Watch Out: Some EU federalists see Brexit as an opportunity for an “ever closer union”, leaving France’s Emmanuel Macron freer to push forward an agenda of deeper EU integration.
The new massive EU budget is another step towards a federal union.
For some, the decision in July at a marathon EU summit to move towards joint borrowing to fund a post-coronavirus recovery plan for the union is a sign of what can now be achieved.”With the British, we wouldn’t even have discussed this, they’d have said ‘no’ straight away,” French professor Robert Frank, who wrote a book on Britain’s difficult European relations, told AFP.
The stimulus plan, which emerged from four straight days and nights of haggling between EU leaders, was hailed as a breakthrough by EU enthusiasts.
“It’s going to create a common fiscal policy for the EU that it hasn’t ever had before,” says Andrew Duff, a British former MEP and European federalist, now a visiting fellow at the European Policy Centre.
“It isn’t a determined, clearly thought out strategy, but it’s a drift towards a more federal EU,” Duff argues.