Blue Card intervention at Convention on the Future of Europe on 5 June 2003
In section A-9 of the draft Constitution, it states that "National Parliaments shall ensure compliance with the subsidiarity principle". This implies a power to do so.
But the Protocol only grants a request. A draft law would then have to be reviewed, but if the Commission wishes it can then proceed. So we must bring the Protocol into line with A-9 if we are to be consistent.
Secondly, in A-14 we see the coordination of economic and employment policies. This goes way beyond the existing treaties: it is now mandated. It will create real economic problems, and be a source of high unemployment.
We need to tackle these scourges. But there is no evidence that more coordination by the Union will cure them.
In short we are looking at a centralisation of power for which no justification has been advanced.
Finally, Mr President, a word on the inclusion of a reference to God. A major contribution by Western thought has been that there should be a separation of Church and State. We should maintain this principle in this Constitution.