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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Conclusions of the European Council meeting of 9 and 10 March 2017, including the Rome Declaration (debate)

  Paul Nuttall (EFDD). – Mr President, I would like to start by agreeing with virtually every other President in this Chamber – everyone seems to be a President – on the issue of Turkey. Turkey, under Erdoğan, is moving towards a theocracy akin to the Middle East. It has nothing in common with the democracies of Europe and therefore Turkey should never ever be allowed to join the European Union. I am also going to agree, for the first time, with Ms Merkel, when she spoke about a two-speed Europe coming down the line. It is true, there is going to be a two-speed Europe. There is going to be Britain with Brexit in the fast lane and all you guys going in reverse.

I am going to speak quickly about the Treaty of Rome. Even though Britain was not an original signatory, it would be churlish of me not to accept that it was a noble and grand plan put together by men and women who had witnessed a Holocaust, who had witnessed Nazi occupation and the horrors of war. But they were men and women of their time, as it is a treaty of its time. Because to paraphrase the Scottish poet Robbie Burns, the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry, and boy has this gone awry! Because what began as a noble economic plan has morphed into a political monster, egged on by successive Eurocrats, who are hungry for ever more power and determined to destroy the nation state.

What continues to amaze me is that you never learn. You talk about an existential crisis but you say what is needed is even more EU. You are fiddling whilst the Treaty of Rome burns. So what I will say is simply this: I urge caution when you are celebrating next week, because Brexit could trigger a floodgate whereby other countries leave that same Treaty you are celebrating next week.

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