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Phil Jones

Once countries agree to give up a portion of their sovereign power, without veto, to an external entity with legal personality, there is no classification for the resulting structure other than a federal state. A federal state has a central government and it has provinces. The countries no longer are countries. Those that argue (only in the U.K. seemingly) that the Lisbon Treaty is not a federal constitution are trying to "suck and blow". There is nothing else it can be. Under the Lisbon Treaty, 14 of the new provinces other than the U.K. can dictate to people in the U.K. as to what is to happen in the U.K. in particular fields. That is the same situation as if the U.K. government gave it's right to make decisions on foreign affairs to the U.S., it's right to make decisions on taxation to Canada, it's right to make decisions on transport in the U.K. to Chile, etc. No difference. So please, can we have some straight-talking from those in the U.K. who rattle on about the Lisbon Treaty not being a federal constitution and not making the U.K., France, etc. into provinces. That is its effect.

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