John Redwood has the second part of a two-day article on his website, the first part to which I referred here. At the time I did wonder whether I had been too harsh on Redwood and misunderstood his views, however having digested part two it would seem that my fears were not misplaced.
Accepting that the British people want an end to the current relationship with Europe, Redwood continues:
"The simplest way to fix the problems in the UK’s relationship with the EU would be to restore a modified UK veto over all matters. The new veto would allow us to say No to to any law or proposal emanating from Brussels, but would not allow us to stop them doing it for themselves without us. This would take much of the pressure out of the situation."
There can be no 'modified veto' as I believe it correct to say that the EU would not accept, nor allow, such a modification to the existing Treaty of Lisbon - a country is either in the EU and thus accepts all the conditions that said membership entails, or it is not. To enact that which is suggested by Redwood would therefore mean ceasing our membership - which then begs the question why Redwood does not sign up to BetterOffOut?
I also have to take exception to what Redwood proposes, when he writes:
"No British government after such a change could ever again say they had to do something to comply with the EU. We restore UK democracy. Any British government that wanted to be in line with the EU, or liked what the EU was doing, could adopt as much of it as they saw fit."
Yet again we see demonstrated the political mindset that politicians rule us when such a belief is the antithesis to how democracy should work. Just who the hell gave politicians the right to play fast and loose with our constitution without asking those they are supposed to serve, ie the people? I also find it strange that Redwood should believe:
"There would be no immediate revolution. The day after such a change the UK would still have the full panoply of EU law. The government could decide what bits it wished to disapply. It would be wise to do so carefully. It would be diplomatic to give plenty of warning to the EU authorities where we were going to remove parts of the canon, and to show them we intended to use the new powers sensibly."
If as Redwood maintains, that having divorced ourselves from political rule by the EU and thus regained our democracy, under what obligation are we to show them that we intended to use the new powers sensibly?
All things considered, I still find myself viewing John Redwood's opinions on matters EU with a certain amount of distrust.