EU collapse: Brussels warned of ‘inevitable’ end as MEP outlines benefits of leaving bloc

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Top European Union figures have been accused over the past decade of plotting to establish an ever-closer union with more centralised powers granted to Brussels. Finnish eurosceptic MEP Laura Huhtasaari forecast attempts to bring member states increasingly under the control of the bloc will ultimately result in its collapse. Speaking to Express.co.uk, Ms Huhtasaari said the end may not be as nigh as many expect but she appeared adamant the collapse will come. 

The Finnish MEP said: “I think it’s inevitable that it will collapse, but probably not right now.

“I want my country back, I want to get out of the EU. I don’t want to be part of this new Soviet Union-like union.

“I definitely want to be an independent state, doing a free trade agreement and other kinds of loose operations.”

Ms Huhtasaari accused Brussels of being prone to bypassing its own laws to achieve its goals, a move she claims may again be employed to secure a widespread agreement of the EU27 on the controversial coronavirus recovery package Ursula von der Leyen is proposing.

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The European Commission President put forward a proposal that would see the EU use its strong credit rating to borrow €750 billion on the financial market to support members that suffered the highest consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

But fiscally conservative countries have demanded the imposition of strict conditions for the establishment of the fund as they expressed their disagreement about a plan which would effectively see the bloc assume common debt.

Ms Huhtasaari insisted the proposal itself would violate the Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), one of two treaties outlining the constitutional basis of the bloc.

According to Article 125 of the TFEU, neither member states nor Brussels has any obligation to assume the commitment of either national government or central banks of other member states if they incur in financial trouble.

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Ms Huhtasaari added: “Of course, there is hope. I want my country to say no, Finland should definitely just say no.

“This is against the treaties, this is illegal, we are not participating but our Government at the moment just supports the federal plan.”

The recovery fund proposal was first put forward by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and France’s President Emmanuel Macron in a bid to bring member states together during the crisis.

Chancellor Merkel, whose country assumed the rotational presidency of the European Council this month, headed to Brussels on Wednesday to defend the project but was faced with widespread criticism.

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Italian eurosceptic MEP Raffaele Fitto told Mrs Merkel: “Germany is taking over the Presidency during the most difficult time in the history of our continent since the Second World War.

“Unfortunately so far the EU response has been slow, limited in its effectiveness and lacking a true spirit of solidarity between the Member States.

“To reach an agreement next week is a necessity, ensuring that the money reaches citizens and businesses as soon as possible, is a duty.

“That is why we do not want a compromise downwards, but we want an ambitious agreement.”

He added: “Germany has a huge responsibility in this six-month period: to move beyond national self-interest and to recover the original spirit of the European Union by avoiding the mistakes of the past.”

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