Don't worry. The headline is just a tease. But now I've got your attention, the point this post wants to make is an important one. Britain is being asked to accept such forms of pooled sovereignty on a scale and in ways that Americans wouldn't begin to contemplate. Nile Gardiner and Sally McNamara sketch out what America might look like if it absorbed the kind of changes that might be about to be imposed on Britain:
"Imagine if the citizens of the United States were handed a new Pan-American “constitution” or “treaty” drawn up in Buenos Aires, and crafted by unelected foreign officials behind closed doors. The several hundred page document, the centerpiece of a grand political union of the Americas, would pave the way for the creation of a Pan-American foreign minister, a permanent Pan-American president, and a Pan-American diplomatic service. Under the proposed treaty the United States would be expected to pool its sovereignty with dozens of countries, stretching from Canada in the North to Argentina in the South, and work towards a unified foreign and security policy as well as a common defense policy, which would involve the likes of Venezuela and Nicaragua.
The U.S. would also be encouraged to join a Pan-American common currency to replace the dollar, with a Central Bank in Mexico City, which would set interest rates across the entire Americas. Imagine also if the American people were told that this treaty was so clearly in their interests that they would not be allowed a popular vote on whether to sign up to it. Referendums after all can rock the boat and disrupt the best laid plans.
This all sounds like a nightmarish vision of the future dreamt up by Aldous Huxley or George Orwell. The vast majority of Americans would see this as a ludicrous exercise in futility that would destroy the sovereignty of the United States. Millions of people would take to the streets to protest their rights as American citizens.
Luckily, we are unlikely to ever see the White House and Congress sacrificing America’s independence in such a fashion. Unfortunately, for the inhabitants of Great Britain and other European Union members, this kind of scenario is a reality and not science fiction."
The full article - from National Review Online - can be read here. It warns America of the ways in which the special relationship between Britain and America might be endangered by the new EU Treaty.