The great EU quotes

EU Quotes

Why we should leave the EU in their own words.


“Sometimes I like to compare the EU as a creation to the organisation of empire. We have the dimension of empire.” Jose Manuel Barrosso 2007



“The world needs a Europe that is capable of deploying military missions”.

(Jose Manuel Barroso September 2012)


“Decisions taken by the most democratic institutions in the world are very often wrong.”

(Jose Manuel Barroso 2010)


“The EU is the old Soviet Union dressed in Western clothes”

(President Gorbachev)


“I have lived in your future ….and it doesn’t work”

(Russian dissident Vladimir Bukovsky on the EU



“This Treaty marks a new stage in the process of creating an ever closer union…”

(Maastricht Treaty 1992)


“Now we’ve signed it – we had better read it”

(Douglas Hurd, former Foreign Secretary on the Maastricht Treaty)



“[Norway] held a referendum [on the EU] that went the wrong way”

(Douglas Hurd, former Foreign Secretary on the Maastricht Treaty)



“The Constitution is the capstone of a European Federal State.”

(Guy Verhofstadt, Belgian Prime Minister)


“If it’s a Yes we will say “on we go”, and if it’s a No we will say “we continue”.’

(Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Council)


“The substance of the Constitution is preserved. That is a fact.”

(German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the Lisbon Treaty)


“I have read some of [the Lisbon Treaty] but not all of it.”

(Caroline Flint, former Minister for Europe)


“They must go on voting until they get it right.”

(Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission)


“If you go through all the structures and features of this emerging European monster you will notice that it more and more resembles the Soviet Union.”

(Russian dissident Vladimir Bukovsky)


“The European Union is a state under construction.”

(Elmar Brok, Chairman of the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs)


“I have never understood why public opinion about European ideas should be taken into account at all,”

(French PM Raymond Barre)


“I believe neither the French nor the Dutch really rejected the constitutional treaty.”

(Jean-Claude Juncker, Prime Minister of Luxembourg)


“Let’s be clear about this. The rejection of the constitution was a mistake that will have to be corrected.”

(Valéry Giscard d’Estaing)


“The ‘no’ votes were a demand for more Europe, not less.”

(Romano Prodi, former President of the European Commission)


“[Bailouts are] expressly forbidden in the treaties by the famous no-bailout clause. De facto, we have changed the treaty.”

(French Europe minister Pierre Lelouche)


“The transfer by the States from their domestic legal system to the Community legal system of the rights and obligations arising under the Treaty carries with it a permanent limitation of their sovereign rights… against which a subsequent act incompatible with the concept of the Community cannot prevail”

(ECJ Case 6/64)


“It is an illusion to think that [EU] states can hold on to their autonomy.”

(Hans Tietmeyer, head of the Bundesbank 1991)


“…within ten years 80% of our economic legislation, perhaps even fiscal and social as well’ would come from the EU.”

(Jacques Delors, President of EU Commission 1988)


“The huge cost of the Common Agricultural Policy to taxpayers and consumers far outweighs any benefit to them…”

(Memo by MAFF to House of Lords European Communities Committee 1995)


“I think we have to realise that in the world of the 21st century for us to have the cheapest possible energy is not the answer.”   Climate Commissioner Hedegaard September 2013


“…we must now face the difficult task of moving towards a single economy, a single political unity.”

(Romano Prodi, President of EU Commission 1999)


“The day of the nation state is over.”

(Roman Herzog, German president, 1996)


“The European system of supranationality comes at the cost of democracy.”

(Lord Leach of Fairford)


“A European currency will lead to member nations transferring their sovereignty over financial and wage policy as well as monetary affairs.”

(Hans Tietmeyer, head of the Bundesbank, 1991)


“The single currency is the greatest abandonment of sovereignty since the foundation of the European Community: the decision is of an essentially political nature”

(Felipe Gonzalez, a Spanish former PM, 1998)


“The [EU] Council of Ministers will have far more power over the budgets of member states than the federal government in the United States has over the budget of Texas.”

(Jean-Claude Trichet, current head of the European Central Bank)


“One must never forget that monetary union, which the two of us were the first to propose more than a decade ago, is ultimately a political project. It aims to give a new impulse to the historic movement toward union of the European states”

(Giscard d’Estaing, who drafted the EU Constitution 1997)


“The process of monetary union goes hand in hand, must go hand in hand, with political integration and ultimately political union. EMU [economic and monetary union] is, and always was meant to be, a stepping stone on the way to a united Europe”

(Wim Duisenberg, first president of the EU Central Bank)


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