Anne-Marie Trevelyan said the British people felt “disempowered” and “far removed” from the political process under the European bloc and called for its reform after the UK leaves.
She said the remaining 27 member states should push to reinstate a purely “economic framework” instead of its current setup.
“It was set up absolutely in the aftermath of war to try and stabilise Europe and try to help those countries, as they’ve joined, to become democracies – because democracies are the stable governments framework where every citizen is engaged with their leadership,” she said.
Anne-Marie Trevelyan has urged the EU 27 to reform the bloc
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I think that the point is that the EU has got too big for its boots, bluntly, and it’s wanting to create a superstate
“Why is it that the EU – which is not the EEC (European Economic Community), which was what was set up – isn’t working for the British people? And indeed for many others across those states within Europe who are in the EU.”
She then accused the European Union of wanting to create a “superstate”.
“I think that the point is that the EU has got too big for its boots, bluntly, and it’s wanting to create a superstate,” said Ms Trevelyan.
“For all of last year, this sense of disempowerment for something too far away from us as voters, as citizens of the UK, we felt too far removed from the people who are making decisions about the curvature of bananas and any number of other things.”
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She said the EU had a role in developing democracies and preserving an economic community but had lost its way.
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“The EU has migrated far from that and citizens don’t like it,” the politician added.
“The British have led the way and I really hope that the EU 27, if they feel it works for them more than not, will go backwards towards an economic framework, which is not about an EU telling everybody how to run their countries.”
Also speaking on the panel was the editor of pro-EU newspaper The New European, Matt Kelly, who insisted the European bloc was established to “keep ourselves safe”.
He said: “The European Union was not established to regulate the curvature of a banana, it was established to regulate our propensity in a very violent continent, to stop killing ourselves and to keep ourselves safe and to develop in harmony as a community of nations.”
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