Thursday, 7 January 2010

Cradle to grave EU plan scrutiny

UKIP had a close eye on Jacques Barrot the EU Justice Commissioner as he outlined his remit of the Stockholm Programme in which he called for "citizenship in the fullest sense of the word" by introducing EU birth and death certificates.He was speaking to the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee in Brussels this week.

New UKIP MEP, Nikki Sinclaire, who is a member of the committee, said: “I was stunned when the Commissioner outlined this proposal. " They are not even pretending anymore, it is now full steam ahead to a complete Euro superstate with a single register for all EU citizens’ births and deaths."" What about the protection of and respect for national identity?”Births and deaths have been registered in the UK since 1837 and are held by the Registrar General who collects them from local registration officers. In 2007 changes were made to the system and Birth and Death Registers were no longer written by hand.

Instead, this information is now held on a central online database.Nikki also criticised Commissioner Barrot, for his blatant disregard for the voters in Ireland facing an October referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.She said: "The Commissioner talked about 'when' the Lisbon Treaty would come into effect not 'if', despite the fact that Irish voters are yet to go to the polls."