On Sept 10th, the BBC reported that the EU had decided that Britain could keep its traditional measures, pounds and ounces, inches and feet. So far so good. But how has it come to this, that Britain, until recently an historic, independent nation with a proud history, must now go cap-in-hand to foreign powers to ask permission to continue to use our traditional measures?
The previous day it was reported that the Foreign Office is considering plans to drop Her Majesty the Queen from British passports, replacing the stirring words “Her Britannic majesty’s Secretary of State Requests and requires…” with some banal nonsense about the rights of EU citizens. The Royal Coat of Arms would be replaced by the EU stars. It ceases to be, in any real sense, a British passport at all.
This proposal is, apparently, based on Article 20 of the EU Constitution. Yes, that’s the Constitution which was rejected by the French and the Dutch in 2005. It’s dead but it won’t lie down. They just won’t take NO for an answer.
Two more reasons to demand a referendum on the Renamed Constitution, and a wholesale reappraisal of our relationship with the EU.