We are alarmed at report recently from contacts in Brussels that the EU is in the process of signing Compact Agreements with third countries which will mean that members states can send back asylum seekers without difficulty. Our understanding is that this whole process is being carried out in such a manner as to bypass the European Parliament and avoid democratic scrutiny. We are informed that all member states must be in agreement before a compact agreement is signed.
The problem of undemocratic action is at the core of the problem of the EU itself. Not only are the ways to evade democratic action multiple, but the EU has taken a “one size fits all” and “my way or the highway” attitude on many issues. The biggest result of this was Brexit. In the lead-up to the vote, I noted that the EU was an “undemocratic, Procrustean experiment.” Many cried at the result but few stopped to think that, had the EU taken a more flexible and open approach to the UK’s concerns, it would have never happened.
The EU has always been sold that it is “the best.” The best for what? For whom? Intent to solve Europe’s propensity to plunge itself into conflict is one thing, but just because there’s a cure doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for improvement.