised and not subject to the whims of the people. The mandarins know best.

However, the British government, one of the most centralised in the world, has come to believe that more power should be delegated to suitable cities and regions. This is exemplified by the increased responsibilities transferred to Greater Manchester. Once again, British experience and practice contradicts the ideology of the EU.


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