Brexit Party MEP reveals how 'only democratic' part of EU have 'hands tied'


Alexandra Phillips, the eurosceptic party’s representative in the South East of England, made the revelation on the Brexit Party’s new podcast Brexbox on Friday. She explained to her colleagues that the EU “by in large is an antidemocratic system”. She continued: “The only layer of democracy arguably is the European Parliament.

Much controversy has arisen after the allegedly undemocratic way in which EU presidential nominee Ursula von der Leyen has been pushed for leadership – despite being relatively unheard of.

Brexbox co-panellist Michael Heaver explained that he thought the German Defence Minister had been selected by a small number of the EU’s leadership in order to engineer a European army.

He said: “I do think it’s significant the fact that she’s the German defence minister.

“I think that shows clearly, and we’ve heard it from Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel: a full EU army; that’s what they’re focusing on.

“And that’s, I think, why they’re trying to bring her in.”

Mr Heaver added humorously: “Very interesting – she comes with a strong recommendation.

“In fact, there was a poll done in Germany and only 33 percent of the German people think she’d be any good.

“The majority don’t.

“So there’s your endorsement. They’re not exactly putting their best up for the EU.”

Co-panellist Alexandra Phillips also had little good to say about Ms Leyen, claiming that no one knows what she stands for or believes.

She said: “I would argue that anyone who voted to Remain doesn’t know what they voted for.

“Because they didn’t know they were going to get Ursula as the next commission president.

“Does anyone know her agenda, does anyone know her five year plan?

“Does anyone know what the EU are going to do in the next five years?”

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Germany’s Social Democrats have circulated a damning paper to their European political group in which they call Ursula von der Leyen an “inadequate and inappropriate candidate” to lead the European Commission ahead of a vote on her nomination next week.

The European Parliament is due to vote next Tuesday on whether von der Leyen, Germany’s defence minister and a conservative ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, should succeed Luxembourg’s Jean-Claude Juncker as head of the EU executive.

Von der Leyen’s nomination by EU leaders has infuriated the Social Democrats (SPD), Merkel’s coalition partners, who feel aggrieved that the leaders ignored the lead candidates from the main parliamentary blocs in their horse-trading over top posts.

Merkel said on Thursday the coalition’s situation “is not easy”. She was the only EU leader to abstain in a vote last week on an EU top jobs package after she consulted the SPD, which rejected the deal.

Von der Leyen is currently lobbying lawmakers in the European Parliament to confirm her as Commission chief. The Socialist grouping to which the SPD belongs has 154 of the assembly’s total 751 seats, not enough alone to block her.

In its paper, the SPD dissected what it presented as von der Leyen’s policy and leadership failures as defence minister, highlighting a scandal over the awarding of contracts, her alienation of the army top brass and gaps in the military.


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