Viviane Reding: British public fed 'myths' about immigration

Brussels official wants a 'United States of Europe’ but is she unintentionally helping Ukip win votes?

LAST UPDATED AT 08:51 ON Fri 10 Jan 2014

BRITISH ministers are stoking fears about European Union migrants, according to a top Brussels official who wants to see a "United States of Europe". 

Viviane Reding, the vice-president of the European Commission, has said it is "simply not true" that there is an "invasion of foreigners" stealing jobs and draining welfare and health resources in the UK.

During a webchat on European citizenship, Reding said that most of the things that the British public are told about Europe are "myths" and "have nothing to do with reality". She claimed that political leaders in the UK were adopting populist tactics simply to win votes.

"I’m mostly frustrated about the political leaders," she said. "What is leadership if you just try with political movements and political speeches to gain votes? You are destroying the future of your people, actually."

Reding, who is the longest serving Brussels commissioner, insisted that EU immigrants to Britain contribute far more to the country's coffers than they take out, claiming Britain's GDP has risen by three to four per cent because of the input of working Europeans coming to the country.

"It's just a myth to speak about an invasion, this invasion is just not taking place," she added.

In the Daily Telegraph, Bruno Waterfield says the idea that a United States of Europe could have any popular appeal illustrates "the distant remoteness of the world that is planet EU".

Reding's vision, which is shared by many in the European institutions, would transform the EU into a "superstate" relegating national governments and parliaments to a minor political role equivalent to that played by local councils in Britain, he says.

If voters are offered a choice of "more Europe", they will vote against it in droves, he adds. Reding has emerged as Nigel Farage's best friend, as "the more she speaks out, the more votes Ukip will be able to bank". · 

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...completely out of touch! This unelected "official" expresses "frustration" at our, elected, politicians because they don't always agree with her on the immigration issue.

Regardless of the net contribution, or otherwise, of immigrants to Britain's economy it is NOT for this individual to lecture our elected government (however odious and ineffectual we, ourselves, might judge our government to be).

Reding is only a civil servant - she has NO authority to comment in such a presumptious matter on what is, or is not, to be a decision for national, democratically elected, governments to decide.

Butt out, Reding!

The idea of a "United States of Europe" seems naive even if you think it desirable.

The UK has nationalists wanting independence, even with much common heritage and many years and wars united.
Yugoslavia fared badly. Spain has separatist movements. Czechoslovakia split.

In the USA, people were born American or went there in order to become America. They see themselves as Americans. Most Europeans see themselves as French or German or Italian etc., not European.

Better to remain separate and work to ensure cooperation, with some give and take, than force a false unity that could lead to many years of disagreements.

A U.S.E. would have a common currency That would be a disaster. There is no way a diverse Europe is an optimal currency area.

A bit rich coming from a politician of Luxembourg........'Where'?

'You know, that little place once famous for its radio station'!

...she's not even a politician - she is an unelected "official" - ie a civil servant.

Yes.....a civil servant playing politics!

The EU is basically governed by the unelected commissioners ,it is a totally undemocratic,fantasy organization where the opinions of a tiny minority are sacrosanct,if it wasn't so pathetic it would be funny

She's lying.

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