Brexit BOMBSHELL: Harold MacMillan's CHILLING EU warning revealed
HAROLD MACMILLAN issued a chilling warning about the EEC – the precursor to the EU – before Britain joined the bloc, claiming that Germany was using it as an instrument to assert its supremacy across the continent once more, it can be revealed.
On Wednesday, the House of Commons voted in favour of legislation which forces the Government to request another extension for Brexit. Despite Government opposition, the motion passed by just one vote on its third reading, by 313 MPs to 312, and it will now proceed to the House of Lords, which is likely to give its approval. Should this take place, the motion will become legally binding, significantly reducing the chances of a no deal EU exit.
It comes as the Conservative Party descended into civil war over Mrs May’s strategy.
Senior figures in both main parties raised the prospect of a second referendum to obtain the British public's backing for any deal – and to offer the choice of remaining in the EU.
As Britain's future appears even more uncertain with Brexiteers arguing the views of the 52 percent who historically voted to leave the EU in June 2016 are being betrayed, a newly-resurfaced warning about the bloc by former Prime Minister Harold Macmillan has resurfaced.
In the late Fifties, full employment combined with an unprecedented rise in consumerism meant Britons saw their standard of living rise.
Wages, exports and investment were all up, particularly compared to the austerity of the war years.
Despite the good sentiment, suspicions of Germany remained strong in the post-war era, particularly when, by the late Fifties, West Germany’s economy appeared to challenge Britain’s.
In 1958, Harold Macmillan issued a chilling warning about the EEC, a year after its creation.
He said: “Western Europe dominated in fact by Germany and used as an instrument for the revival of power through economic means… is really giving them on a plate what we fought two wars to prevent.”
Mr Macmillan was not the only one who feared Berlin.
According to 2017 report “Euroscepticism and Opposition to British Entry into the EEC” by the French Journal of British studies, a British official similarly warned that the EEC would provide “a means of re-establishing the hegemony of Germany”.
Despite the warning, three years after, Mr Macmillan made a formal application to join the EEC after "long contemplation", as the entry was beginning to make economic sense for him.
As the Sixties drew on, the EEC – set up in 1958 – accounted for more and more of the UK's trade.
However, his hopes were crushed by French President Charles De Gaulle, who denied Britain an entry as he feared it was still too closely tied to the US to co-operate fully with its European partners.
After De Gaulle's death in 1970, Britain successfully applied for a third time under Prime Minister Edward Heath.
Since the bloc's creation, Germany has been accused of trying to reassert its supremacy across the continent many times.
More recently, political analyst Mark Brolin claimed in his 2016 book “A State of Independence: Why the EU is the problem and not the solution” that the Maastricht Treaty, which was signed in 1992 by members of the European Community to further European integration, planted the seed to make Germany the most powerful country in the bloc.
The political analyst explained the Treaty established the famous “Maastricht criteria”, which meant to put limits on “how much money governments in the EU could spend, a country’s deficit – the difference between expenditure and income – could not exceed 3 percent while total debt would have to be less than 60 percent of the size of the country’s economy”.
Mr Brolin noted that in order to calm “German anxiety” about giving away their beloved Deutsche Mark, the Treaty also instituted a “no bailout principle”, meaning that no eurozone country was ever going to be forced to bail out another.
According to the economist, the “Maastricht criteria” along with the creation of the European Monetary Institute in Frankfurt, did three things: “It turned the European Community into a fundamentally political project.
“It put Britain on a coalition course with France and Germany.
"And ironically, contrary to [French President Francois] Mitterand’s strategic gamble, it planted the seeds for again making Germany Europe’s most powerful country.”