160612 EU sovereignty

There is a disturbing new trend among the Eurosceptics inhabiting This Writer’s Twitter feed.

For example, in response to my reblogging of the Disability News Service‘s EU laws ‘have played crucial role’ in fight for disability rights, I received this comment: “Not 1 reference to the EU doing anything about the abysmal treatment of disabled folk in the UK.”

This is, of course, an entirely prejudicial conflation of two different things. The EU has indeed played a crucial role in ensuring rights to information, transport and accessible goods and services.

But member states still have their sovereignty and may still enact legislation that relates exclusively to their own citizens. If that were not the case, wouldn’t the same person complaining about the lack of provision for the disabled then be complaining about our loss of sovereignty to the ‘unelected bureaucrats’ about whom we all hear so much?

I tackled this particular Tweeter on that issue: “Tell me, are you angry at a perceived loss of sovereignty? If so, you should be pleased the EU leaves some things to nations.”

Here’s the reply: “No. 1. I’m not angry. 2. I hate the use of the category I fall into being used as a political instrument. Satisfied?”

Well, no – because this person was using their disability as a political instrument.

This person added: “btw, before you call me a shirker, I work +30 hrs a week because I have to, as I didn’t qualify for PIP.”

Considering my recent history of standing up for disabled people, both individually and as a group, over the last few years, I’m sure you’ll understand why I lost any sympathy at all for that person at that point. Some people need to check who they’re addressing before they make such offensive remarks.

This is just an example of a growing number of similar comments that have started circulating over the last couple of days.

My question is, which would these people rather have – national sovereignty, or the removal of that sovereignty so the EU can legislate on disability?

They can’t have both.

And, more importantly, they can’t use both as arguments to leave the European Union.


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