Mr Sarkozy said Britain was the “big loser” from the appointment of a Frenchman as Europe’s next Single Market Commissioner…
…And here are a lot of other things that have been said of the eUSSR…
It does mean, if this is the idea, the end of Britain as an independent European state…it means the end of a thousand years of history.
Hugh Gaitskell, 3 October 1962
We could not have parliamentary sovereignty with a European Parliament.
Hugh Gaitskell, 1962
The Federated Republic of Europe – the United States of Europe – that is what must be. National autonomy no longer suffices. Economic evolution demands the abolition of national frontiers.
Leon Trotsky, 30 October 1917
No government dependent upon a democratic vote could possibly agree in advance to the sacrifice that any adequate plan must involve. The people must be led slowly and unconsciously into their abandonment of their traditional economic defences…
I have never understood why public opinion about European ideas should be taken into account.
It is not clear which impending catastrophe will be worse: the collapse of the euro or the transformation of the European Union into an economic equivalent of the former Soviet Union.
I must be absolutely clear about this. Britain cannot accept the present situation on the budget. It is demonstrably unjust. It is politically indefensible. I cannot play Sister Bountiful to the Community while my own electorate are being asked to forego improvements in the fields of health, education, welfare and the rest
Tony Blair wants to be President of Europe and may step down sooner than you think.
We have many times led Europe in the fight for freedom. It would be an ignoble end to our long history if we tamely accepted to perish by degrees.
Europe is my continent, not my country
Labour has converted to Europe because Europe has converted to socialism.
Roy Hattersley, 9 August 1992
If I were a German today, I would be proud, proud but also worried. I would be proud of the magnificent achievement of rebuilding my country, entrenching democracy and assuming the undoubtedly preponderant position in Europe. But a united Germany can’t and won’t subordinate its national interests in economic or in foreign policy to those of the Community indefinitely. Germany’s new pre-eminence is a fact – and its power is a problem – as much for Germans as for the rest of Europe.
Margaret Thatcher, 15 May 1992
I pay tribute to John Major’s achievement in persuading the other 11 Community heads of government that they could move ahead to the social chapter but not within the Treaty and without Britain’s participation. It sets a vital precedent, for an enlarged Community can only function if we build in flexibility of that kind. John Major deserves high praise for ensuring at Maastricht that we would not have either a single currency or the absurd provisions of the social chapter forced upon us: our industry, workforce and national prosperity will benefit as a result.
Margaret Thatcher, 15 May 1992
When will Labour learn that you cannot build Jerusalem in Brussels.
Margaret Thatcher, 1992
They seem to have moved from total opposition to total subservience.
John Major, 1992
On Labour’s attutude to Europe.
A democratic Europe of nation states could be a force for liberty, enterprise and open trade. But, if creating a United States of Europe overrides these goals, the new Europe will be one of subsidy and protection
Margaret Thatcher, 8 March 1991
Speech to the American Conservatives Institute
Yes, the Commission wants to increase its powers, Yes, it is a non-elected body and I do not want the Commission to increase its powers at the expense of the House, so of course we differ. The President of the Commission, Mr Delors, said at a press conference the other day that he wanted the European Parliament to be the democratic body of the Community. He wanted the Commission to be the Executive and he wanted the Council of Ministers to be the Senate. No! No! No!
Margaret Thatcher, 30 October 1990
Rome Summit statement in the House of Commons
We have not successfully rolled back the frontiers of the State in Britain, only to see them re-imposed at a European level, with a European Super-State exercising a new dominance from Brussels.
Margaret Thatcher, 20 September 1988
Speech to the College of Europe, Bruges
My first guiding principle is this: willing and active co-operation between independent sovereign states. Europe will be stronger precisely because it has France as France, Spain as Spain, Britain as Britain, each with its own customs, traditions and identity. It would be folly to try to fit them into some sort of identikit European personality.
Margaret Thatcher, September 1988
Speech to the College of Europe in Bruges
I want my money back!
Margaret Thatcher, November 1980
At the Dublin EEC Summit
We believe in a free Europe, not a standardised Europe. Diminish that variety within the member states, and you impoverish the whole Community. We insist that the institutions of the European Community are managed so that they increase the liberty of the individual throughout the continent. These institutions must not be permitted to dwindle into bureaucracy. Whenever they fail to enlarge freedom the institutions should be criticised and the balance restored.
Margaret Thatcher, July 1979
They are all a rotten lot. Schmidt and the Americans and we are the only people who would do any standing up and fighting if necessary.
Margaret Thatcher, July 1979
On fellow European leaders
Our first duty to liberty is to keep our own. But it is also our duty – as Europeans – to keep alive in the Eastern as well as the Western half of our continent those ideas of human dignity which Europe gave to the world. Let us therefore resolve to keep the lamps of freedom burning bright so that all who look to the West from the shadows of the East need not doubt that we remain true to those human and spiritual values that lie at the heart of European civilization.
Margaret Thatcher, 25 June 1977
There is no question of any erosion of essential national sovereignty.
Edward Heath, July 1971
Government white Paper on EEC Entry
There will not be a blueprint for a federal Europe.
Edward Heath, 25 February 1970
Of particular importance to us is the recognition… that what we want is a Europe of nations, not a federal super-state.
Tony Blair, 2003
This text will create an even less democratic EU, full of politicians and even more remote from the ordinary voter.
David Heathcoat-Amory, 2003
Europe is… a monument to the vanity of individuals, a programme whose inevitable destiny is failure.
Margaret Thatcher, March 2002
A single European currency was first proposed by the Nazi Reichsbank to Hitler at the time of Dunkirk. Now it is EU policy.
Sir Peter Tapsell, 2001
The EU project is to create a country called Europe.
John Redwood, 2001
From Just Say No
People don’t want to elect a new Speaker under this discredited system, which wouldn’t be out of place in eastern Europe before the Wall came down.
Gordon Prentice, 2000
I have very strong views about Europe. We’re quite the best country. We rescued them. We’re not going to get entangled with them. We’ve got to keep our own independence. Is that clear?
Margaret Thatcher, October 1999
At a party conference fringe meeting
Europe lacks leadership and a sense of mission and too many people don’t feel a part of it…
Peter Mandelson, 12 May 1998
They [Federalist European Politicians] divide their time between court room, prison and debating chamber – giving a whole new meaning to the term ‘conviction politician’.
Margaret Thatcher, 22 November 1996
Nicholas Ridley Memorial Lecture
The future will belong to the Germans… …when we build the House of Europe. In the next two years, we will make the process of European integration irreversible. This is a really big battle but it is worth the fight.
Helmut Kohl, October 1996
I was turned out because I said to Europe no, no, no. That no, no , no has now turned into yes, yes. Two yes’s not three because he got the Social Chapter out and he’s reserved his position on the single currency.
Margaret Thatcher, 1994
Interview with Sir David Frost
If Margaret Thatcher had been Prime Minister at the time, there would have been no Treaty of Maastricht.
Douglas Hurd, 6 November 1993
I personally could never have signed this Treaty.
Margaret Thatcher, 12 July 1993
We weren’t getting a fair deal on the budget and I wasn’t going to have it. There’s a great strand of equity and fairness in the British people – this is our characteristic. There’s not a strand of equity and fairness in Europe – they’re out to get as much as they can. That’s one of those enormous differences. So I tackled it on that basis.
Margaret Thatcher, 1993
It had the effect of cementing the Anglo-American alliance. What’s the good of having bases if when you want to use them you’re not allowed to by the home country. It made America realise that Britain was her real and true friend, when they were hard up against it and wanted something, and that no one else in Europe was. They’re a weak lot, some of them in Europe you know. Weak. Feeble.
Margaret Thatcher, 1993
Fuck the stinking corruption of Europe and all the totalitarian crooks and bullies who run it for their own evil purposes, to hell and back! (Me, just now. And double fuck ’em!)