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"Mr President, as a dedicated opponent of the whole EU process, I have to admit that on the face of it you are having a good week. It has been a triumph for euronationalism and that is exactly what it is: a form of nationalism that never takes 'no' for an answer. I find the language that is used fascinating. I keep hearing people talking about the 're-unification' of Europe and I wonder to which particular model they are referring. I wonder, do these ten new members really know what they have let themselves in for? I can fully understand their reasons for joining NATO, where governments cooperate together, but the EU that they joined last weekend is about to become a different EU in just six weeks' time, because with the Constitution comes a new legal order. I very much hope that the governments of those ten Member States give their citizens a chance to vote again in referenda, because they will be voting on something quite different from what they have been sold at the moment. Certainly the Czechs and the Hungarians will well remember Brezhnev's doctrine of limited sovereignty. What they are doing is now entering a similar system – they just call it pooled sovereignty. Frankly, this Constitution must be unacceptable to any democrat, because the terms of Article 59, the terms of withdrawal, are totally unacceptable. People are very soon going to learn that in this place nothing is what it seems. Cooperation means coercion. Competence means power, and the creation of an area of freedom, security and justice is paving the way for an appalling form of centrist EU control. I can only say that, in my view, the gap that exists between the political classes of Europe and the ordinary men and women of Europe has never been wider. More is the pity."@en1

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