|Committee slams UK government over stealth-constitution|
|Written by Chris Perver|
|Sunday, 20 January 2008 09:24|
The House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee has strongly criticized the Labour government for reneging on its pledge to hold a public referendum on the adoption of the Lisbon Treaty, signed by Prime Minister Gordon Brown last year. The Labour government had promised in its manifesto to hold a referendum on the original EU Constitution, which was later rejected by France and Holland. Although a referendum in Britain was never legally binding, it was believed that a no-vote in the UK would make it difficult for the constitution to be passed into law. Following a 'period of reflection', the EU Constitution was later remodelled in the form of two treaties. A Charter of Fundamental Rights, which outlines basic human rights afforded to EU citizens, and an Amending Treaty, which combines all previous EU treaties in one, with several significant changes. Britain has not signed up to the Charter on Fundamental Rights, and we were told that because of this, British sovereignty would not be affected and a public referendum was not needed. The EU national anthem and the EU flag were also dropped from the Amending Treaty, mere cosmetic changes to remove any trappings of a European superstate. But the Amending Treaty still includes legislation that will give the European Union its own legal identity on the world stage, along with posts for EU President and Foreign Minister. A report published by the Foreign Affairs Committee warns that there are no substantial differences between the original EU Constitution and the Lisbon Treaty, and that British foreign policy will be adversely affected when it comes into force. Constitution author Giscard d'Estaing previously stated that all the major elements of a constitution remain in the new treaty, only they are disguised in such a way that this is not easily discernable.
Quote: ""We conclude that there is no material difference between the provisions on foreign affairs in the Constitutional Treaty which the government made subject to approval in a referendum and those in the Lisbon Treaty on which a referendum is being denied," the report said. It also accused the government of seeking to downplay the significance of new institutions, such as the creation of a new EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security. This was "unlikely to be beneficial to the UK's position in Europe", it said, and called on ministers to acknowledge their true significance in public.
Not only would the creation of a post for EU Foreign Minister be unbeneficial for the UK's position at the centre of Europe, but it would also be unbeneficial to its position internationally. There is already talk of the abolition of British foreign embassies around the world, and their subsequent replacement with EU embassies. This new treaty also makes the provision for the European Union to occupy the seats of those member states who have a permanent presence at the UN Security Council, as and when their foreign policies agree. So essentially Britain will have no voice on the world stage, and its role will be reduced to that of a ventriloquist's dummy, always speaking what Europe dictates.
The Bible prophesies that during the last days, a final world empire will arise which will devour the whole earth (Daniel 7:23). It seems that the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty is a major step towards the fulfilment of this prophecy. But it won't stop with Europe. As we have seen recently, the proposed formation of a Transatlantic Economic Community and a joint EU-US-NATO military command structure will ensure that this empire continues to grow until it devours the whole earth. But Daniel's vision doesn't end there...
The book of Daniel prophesies of the crucifixion of the Messiah (Daniel 9:26) and His Second Coming as King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Daniel 7:13). Daniel's visions of the "Son of Man" in heaven mirrors that of the Apostle John's in the book of Revelation, of the "Lamb" Who had been freshly slain. This proves that the prophesied Messiah of the Old Testament is indeed the Jesus Christ of the New, and that He is coming back to set up His Kingdom which shall never be destroyed. He is the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29). Has your sin been taken away? Have you been washed in the blood of the Lamb? Jesus Christ died so that you may have eternal life. He bore God's punishment for your sins upon the cross. All you have to do to receive forgiveness of sins is to accept that by faith. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved (Acts 16:31).