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"Mr President, we are debating the role of democratisation in the European Union’s external policies, but just imagine, for the sake of argument, that it was the other round. Imagine that there was a delegation coming here from Cuba, from Iran or from Syria and reporting on the state of democracy in the European Union. What would they find? They would see that, uniquely, we concentrate power in an unelected executive of 27 appointed Commissioners, who also bizarrely have substantive legislative powers. They would see that we have a rubber-stamp parliament. They would see we have a court which repeatedly rules on the basis of what it thinks the law ought to say, rather than what the law in fact says. They would see that we are ready to swat aside referendum results and to treat public opinion as an obstacle to overcome, rather than as a reason to change direction. But before going any further, I would refer colleagues to the Gospel of St Luke, Chapter 41: ‘And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own?’"@en1

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