Now we’ve signed it – we had better read it
Douglas Hurd, former Foreign Secretary on the Maastricht Treaty
The day of the nation state is over.
Roman Herzog, German president, 1996
Europe united could still, by not haggling about the size of lorries but by having a single foreign policy, a single defence policy and a single economic policy, be equal to the great superpowers
Harold Macmillan 1979
The European system of supranationality comes at the cost of democracy.
Lord Leach of Fairford
The single currency is the greatest abandonment of sovereignty since the foundation of the European Community: the decision is of an essentially political nature.
Felipe Gonzalez, Spanish former PM, 1998
It is an illusion to think that [EU] states can hold on to their autonomy/
Hans Tietmeyer, head of the Bundesbank 1991
A European currency will lead to member nations transferring their sovereignty over financial and wage policy as well as monetary affairs.
Hans Tietmeyer, head of the Bundesbank, 1991
...within ten years 80% of our economic legislation, perhaps even fiscal and social as well’ would come from the EU.
Jacques Delors 1988
The huge cost of the Common Agricultural Policy to taxpayers and consumers far outweighs any benefit to them.
Memo by MAFF to House of Lords European Communities Committee 1995
...we must now face the difficult task of moving towards a single economy, a single political unity.
Romano Prodi 1999
The ‘no’ votes were a demand for more Europe, not less.
Romano Prodi, former President of the European Commission
The European Union is a state under construction.
Elmar Brok, Chairman of the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs
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