U.K. businessman and newly elected Member of the European Parliament (MEP) blasted the whole setup as an undemocratic charade only days after being sworn in. The Brexit Party MEP attacked the European Parliament and asked whether it was fair to say the EU is a democratic institution. Speaking to The Daily Express, the First Property Group CEO claimed the EU Parliament served no purpose (an assertion many of us who follow EU politics have been making for many years, and admitted he was surprised at its lack of influence. Again this should not be a surprise to anyone who knows how the increasingly authoritarian EU works, but maybe Habib was being rhetorical as a way of raising public awareness of the way things are done in the brussels bureaucratic dictatorship.
Mr Habib was asked what fears had been confirmed when he became an MEP for the Brexit Party and entered the European Parliament for the first time. He said: “I had done a lot of reading, obviously, on the European Union on their structure and setup.
“But, I had never had any on the ground experience so this was my first interaction with the institution in a practical sense.
“What really struck me, irrespective of Brexit, whether or not you are a Leaver, Remainer, pro-EU or anti-EU, really they should abolish the EU Parliament.
“The EU Parliament serves no function
“There is no mechanism by which the European Union can be democratic until it has a total political union.
“So it might as well get rid of the charade of this Parliament.”
He added: “I think the Parliament is meant to give the EU an air of democracy but it doesn’t perform a democratic purpose.
“It has got no ability to initiate legislation, It has got no ability to move to have legislation repealed.
This blog, in our current and previous incarnations online have reported all this of course as we recorded the EU’s democratic deficit and chronicled the progress of a bunch of unelected bureaucrats as they tried to conquer Europe with regulations.
The European Parliament, the body to which we are allowed to elect representatives to look out for our national and local interests, is not able to propose, initiate, block or repeal EU laws and regulations (which you may remember are imposed on all member states. The elected body may suggest amendments to legislation, but it has no authority to act like a true legislator and its suggested amendments may be, and usually are, ignored.
Laws are drasfted and proposed by the EU Commission, a body comprising 28 unelected representatives, one from each member state – typically retired politicians or civil servants. The ultimate approval of legislation lies with the Council of the European Union – again, an unelected body of ministers whose voting rights are based on the size and population of the countries they represent.
The Council may block legislation but, since the requirement for unanimity to pass laws has been steadily replaced by qualified majority voting, even this chamber has great difficulty in acting as a check on the Commissioners.