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The Demise of the Free State: Why British Democracy and the EU Don't Mix
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The Demise of the Free State: Why British Democracy and the EU Don't Mix (Paperback)

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'The surrender of our sovereignty to unelected bureaucrats and a centralised legislative process has been justified solely in economic terms. But, as David Green points out in this powerful book, even if the economic arguments are good ones (which they are not), the question of EU membership is not primarily one of economics. It is about the happiness and cohesion of our nation, and the civilisation of which we have been, in Europe, the prominent guardians. The true argument is not that it is economically advisable to reclaim our sovereignty, but that it is our moral duty to do so.' Roger Scruton 'Amidst the technical jargon and diplomatic double-talk, the debate over Britain's future relationship with the European Union is fundamentally about values. In this thoughtful new book, David Green serves a damning indictment on the EU, charging it with a wholesale attack on the principles of liberal democracy and self-determination, in the name of a progressive authoritarianism at odds with British moral and political values. This intellectual rearguard action is sure to strike a nerve in Brussels, and open a new front in the debate on Europe.'

Dominic Raab MP 'David Green's book is a timely and elegant new perspective on a problem which has been frustrating politicians ever since we entered the European Union. His analysis and conclusions should be read by every politician and citizen who wants to enhance their view on what is the best future for our country as we approach the crossroads of a decision in 2017.' David Davis MP 'Since the enlightenment progressives from across the political spectrum have believed their governments should be chosen by the people. The electorate should regularly have the opportunity to throw out the rascals. The creation of the EU removes that right. David Green is doing democracy a favour by writing this important book.' Graham Stringer MP 'This book, historically, politically and constitutionally, hits the nail on the head. This should be the subject of a widespread debate which has been deliberately driven underground by the Euro-cognoscenti, who know that otherwise they cannot win. Failure to have this debate in the light of the undemocratic Leviathan which has been created is simply an irresponsible defiance of the electorate in the United Kingdom and throughout Europe.'

Bill Cash MP

History & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical structure & processesPolitical structures: democracy Publisher: Civitas Publication Date: 14/04/2014 ISBN-13: 9781906837594  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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David G. Green is the Director of Civitas. His books include The New Right: The Counter Revolution in Political, Economic and Social Thought, Wheatsheaf, 1987; Reinventing Civil Society, IEA, 1993; Community Without Politics: A Market Approach to Welfare Reform, IEA 1996; Benefit Dependency: How Welfare Undermines Independence, IEA, 1999; We're (Nearly) All Victims Now, Civitas 2006; Individualists Who Co-operate, Civitas 2009, Prosperity with Principles: some policies for economic growth, Civitas, 2011 and What Have We Done? The surrender of our democracy to the EU, Civitas, 2013. He writes occasionally for newspapers, including in recent years pieces in The Times and The Sunday Times, the Sunday Telegraph and the Daily Telegraph.

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