The Independent, 28 February 2001
On 28 February the Independent published a letter from Mr David Sawtell about the Nice Treaty. His letter follows below:
- David Sawtell's letter
"The signing of the Nice Treaty is good news for us all (leading article, 26-02-2001). Enlargement will make us 500 million strong. Western Europe has enjoyed over 50 years of peace and prosperity. The addition of Central and Eastern Europe will enhance our security and stability. Europe's Rapid Reaction Force, welcomed by the USA, will make it possible for Europe to deal with troubles beyond the scope of NATO. We really should not need the USA to sort out European problems. The anti-Europeans peddle their paranoid myths; the EU goes from strength to strength, based on reality."
The Daily Mail, 27 February 2001
On 27 February the Daily Mail published a letter from Mr John Collis Gretton about myths about Europe. His letter is reproduced below:
- John Collis Gretton's letter
"The debate about Europe is hard for the public to understand because so much coverage is given to anti-European myths. These have been perpetuated for many years, but the run-up to the Nice Summit saw some of the most outrageous claims yet.
Myth - The EU plans to replace the Queen's crest on the British passport with its own yellow stars. the European Commission made it clear several times that it had not made such a proposal.
Myth - The Treaty of Nice created a European superstate. At Nice, the 15 EU members battled to maintain their national interests.
Myth - American investors would prefer it if the UK left the EU and joined NAFTA. U.S. investment in the UK would become less attractive because companies would not have preferential access to the European market.
A national Institute for Economic and Social Research (NIESR) study concluded that if Britain left the EU, U.S. inward investment would fall by two-thirds.
Myth - British membership of the single currency will lead to tax harmonisation. The treaties make it clear that fiscal matters are entirely separate and are the concern of each state."
The Observer, 17 December 2000
On 17 December, the Observer published a letter from Lord Howe about the creation of a European superstate. His letter is reproduced below:
- Lord Howe's letter
"Sometimes it is rather a relief when a newspaper states the obvious. In today's climate of myth-making and Europhobia, you were quite right to devote some column inches to explaining just why 'Europe will never be a superstate' (Focus, 10-12-2000). The Observer's review of the Nice summit and the hysteria surrounding it was a breath of fresh air. As all sensible observers understand, there is no 'superstate' around the corner or anywhere else. Giuliano Amato, the Italian Prime Minister, said when speaking at Ditchly Park some years ago: 'We are not contemplating a European mega-sovereignty.' He went on to explain that we are creating 'a joint venture with a common voice, not a new-born federal state'. This is far removed from some of the headlines we have seen in recent weeks. I congratulate The Observer on a fair and factual analysis of the European reality."