butler1882 wrote:We did not join a European Superstate with its own laws and military while being owned by Brussels.
And you still haven't joined a European Superstate with its own laws.
EU law is created by MEPs (elected by you) and MPs (indirectly elected by you) or by people voted for by the people you voted to represent you. We (the UK) have participated in the rule making process since we joined. We proposed, drafted, discussed, amended, and agreed the laws that you refer to as European. [Sidenote: the UK has been on the winning side of 85% of our votes. 85% of our EU votes have given the result we wanted]
There are basically three types of EU law:
- The big Treaties (Treaty of Rome, Treaty of Lisbon etc) are the international agreements that form the foundations of the EU. These are agreements between the member states. In the UK, Parliament must ratify these.
- Regulations are generally to do with agreements on standards (eg. passport codes that someone mentioned earlier). These do go straight into effect once the EU Parliament (MEPs, elected by you) and Council of the European Union (members of each country's government) approve them. Because of this, they require careful drafting and much discussion.
- Finally, Directives are where the EU agrees the outcomes to be achieved and by when, but each member state creates its own laws to achieve that outcome.
There is an over-riding principle of 'subsidiarity', which means that decisions should be taken at the most local level possible. National Parliaments can 'yellow card' laws in progress that they believe are being handled at too high a level. If enough national parliaments do this, they can stop the law in its tracks, overruling the decisions made by their own heads of state in the Council.
That's a very simplified explanation. The reality is a constantly moving mix of international diplomacy between 28 countries, because there is no superstate; there's just 28 countries trying to agree common standards and rules so that they can all get along more easily. Every law is a delicate balancing act where you need three or more international bodes to all agree on it, as well as 28 independent national parliaments. At every stage, the people we voted in are trying to make sure the rules work for their own countries (except Nigel Farage, who just tried to sabotage the process, rather than improve it or achieve anything of value for the UK).
tl;dr - There is no 'European Superstate'. There are 28 countries making common laws together.