Wednesday 17 July 2019

Ian O'Doherty: 'It looks like the secession bug has spread and we're entering the last days of the EU'

Top gun: Italy's deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini is an admirer of Mussolini and Putin
Top gun: Italy's deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini is an admirer of Mussolini and Putin
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

As we look on and tremble while the Tories continue to amaze us with the depths of their stupidity, it's understandable that we haven't been paying attention to developments elsewhere in the EU.

In a move which received little attention, deputy Italian prime minister Matteo Salvini went to Warsaw to have discussions with the leader of Poland's ruling party and the meeting could have long-term repercussions for the EU.

They spoke about having their own 'European Spring' ahead of European elections in May, and it now looks increasingly likely that the secession bug in Britain has firmly taken root in other European countries. We're witnessing the beginning of the end for the EU and, in its current incarnation, that can only be a positive.

While we all value free trade and easy movement, nobody signed up for the EU to become the ultimate arbiter of internal political issues, such as threatening Hungary over its border policy, or insisting it had the right to choose Italy's finance minister.

You don't have to be nationalist to believe in the right of nations to make their own rules and to decide their own issues for themselves.

Trying to tie an entire continent of more than half a billion people across 28 countries to the same, one-size-fits-all standards is simply madness and the smaller countries have had enough.

This is one of the reasons why the EU leadership is playing such hardball with the UK - they know they need to stop the contagion before it spreads deeper but between the yellow vests in France, the rumblings from the eastern European countries and even the 'Dexit' movement in Germany, the EU's days are numbered.

Good.

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