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The Conservative MEP said House of Commons Speaker John Bercow threw his impartiality out the window when he took the unprecedented step of approving a vote on the the Prime Minister’s “Plan B” response on Wednesday. The amendment – passed by 308 votes to 297 – means Theresa May will have just three days to come up with another option if her deal fails to survive a vote in the Commons. Mr Hannan, who has served as MEP for South East England since 1999, said Mr Bercow’s controversial move which shocked Westminster means that Britain’s political inheritance, admired around the world, has been lost – “all for the sake of the EU”. 

Writing in The Sunday Telegraph he said: “That tradition rested on convention, decency and restraint, rather than on any written laws, and will not easily be recovered.” 

Mr Hannan said it was not the first time a country had bent over backwards to meet EU membership requirements and ended up damaging itself, something he summed up as “an awesome, even frightening, phenomenon”.

The MEP’s puts this down to what he calls the 28-member bloc’s “Hideous Strength”, a term borrowed from the title of CS Lewis’s book. 

He said: “The EU is not only undemocratic in itself; it also degrades the internal democracy of its constituent nations.” 

He added: “Again and again, I have watched domestic politicians sacrifice their positions, split their parties and betray their voters in order to advance deeper integration.” 

Mr Hannan cited the 2011 political chaos in Greece and Italy as examples of how Brussels had “orchestrated civilian coups” to remove elected leader and replace then with Eurocrats.  

He said: “Perhaps you imagine that such things couldn’t happen in Britain. “We after all, are not a fragile democracy whose politicians wear sunglasses. Think again. 

“Margaret Thatcher was ousted in 1990 for much the same reason as Silvio Berlusconi in 2011, namely that she opposed the euro.” 

And his criticism didn’t stop there, as he delved into the issue of investigations into donations made to the Leave campaign. 

In the aftermath of the 2016 referendum, HM Revenue and Customs made the decision to charge inheritance tax on donations to the campaign to leave Europe. 

The politician likens this “harassment” to what one would expect to hear about in places like Russia or Turkey and said it is impossible to not suspect it is part of a drive to deter funding for a second referendum. 

He went on to issue a warning to Brexiteers that the UK may be about to witness the European cause’s “most terrifying manifestation yet” – if MPs overturn the Brexit vote. This, says Mr Hannan, would lead to the delegitimisation of the world’s oldest and most successful parliamentary system. 

Source : EXPRESS

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