The EU Constitution is ‘Europe’s soul’
This was a favoured theme of Pope John Paul II, and for a politician to make the demand fuses the EU temporal with the EU spiritual. There already exists an official EU body called ‘A Soul for Europe’, composed of
Chancellor Merkel is supported by Hans-Gert Pöttering, and Jose Manuel Barroso, who states: ‘We need the settlement to clear the clouds of doubt which hang over parts of Europe.’ Once again, the language is pseudo-religious: without a constitution, the people perish.
To fail to recognise the Chancellor’s calling would be ‘a historic failure’, she told the European parliament. Significantly, she rejects utterly any further public consultation ‘because it has already taken place’. She may conveniently have chosen to forget the outcome of those consultations, but effectively the assertion is that plebiscites needn’t happen because we’ve had them…
She may awake from her delusions, or she may not. If she fails to respond to British diplomacy, and insists on asserting her Germanic divine right, it will once again be for the United Kingdom to save Europe from itself.