What’s Wrong with the EU Diplomatic Service? (reminder)

Fringe Meeting, Austin Court, Tuesday Oct 5th, 9:00 a.m.

Back in July we were voting in the Strasbourg Plenary on the proposal to set up the EEAS — the European External Action Service, or EU Diplomatic Service (under the wise and guiding hand of Baroness Ashton). And looking down the voting list, I and a couple of colleagues saw that we were whipped to vote in favour.
It had to be a mistake. As a Party, we’ve always opposed the EEAS, and we opposed the Lisbon Treaty which provided its legal basis (or at least we opposed Lisbon until it was ratified). But clearly we would not actually be voting in favour — would we?

I turned round to our Foreign Affairs Spokesman (at least we still regard EU issues as foreign, even if Brussels regards them as domestic), Charles Tannock MEP (London), two rows behind me, and I shouted “Hey Charles, there’s a mistake. We’re down to vote YES on EEAS!”. To which he replied “That’s right. Instructions from London”. Shocked, I immediately voted NO anyway, as did Nirj Deva and Dan Hannan. And to their credit, several other colleagues, although caught by surprise, at least had the presence of mind to abstain.

So which way now for euro-sceptics in the Party (which is most of the membership)? I have written to William Hague requesting an explanation of this volte face, but to date have received no reply. There’s more to this — much more. So come and hear Nirj and me talk about it at our fringe meeting in The Freedom Zone (co-sponsored with The Freedom Assn) at 9:00 a.m. (if you can make it that early!), in Austin Court, right alongside the main Conference venue (but outside the security zone).


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2 Responses to What’s Wrong with the EU Diplomatic Service? (reminder)

  1. Axel says:

    You wrote to William Hague ?
    Well good luck with that, because you should hear the speech that he gave at the Council for Foreign Relations last week. Watch him and listen to what he says, and then tell me that Hague is the Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary of State for the United Kingdom. To me he sounds more like a shill for the New World Order of Green Fantasies & Carbon Taxation. See URL:


  2. Michael St George says:

    Totally agree with Axel above. Hague has become a disgrace.

    Frankly, I can’t see any alternative for Eurosceptics in the Conservative Party other than to cross the floor and join UKIP – in both the Westminster and Strasbourg parliaments.

    At the moment, holding the views that you do on the EU-Scam and the Climate Change Scam – but staying put – is just allowing the leadership of your party the fig-leaf of pretending it accommodates all shades of opinion, when in reality you are ignored at best or even marginalised at worst.

    And to the accusation that you are “leaving the Party”, you should retort “No, the other way round. I am where I have always been: it’s the Party which has left me”. And it’s true.

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