And now… a single EU driving licence
Amidst all these trappings of state, it comes as no surprise that the lawmakers in Strasbourg have agreed to a single EU driving licence. It will be in a credit card format, with a photograph, and an (optional) microchip. But this is not simply a single licence to facilitate Brussels bureaucracy; it presupposes common jurisdiction on the EU’s road network, such that offences committed in one state have repercussions in another; or its withdrawal for health reasons in one state leads to an EU-wide ban.
For the United Kingdom, it is also likely to be an ID card by the back door. Apparently, the Government has already suggested that the chip ‘could contain information about the driver, as UK citizens have no ID card, while the Nordic countries suggested it could be used for paying road taxes’. EU-wide road taxation?
Welcome to the Peoples' Republic of Europe.
Cranmer agrees with Mr Churchill on this matter:
‘We have our own dream and our own task. We are with Europe but not of it. We are linked but not combined. We are interested and associated but not absorbed. And should European statesmen address us in the words that were used of old, 'Shall I speak for thee to the King or the Captain of the Host?', we should reply with the Shunamite woman 'Nay sir, for we dwell among our own people.’
If it is no longer possible to be interested and associated without being absorbed, it is time to disassociate, and to dwell among our own people.