The Rise and Fall of the EU Empire

There’s no escaping the topic of Brexit these days, here in Britain.

BBC:

Blocking Brexit could lead to a surge in far-right extremism in the UK, a senior cabinet minister has said.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling told the Daily Mail that not leaving the EU would cause the 17 million people who voted for Brexit to feel “cheated”.

This could end centuries of “moderate” politics in the UK, he said, as he urged his colleagues to back Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal.

Are they going to feel any less cheated if they’re handed Theresa May’s Brexit deal instead? Some people are saying that May’s Brexit deal will leave Britain even worse off than it was inside the EU:

Following the remarkable intervention of an anonymous civil servant over Christmas in the Telegraph, who revealed that the civil service was far more prepared for no deal than the Government was letting on, a second anonymous civil servant has come forward to warn that May’s Deal creates a Brexit “triple lock” which could “shackle the UK to Brussels forever”.

Writing for BrexitCentral, they warn that the “backstop is intended to be inescapable” and would give the EU “effective control over UK trade and competition policy” as well as “carv[ing] out Northern Ireland as an EU province and set[ting] a border in the Irish Sea”. Nor do they see the promised future relationship as a viable way out, they write that “the Political Declaration replicates all the onerous ‘non-regression’ clauses of the backstop” as well as requiring “even more surrender of sovereignty” in numerous other areas including fishing, defence and agriculture.

I can’t see any Brexiteer being in the least bit happy with such a “deal”. In fact, I think it would make those 17.4 million people feel even more cheated. And make a surge in nationalism even more likely.

The real problem lies in the EU, where similar nationalist sentiments are now rapidly mounting. For, although no politician in Brussels would ever say so, the EU has really become a new European empire over the past 30 years, with its capital in Brussels, and with its member states so many captive colonies, with the result that the conditions in Europe now resemble the conditions in the British colonies in America prior to the 1776 revolution.

It should be no surprise to anyone that the EU became an empire. The history of Europe is is one long history of successive empires, either within the continent of Europe (e.g. the Roman Empire) or extending around the world (e.g. the British Empire). WW1 and WW2 were wars fought between rival European empires, and the last colossal war resulted in the demise of all the European empires. So when the EEC trading bloc emerged during the post-war era, it gradually and naturally expanded and metamorphosed into… a new empire, because it was run by has-been and would-be imperialists.

Imperialists build empires. It’s the only thing they know how to do. The imperialists want global influence. But the bigger their empires become, and the more centralised the power within them, the less their component states and statelets feel represented within these expanding empires. And these resentments and animosities only get stronger, and breed revolt. And that’s what’s happening in Europe right now.

Europe is a bit like Krakatoa: There’s periodically a tremendous eruption, in which lots of people get killed, after which there’s a long period of tranquility while the volcano slowly grows back to a size where it’s ready to produce yet another tremendous eruption. The last European eruption ended in 1945, and there’s been almost perfect peace in Europe for the past 75 years or so. But in those 75 years the volcano of the EU empire has been steadily growing, and now, just like in 1914, the colonies are getting restless, and complaining about lack of representation. And so everything is in place for a new explosion.

With luck the next explosion won’t be anywhere near as bad as the last eruption, if only because the nations of Europe are not armed to the teeth like they were a century ago. And neither is the EU (so far). The real super-powers in the world today are the USA and Russia and China. Europe has become a tranquil backwater in the world. And if it becomes seriously disturbed, it’s quite likely that there will be interventions in Europe by the USA and Russia and China. But with luck the next European eruption will see an almost bloodless overthrow of the EU empire by the peoples of Europe, simply through the exercise of their vote.

And then someone will start building yet another European empire.

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7 Responses to The Rise and Fall of the EU Empire

  1. Clicky says:

  2. smokingscot says:

    I agree that while we’ve been farting around trying to regulate everything and piling wads of cash into healthist pressure groups as well as third world aid, mostly wasted, some countries have been diligently persuing a policy of growth, jobs and wealth creation.

    So I’d be inclined to add another country to your list, and I happen to agree with your rankings.

    America. Russia. China. India.

    —-//—-

    Britain is very unlikely to do a yellow vest.

    Our intelligence services are way ahead of France on any ringleader that emerges and he will be taken down as soon as.

    The French movement, initially at least, was supported by a high percentage of the police. Here the chief honchos are part of the establishment, many promoted to post by politicians.

    They won’t get much support by London establishment, nor most of the voters. London voted overwhelmingly to remain. For sure they can march in Newcastle or Clacton on sea, but that doesn’t have the same effect as scaring the bejesus out of politicians sitting in their office in Paris.

    For sure they will be allowed to vent some steam, however do remember they plan to call in the army to take over routine police duties. Plus they call in police from other forces – and our lot also voted to remain.

    So it’ll be manageable and after a few days it’ll be back to business as usual.

    —//—

    If she can hang in – and she has proven to be VERY power hungry, then she’s got to April 2022 before the next general election.

    I don’t think she will sit it out. If she does get her deal passed then I wouldn’t put past her to call a snap GE as soon as the polls are in her favour.

    But Ukip really will have to pull it’s socks up and connect with voters on UK issues, because as soon as we do quit the EU all their MEP’s have no post in Brussels and will command zero press interest. I hope they do get their act together.

    • Frank Davis says:

      Our intelligence services are way ahead of France on any ringleader that emerges and he will be taken down as soon as.

      My understanding was that there weren’t any ringleaders, and that it was (and still is) a social movement more like a rising tide than something led by ringleaders

  3. waltc says:

    Empire! Right. Hadn’t thought of it those terms but…right. Recall, too, that in the American Revolution there were many “remainers.” Unfortunately, tho, I think smokingscot may be right, just as I have to pause to wonder if the same not-much would happen here if Trump were impeached or even “allowed” to stay but the media darling socialist left is next voted in. Not that I think Trump is any Jefferson but simply the last gasp of the suicidal West.

  4. Steven says:

    Remember how the First World War started.Archduke Ferdinand killed by a Serbian nationalist who didn’t want his country taken over by the Austrian Hungary empire.All empires crumble.The eu is an empire.It doesn’t invade countries by force but takes over countries by stealth.Empires create nationalism racism and the far right.Be very wary if we don’t implement brexit.There will be a price to pay.

  5. RdM says:

    Ulysses


    There lies the port; the vessel puffs her sail:
    There gloom the dark, broad seas. My mariners,
    Souls that have toil’d, and wrought, and thought with me—
    That ever with a frolic welcome took
    The thunder and the sunshine, and opposed
    Free hearts, free foreheads—you and I are old;
    Old age hath yet his honour and his toil;
    Death closes all: but something ere the end,
    Some work of noble note, may yet be done,
    Not unbecoming men that strove with Gods.
    The lights begin to twinkle from the rocks:
    The long day wanes: the slow moon climbs: the deep
    Moans round with many voices. Come, my friends,
    ‘T is not too late to seek a newer world.
    Push off, and sitting well in order smite
    The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
    To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
    Of all the western stars, until I die.
    It may be that the gulfs will wash us down:
    It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
    And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.
    Tho’ much is taken, much abides; and tho’
    We are not now that strength which in old days
    Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
    One equal temper of heroic hearts,
    Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
    To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

    ~

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