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by Nick Gutteridge
BRUSSELS is forging ahead for plans to impose a centralised legal system on member states despite the continent-wide outcry against its superstate ambitions unleashed by the Brexit vote.
Today it emerged Slovakia will use its presidency of the European Council to try and force through the plans, which would give eurocrats sweeping powers to crack down on ordinary citizens.
The proposed creation of a European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) provoked a furious backlash in Britain after Express.co.uk revealed how it would erode basic rights like trial by jury and innocent until proven guilty.
British citizens will now be exempt from the oppressive scheme after voting to free themselves from the EU, but millions of other European citizens could soon find themselves being hauled before unaccountable judges in Brussels.
Italian MEP Barbara Matera said: “We have negotiated this proposal for three years; now it is time to move from words to action.”
And her Luxembourgish colleague Viviane Reding tweeted: “Good that the Slovak Presidency is creating new momentum for the European Public Prosecutors Office. The European Parliament demands an EU Prosecutor with real competences and a cost-efficient structure.”
The setting up of an EPPO is a key plank in the drive for a European superstate and is part of a wider plot to centralise all EU law, known as Corpus Juris.
The legal project was initially shelved in the early 2000s amid a huge outcry but is now being brought back as Europe continues to hurtle towards federalisation with Britain heading for the exit door.
Before the referendum vote Express.co.uk revealed how Brussels bureaucrats are desperate to get their federal prosecutor’s office up and running by the end of this year.
And they reiterated that stance in August when asked about what progress they were making on the project by a Romanian MEP.
EU Commissioner Věra Jourová replied: “The Commission considers that in 2016 it will be important that the co-legislators move forward on the European Public Prosecutor's Office and believes that there is the need to set up an efficient and independent European Public Prosecutor's Office, as well as to ensure strong procedural safeguards for suspects and accused persons.”
Legal experts had previously warned Britain would be subject to the draconian system, despite supposedly having an opt-out, but that issue has been put to bed now that the country is leaving the EU.
Under the EPPO project unaccountable Brussels officials would have been stationed to the UK and been able to wield powers above and beyond our own judges.
Thanks to Brexit the Government will also be able to ditch the hated European Arrest Warrant (EAW), which David Cameron controversially signed up to despite an outcry from democracy campaigners.
Under the EAW system British citizens can be arrested, deported and locked up indefinitely in other European countries on flimsy or virtually non-existent evidence that would be thrown out instantly by a UK court.
The scheme caused huge controversy in Britain because it is based on continental law, which is fundamentally different to our own.
Most criminals in other European countries are tried by career judges and do not have the right to put their case to a jury, whilst many continental legal systems place the emphasis on the defendant to prove their innocence as opposed to our ‘innocent until proven guilty’ principle.
Crucially most EU countries do not protect the rights of their citizens against unlawful detention in the same way the UK does.
In contrast, Britons benefit from a centuries old legal principle called habeas corpus, which can be traced back to the Magna Carta and means nobody can be detained for long periods without being charged.
Slovakia took up the rotating presidency of the EU in July and will hold it until the end of the year.
Juncker promises that Britain's exit will not kill EU
Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, announced his plans to install free WiFi in public spaces across the Union, abolish data roaming fees, and enable 5G connectivity for everyone.
He told the Welt am Sonntag newspaper in Germany that the army "would convey to Russian Federation that we are serious about defending the values of the European Union". "Our economy needs it. People need it".
"We have to take responsibility for protecting our interests and the European way of life", Juncker said.
Uninterrupted 5G access for all major roads and railways.
The influential group, which is an official partner of and very close to the EU Commission, also told Brussels big wigs to stop meddling in national affairs by bringing in increasingly superstate-like rules. They've also set a tarted for all European households to have access to 100Mbps Internet speeds by 2025.
According to the UK-based Telegraph, the most senior member of the European Union said that Britain in a post-Brexit world "could not have a la carte access" to all the benefits of the European Union.
Critics have been quick to point out the limited $120 million budget for the proposal.
If your local park or library already offers a paid Wi-Fi service, then the European Union subsidy isn't going to change anything Projects that compete with a similar, existing private or public Wi-Fi offering will not be funded, as WIFI4EU is meant to bring Internet access to previously unserved areas.
Eastern member states have been arguing against too much EU integration and the specter of a federal European superstate, and the issue is expected to be the main battleground for months, even years, to come as the EU deals with the fallout of Britain's departure.
Meanwhile, Mr Juncker suggested that Britain can not be a member of the European single market and regain full control over immigration from the continent.
"To achieve that, spectrum policies must be better coordinated across the EU".
The thorniest issue in divorce talks will likely be Britain's desire to limit immigration from other European Union nations while retaining access to the bloc's single market of 500 million people. "I think the time to make use of this possibility is now".
Despite Assurances, Plans For an EU Army Are Moving Ahead At Full Speed
by Mike Hookem
During the European Election campaign in 2014 and this year’s referendum campaign, we were repeatedly told by the Remain campaign that there was no reason to fear an EU Army.
Perhaps some of those people who publicly stated that leave campaigners like myself who raised the issue of ever creeping collaboration on defence at an EU were ‘scaremongering’ should have been in the European Parliament on Monday, where there was no holding back on the EU’s aims for its own defence force.
Whilst Defence Secretary Michael Fallon was loudly proclaiming that the UK would oppose any attempts to create an EU army because it could “undermine” the role of Nato, one MEP reminded Britain that ‘The NATO flag is not desired at the same level by all’.
I am wholeheartedly behind a strong Nato and wish that the government had not spent the last two defence and security reviews slashing back troop numbers and equipment to a stage where it is questionable whether we could defend the Falklands and laughable to think we could withstand an attack from Russia.
But whilst the newly knighted Sir Michael, who firmly campaigned for Britain to remain in the EU was on his way to Bratislava, the European Parliament was outlining its plans for a new EU military. The plan will leave it complete with battlegroups, EU barracks and co-ordinators based in a new military Headquarters.
While on the campaign trail, Sir Michael was quick to rubbish talks of further military integration, even when presented with evidence in black and white such as the Coastguard Directive which gave an EU coastal fleet the right to enter territorial waters of a state without their permission.
And it seems this misleading narrative continues.
Euro MEPs from a variety of nations delightedly outlined the plans for the ‘European Defence Union’, openly blaming the UK for holding back the process. Far from the Defence Secretary’s claim that “”There is no majority here for an EU army”, the discussions in the room were of only four nations questioning the policy, “soon to be three”.
The EU is looking forward to the UK getting on with the process of leaving, rather than the Conservative government dragging its heels.
The Lisbon Treaty already provides the European Union with the framework for the creation of two defence union institutions, with eurocrats aiming for the organisations to be up and running by the next political and financial framework which will come into force in 2021.
This document, which MEPs will soon vote on in Strasbourg, removed the last vestiges of doubt that not only will an EU Army happen but that the Remain campaign lied to us during the referendum vote.
The thin edge of the wedge for integration will be defence research, with more projects taking shape once countries get used to initial forms of military cooperation.
But the plans are clear: they want EU battle groups stationed in Eastern European countries along the border with Russia and an EU-wide system for the coordination of EU troops to move moved across the EU ‘when necessary’. If that is not an EU Army, I don’t know what is.
MEPs said the time was right to push ahead with the projects now that the momentum was behind it as Germany and France have indicated their support for the project, with the German defence minister saying “now is the time for us to move ahead in terms of a European Defence Union.”
I would not be surprised if before long you see an EU seat at the NATO table. There is clearly a hostility towards the USA amongst many MEPs who do not realise the importance that our transatlantic alliance has made towards our peace and security over the last 70 years. In fact, they seem to resent the power the Americans have, despite many countries’ reluctance to meet the target of 2% of GDP to be spent on defence.
It is yet another argument for Article 50 to be invoked by Theresa May so we can get on with the process of removing ourselves from this wannabe superstate before we have any more of our sovereignty compromised. Sadly, it appears that many ministers still have their heads in the sand.
Mike Hookem is UKIP’s defence spokesman and a member of the European Parliament
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