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Free movement and democracy

The must-read article today is Janet Daley in the Telegraph, wondering if the EU chickens aren't coming home to roost.

What the strikers at the Lindsey oil refinery (and their brother supporters in Nottinghamshire and Kent) have discovered is the real meaning of the fine print in those treaties, and the significance of those European court judgments whose interpretation they left to EU obsessives: it is now illegal – illegal – for the government of an EU country to put the needs and concerns of its own population first. It would, for example, be against European law to do what Frank Field has sensibly suggested and reintroduce a system of "work permits" for EU nationals who wished to apply for jobs here.

It's an interesting moral dilemma for liberals when an undemocratic body like the EU has put in place laws that are liberal in nature. Democracy is likely to give us protectionism and economic depression. Of course under a liberal constitution, movement of labour would not be subject to democratic control anyway, but a liberal constitution being about as likely as Gordon Brown winning the next election, the most likely outcome is that democracy will win out.

It's a worrying prospect.

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Reader Comments (3)

This is, of course, why we make a distinction between 'democracy' and 'liberal democracy'.
Feb 2, 2009 at 9:30 AM | Unregistered CommenterRob Knight
The problem is EU rules are not observed equally throughout the EU. A UK company could not win a French contract and ship in UK workers.
Feb 2, 2009 at 9:44 AM | Unregistered CommenterLaroquois
Democracy usually means rule of the majority. For succesive elections we have been ruled by a minority. What is being manifested now is a 'populist' democracy, the liberal elite's worst nightmare, the great unwashed speaking for themselves.
Feb 2, 2009 at 5:50 PM | Unregistered CommenterJon Gregory

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