Caveat emptor: buyers beware

With the heavyweight intervention of US President Barack Obama in the EU referendum the circle is complete: European Commission, IMF, OECD and the USA.

It is clear now what is the real objective of this unholy alliance: to seal the massive ‘trade’ deal known as TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership).

Ostensibly, the deal is between the USA and the EU but in reality it will see nothing less than the privatisation of Europe, including the UK.

We will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of the USA, a vast US-based multinational corporation. It will mean the end of democracy throughout Europe, the end of representative government, political, social and economic.

And here is one for both camps: any notions about a ‘special relationship’ between the US and UK have always been false.

The term was coined to soften the blow of end of empire, the fact, the reality that it was the USA and not the UK that was and still is, top dog. The USA has never had a special relationship with any country.

It occurs to me that if even a tithe of the catastrophic consequences of Brexit – and some of them really are wacky – forecast by the usual suspects were true, then we have an immensely powerful bargaining lever to renegotiate terms for coming back into the fold: the complete restructuring, or replacement, of EU institutions on democratic lines to reflect real democratic representation at all levels. Otherwise, caveat emptor: buyers beware.

Because we are being suckered into buying an EU which was and remains a cartel of elites.

Stephen Jackson

Albert Road


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