7th April 2014: Today at the European Parliament in Brussels, Andrew Brons had intended to make the following contribution to a debate in the Constitutional Affairs Committee (AFCO) on the Committee of the Regions . . . however the debate was not allowed to take place.
Andrew would have said:
"We are used to power - or competences as you would call them - being transferred to the European Union.
"In some cases, the power at EU level is really wanted for exercise there. In others, there is a suspicion that the motivation is not so much to empower the EU as to weaken the nation state.
"The principles of subsidiarity and proximity are often seen as Pro-Nation State principles and sometimes rightly so. However, they can also be used to weaken the nation state from below by encouraging the retention or return of powers to a sub-national level.
"Encouragement of regional devolution that might so easily lead to independence could be seen as an attack on the Nation State from a different direction."