Britain is not an agreeable partner when it comes to the EU. My opinion - agree, disagree, consider it poetry, engrave it...
Maastricht - 11 of 12 countries were in agreement, Britain, played the leper. There are plenty more examples (Thatcher's (in)famous 'No, no, no! The December 2011 UK veto...) to convince me my opinion will remain unchanged. Not directly related to the EU.
You really completely miss the point. All you wish Britain had done is even more radically committing suicide, just like we did on the Continent. Europe's greatness is its division and not its unity.
We want to exit the EU, we want to exit Schengen, we want to exit the Euro and to exit NATO. You seem to wish all that. All those treaties favoured relocation abroad in low cost countries and you approve of all this. You are blaming Thatcher and Major for the only tiny good things that they did. Way to go, mate.
Iraq & the UN - France and Germany looked like EU partners, Britain not so much.
You're still very far from reality.
Germany has never been opposed to the war in Iraq. They played a double-dealing. German intelligence gave useful information to the US. Some things never changed. Adenauer did the same with De Gaulle.
Chirac and Villepin opposed to the war because they had financial interest but they had to disobey the European treaties to stay out of the war because according to the TFEU, every member state is subordinated to NATO.
ANd you don't even mention Lybia, where the Frogs (who had joined Nato's internal command back) and the Brits worked hand in hand, to destroy the country and assassinate its President in barbarious manner, while Germany and Italy were opposed to it.
Forgive me I didn't realise I was MTFs researcher and I was the only one able to do a web search.
The social (community) charter was adopted in Strasbourg in 1989 by 11 of 12 member states. Earlier that year in Madrid, Thatcher described it as a 'socialist charter.' The UK vetoed the social charter being included as the social chapter of the Maastricht Treaty thus it became a protocol. Labour signed up the UK in '97 & minor amendments took place. Article 2 of the Amsterdam Treaty is where the social chapter can be found. David Cameron in 2007 pledged that a future Conservative government would pull out of the EU social chapter. Once an 'anchor'...
Describe it with your own words, please. I don't care if Thatcher called it 'socialist'. If she says it, she's right, obviously.
Question is: whatever it is, does it make up for the disaster of article 63
? No. And if it's so important to you, than you may simply enforce it in your own country. Why always more Europe? There's no point.
I repeat art. 63 of the TFEU:
Within the framework of the provisions set out in this Chapter, all restrictions on the
movement of capital between Member States and between Member States and third countries shall be
Potential mineral wealth. Satisfied?
Videla sure must've been very interested.