Posted by: westlancashirerecord | June 27, 2018

An EU Citizen No More

The Government’s Brexit legislation received its Royal Assent yesterday when the Queen formally signed it into law. Lest we forget, Section 1 of the now European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 states “The European Communities Act 1972 is repealed on exit day” with exit day explicitly defined in the Act “as 29 March 2019 at 11.00pm”. And for my pleasure the EU citizenship imposed on me by the will of the EU, against my own wish, will exist no longer.

Meanwhile, it is reported that a young woman rail passenger, Lucy Harris, carrying a bag with the motto “The EU is not my bag”  faced a furious tirade from a “lawyer” who told her “You’re either racist or thick, I don’t know which one”. The man added “Your bag is disgusting you’re taking away my EU citizenship”. Reported to be a “Staunch Europhile, American-British, Londoner, lawyer” perhaps he is collecting citizenships like we used to collect fag cards when we were kids?

Well, it’s a point of view, I suppose. In 1992, forty years after the European Union was established, the Maastricht Treaty introduced the notion of a “European citizen”. Denmark was so furious that the European Council had to release a statement in order to confirm that “citizenship of the Union is a political and legal concept which is entirely different from national citizenship”. In the same year, the European Commission sought ways to create common EU symbols but faced strong resistance from the Member States. A good example of this was the Commission’s proposals to have athletes from all Member States appear as one delegation during the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. Utter bollocks, if you will pardon the expression.

What the young harassed lady must not do is carry anything that could provoke such a reaction, as the provocateur said “Lucy’s bag invited debate” which he, naturally, exploited for his own reasons. Who needs fellow citizens like him with his prejudice-based bullying?

And the idiotic comments of EU officials reached levels like this “It is not my intention to spoil your mood” said Donald Duck [sorry Tusk] “Unfortunately we are dealing with something much more difficult than the game against Panama”.

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