Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Andreas Whittam Smith in The Independent Reviews Lord Owen’s Proposal for a Restructured Europe

Article by Andreas Whittam Smith, The Daily Telegraph, 14 June 2012

Are we still a self-governing nation? How long is the list of things that British governments cannot do unless they have permission from Brussels or the blessing of the European courts? Even without joining the eurozone, is our independence slipping away? Asking these questions is one of the merits of Lord Owen’s new book, Europe Restructured? The Eurozone Crisis and its Aftermath. David Owen was Foreign Secretary from 1977 to 1979, when Labour was in power. He was one of the Gang of Four who left the Labour Party in 1981 to found the Social Democratic Party, a precursor of the Liberal Democrats.

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