The original Organisation for European Economic Cooperation (O.E.E.C.) was founded in 1945 to administer American “Marshall Plan” funds intended to counter communist (Russian) expansion in Europe, The O.E.E.C. eventually became the O.E.C.D of which Ireland is a member. and which is a larger organisation than the European Union.
The origin of the European Union lies in the recognition by Charles De-Gaulle that the O.E.E.C. could pose a significant threat to his own ambitions to lead Europe. DeGaulle had supported the proposed creation of a Federal Europe, But saw for France the opportunity to play the dominant role in the creation of the new Europe . The creation of the European Coal and Steel Community, the European Economic Community (E.E.C) and Euratom, as an alternative to the O.E.E.C. was designed to counter the economic influence of the United States of America and their wartime ally Great Britain. DeGaulle continuously refused to allow The United Kingdom to become a member of the European Economic Community (E.E.C.) until his death in 1972.
The E.E.C. has since evolved into a single state (the E.U.) in all but name. (former French president Jacque DeLors once said the European Union must be created “discreetly” so as to not upset those “Nationalists” who would not agree with the establishment of a Single State, DeLors proposed they (the people) should be presented with a ” fait accompli”
Political leaders in all member states now champion the cause of European integration, and refuse to openly debate the consequences of such integration.
A Centralised European Government:
European leaders have called for the “Urgent” integration of the European Union and the establishment of a European Government. From Charles DeGaulle, to Emanuel Macron, from Conrad Adenauer to Angela Merkel French and German leaders have pushed to create a single European “integrated” State. What could not be achieved by actual war may now be achieved by the fear of some possible future war .
A Centralised European Foreign Policy:
Based in Brussels The European External Action Service (E.E.A.S.) relies on the extensive network of EU member States diplomatic presence worldwide. The E.E.A.S. brings together European civil servants, diplomats from foreign services of the EU member states, and local staff in countries around the world. This is the European Diplomatic Corp. membership of which places constraints and obligations on Ireland’s ability to act independently in our Foreign Policy as the Irish Government is obliged to conform to and support the foreign policy of the European External Action Service (E.E.A.S.)
In 2015 Taoiseach Enda Kenny stated in Dail Eireann ;
“Membership of the European Union places constraints and obligations on Ireland’s ability to act independently in our Foreign Policy. The Oireachtas cannot pass or adopt motions which are contrary to the directives of the European External Action Service (E.E.A.S.) and the Irish Government is obliged to conform to and support the foreign policy of the European External Action Service (E.E.A.S.)“
What that statement has made abundantly clear is that the role of Ireland’s embassies abroad to facilitate trade and bi-lateral agreements with other countries is now defunct. Our embassies cannot facilitate the negotiation of bi-Lateral trade agreements between Ireland and any “Third” Country. That role must now be coordinated through the European External Action Service (E.E.A.S.)
An Integrated European Army:
The Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) is part of the European Union’s (EU) security and defence policy (CSDP) in which 25 of the 27 national armed forces pursue structural integration (creating a European Army). Based on Article 42.6 and Protocol 10 of the Treaty on European Union, which was introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon in 2009.
In December 2017 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the Dail:
“For a very long time, all of Europe has relied on the United States for its defence. Rather than relying on the United States to defend Europe and pay for European defence, Europe should provide and pay for its own defence and not be dependent on the United States in the way it has been since 1945……. “PESCO” is Europe starting to take responsibility and control over its own defence………..However in Ireland we have a different view, we have a long standing tradition in non-alignment and neutrality, one that I will defend and this government will defend because I believe our non-alignment and neutrality makes us stronger and gives us more influence around the world. “PESCO” is going to be different for Ireland than it is for other countries.”
However in 2018 Taoiseach (Leo Varadkar) , despite being explicitly prohibited by the Irish Constitution from doing so (article 29 section 4 subsection 9) as amended by the 2nd referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. and despite expressing the belief that “our non-alignment and neutrality makes us stronger and gives us more influence around the world” committed Ireland to join PESCO
The initial integration phase began with a number of projects which launched in 2018
Democratic Reform (Ire) is not anti-Europe
And supports the ideals of the original European Economic Community.
The creation of a European Economic Community (E.E.C.) A collective of Member States seeking harmony and co-operation, neighbours, sharing common values and aspirations forming a cooperative community supporting each other in their search for a better life. The free movement of workers throughout that community who seek to enhance their quality of life, offering their skills and services to employers while building new lives for themselves and their families, and enabling all Europeans to buy and sell goods and services throughout the common market in a consumer friendly manner.
Democratic Reform is opposed to political integration.
The people of Europe did not oppose one dictator (Hitler) simply to replace him with another. Foreign Relations, and Neutrality are insofar as they effect or reflect the wishes of the Irish people, for the Irish people to decide. We must not surrender our right to self government (Sovereignty) out of despair. Patriotism is not dead it simply has no voice at present.