Dominic Cummings' brilliant prophetic rant against EU constitution revealed

Express 1 month ago

After the Supreme Court ruled that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament was unlawful, the Prime Minister’s closest advisers have been heavily condemned. MPs have accused the Tory leader of cutting Cabinet colleagues out of the loop while relying on his controversial chief of staff Dominic Cummings, who gained a fearsome reputation for his approach to Brexit. Remain-backing Tory MP Dominic Grieve branded him a “Maoist right-winger” engaged in “a culture war on our constitutional traditions”.

According to a recent interview with a Cabinet minister though, Mr Cummings is far from belligerent during the meetings in Downing Street.

The minister told The Independent: “In meetings, it’s a lot like having a small child in the corner – ‘Why? Why? Why?’

“Things we all take for granted, he wants to take to pieces and start again.

“He is always very polite, doesn’t interrupt and then just makes his point.

Dominic Cummings hit out against the EU constitution in a throwback interview,
Boris Johnson's key adviser Dominic Cummings

"There’s no shouting or anything.”

The minister noted that his approach had the benefit of forcing the Government to re-examine assumptions which had developed during Theresa May’s leadership.

It is still not clear whether Mr Cumming's political strategy will result in a positive outcome for the Prime Minister.

However, the former campaign director of "Vote Leave" has without a doubt been well aware of the failings of the European Union for almost 20 years.

At the June 2004 European Council meeting, the EU member states signed a constitutional treaty.

The constitution sparked a widespread debate in Britain, and despite initial opposition, then Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair promised Britons that they would have their say on it through a referendum.

Tony Blair had promised a referendum on the EU constitution

However, France and the Netherlands held a plebiscite before the UK, and because it was widely rejected, the EU constitution was never ratified.

According to a 2004 report by the Daily Express, Mr Cummings, who at the time was director of the anti-euro think tank New Frontiers Foundation, said about the constitution: “The public knows the EU isn’t working and that it needs real reform instead of more powers.

"Britain would be more influential if it confronted the EU with its failures and suggested a programme of reform instead of just accepting every idea from the same people who have got Europe into this mess.

“The EU should be facing the real challenges of the 21st Century, not adopting a Constitution that looks like it was written in the Seventies.”

Despite Mr Cummings' stark warning, Britain did not confront the EU with its failures and in 2008, the bloc agreed to the Lisbon Treaty with, according to analysis at the time by the London think tank Open Europe, 96 percent of the text the same as the Constitutional Treaty.

Britain, under the leadership of Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown, did not hold a referendum.

Supporters of the 'No Vote' celebrate after the Lisbon Treaty was rejected in Dublin
Gordon Brown signed the Lisbon Treaty in 2007

The only country that put Lisbon to a plebiscite was Ireland, and, in June 2008, the Irish people strongly rejected it.

However, Ireland's support was vital because the Lisbon Treaty could not have come into force across the EU until all 27 countries had ratified it.

According to 2008 reports, Brussels came up with a secret plan to force the country to vote again.

In a leaked document entitled 'Solution to the Irish Problem', obtained by media organisations, French officials wrote how the EU should have pushed Ireland into re-running its referendum, opening the way for the treaty to come into force the following year.

Europe offered Dublin a few promises, in a bid to ensure its people vote in favour of the treaty.

The EU guaranteed that Ireland would not lose own EU commissioner, and made ’declarations' that the country's neutrality and stance on abortion would not be affected by the treaty.

The leaked document predicted that Ireland would cave in at a meeting of Europe's leaders, and would agree to hold a second referendum.

On October 2, 2009 – ten years ago today – the Irish electorate voted again and the Lisbon Treaty subsequently passed.

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