After Theresa May announced her resignation on May 24, Britain has has now been stranded in a Brexit limbo. Ten Tory MPs are currently vying to replace her, with the winner expected to be announced in late July. A no deal scenario has re-emerged as a potential conclusion to Brexit negotiations, with Boris Johnson, Dominic Raab and Esther McVey expressing their willingness to crash out of the EU without an agreement if the bloc does not reopen negotiations.
Yesterday, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said at an event in Brussels: “There will be no renegotiations.
“This is not a treaty between Theresa May and Juncker, this is a treaty between the United Kingdom and the European Union. It has to be respected by whoever is the next British Prime Minister.”
The latest unwillingness to change or compromise could be seen as resoundingly prophetic for many Brexiteers, who have accused the bloc and its leaders of turning against Britons many times.
It could be argued that this should have come as no surprise, as since its very creation, the bloc was reportedly created by an elite who had very little interest in what people really wanted.
Influential Belgian politician, diplomat and statesman Paul-Henri Spaak, who along with Robert Schuman and Jean Monnet, was leader in the formation of the institutions that evolved into the EU admitted Brussels’ arrogance in his memoirs.
In 1969, Mr Spaak published a book, in which he described the atmosphere of the decisive years before the signing of the Treaty of Rome in 1957, which formed the constitutional basis of the EU.
Mr Spaak wrote: “There were a great many sceptics.
“Overall, public opinion was not hostile; it was indifferent.
“The work accomplished was done by a minority who knew what they wanted.”
Mr Spaak’s comment suggests that the founders of the EU believed they knew what was best for the countries of Europe and took for grated all nations wanted to join the club.
However, for example, British Prime Minister Clement Attlee had refused Brussels’ invitation to talks on the Schuman Plan, a proposal by the French foreign minister Robert Schuman in 1950 to create a single authority to control for the production of steel and coal in Europe.
According to Flemish Belgian author and journalist Paul Belien, Mr Spaak was also responsible for “translating Belgicism to the European level”.
Mr Belien argued in a 2005 report on the Brussels Journal that the bloc was actually created by Mr Spaak’s desire to make Belgium the vanguard of the EU.
He wrote: “Given the roots of Europeanism in Belgicism, there is a lot to be learned from Belgium’s characteristics as an artificial non-national state.
“[Guy] Verhofstadt is right when he says that foreign politicians watch his country with particular interest because it can teach them something about the feasibility of the European project.
“The European superstate shares more than just its capital with Belgium. If the so-called Europeanists have their way, it is also going to be a Greater-Belgium.”