British MEP Reveals Undemocratic EU Stitch Up Of Top Jobs

Ian Thorpe
Jul 11 · 4 min read

Brexit Party MEP Alexandra Phillips angrily blew the whistle on the undemocratic election process for choosing the European Parliament’s highly influential Committee chairs. The Newly elected MEP claimed the Federalist bloc had organised a “stitch-up behind closed doors”.

Alexandra Phillips in the European Parliament (Source: Alexandra Phillips, TWITTER)

Phillips said she was “astonished” by the method the European Parliament uses to elect chairs of its committees. In a video uploaded to the Brexit Party MEP’s Twitter page (link to video below), Ms Phillips says: “So, I’ve just come back from my first committee as an MEP. I am on the Development Committee (DEVE) which is really important to me because I have lived and worked in India and Ghana and Kenya and Cameroon, lots of places.

“And I have seen how badly the EU as a corporate cartel and big business and big banking essentially rides roughshod with trade deals over developing worlds and then uses bits of aid to try and cover up the massive open wounds that they leave behind.

“But what astonished me, the agenda for this meeting was actually appointing the new chair of the Committee.

“But this is already stitched up behind closed doors by the big Parliamentary groups who decide that they will portion out the chairs of committees behind the scenes and then each candidate stands unopposed.

“So I went to the meeting and one chair and vice chairs were automatically appointed because they were the only candidates stepping forward.

“Remember this Parliament is 60 percent new MEPs who haven’t had experience in these areas before and so don’t know the systems and aren’t putting themselves forward.”

Alexandra Phillips tells of her shock at lack of democracy in EU

EU leaders have also come under fire for undemocratically facilitating a backroom stitch-up for the bloc’s top job, that of President Of The European Commission. The person chosen to succeed Jean — Claude Juncker in the post is little known Federalist Ursula von Leyen, who emerged as the preferred candidate through a completely opaque process after better known figures were rejected by member states.

Much of the criticism centred around the abandonment of the so-called lead candidate (spitzenkandidat) process, which is designed to give a democratic mandate to the Commission presidency. Instead, leaders held a series of meetings across three days to fill European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s role before he is scheduled to step down at the end of October. But nobody seems to know who proposed von Leyen, who voted for her or what qualifies her for the job other than that she is German, a member of Angela Merkel’s CDU Prty know for loyalty to Merkel and a strong supporter of Merkel and Macron’s push to transfor the EU into a Federal superstate.

Following the talks among EU leaders, Ursula von der Leyen, who is currently Germany’s defence minister, a supporter of Federalisation and an advocate of an E U Army, was selected to be the next Commission President. She will become the next European Commission President if the European Parliament approves her appointment. Her path to power may not be smooth however. Member of the European Parliament from The Green Party and a coalition of socialist and communist parties have vowed to oppose her and claim they have the numbers to vote down her appointment.

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