Conflicts of Interest

“The Parties will contribute toward the further development of peaceful and friendly international relations by strengthening their free institutions, by bringing about a better understanding of the principles upon which these institutions are founded, and by promoting conditions of stability and well being.   They will seek to eliminate conflict in their international economic policies and will encourage economic collaboration between any or all of them”.

On the grounds of national economic interest, the UK has vetoed the EU Treaty renegotiations proposed by the Euro economic alliance.   As a member of NATO, the UK has clearly failed to observe the above NATO Article 2 which requires a membership commitment to “economic collaboration”.  In fact, that is a NATO commitment to “economic collaboration”  involving a majority who are joint EU/NATO member states being signed up members of both the Treaty of Rome and the North Atlantic Treaty.

As with the economically orientated EU, the UK is also committed to surrender sovereignty to NATO by its decision to “encourage economic collaboration” under the NATO Treaty.  In the case of NATO, it is a commitment to any future conflict in defence of any member, which may involve a threat to life and/or economic stability following the inevitable breakdown of collaboration involving either territorial or economic conflicts of interest.

At the present time, there is an urgent need to resolve the apparent on-going economic conflict of interest between various members of the EU and NATO organisations.

On the basis of the arguments put forward by the detractors of the EURO who ignore the UK’s commitment to NATO to “encourage economic collaboration” between members, it follows that peripheral joint members such as Greece and Portugal can be classified as a bankrupt burden for NATO as well as for the EURO group.

In order to be consistent in their campaign against “economic collaboration”, those who would exclude Greece and Portugal from the EURO alliance, must also exclude them from the NATO alliance.  Alternatively, with the UK boycott of the IMF Euro scheme, steps would be taken to renegotiate or to veto the NATO Treaty on account of its inclusion of “economic collaboration” or, as a matter of principle, to withdraw from the NATO Treaty altogether.

Consequently, democracy demands that it would be in the national interest of the UK to end war without Parliamentary approval by giving priority to a referendum on our NATO membership, or at the very least, arrange to run it concurrently with a referendum on membership of the European Union and, for Cornwall, the long overdue referendum on the right to veto the Duchy of Cornwall as incompatible with the Bill of Rights 1688.

© Save Cornwall, Christmas 2011

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