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May 19

Paxman on the EU debate

Jeremy Paxman takes a typically sardonic look at the effect of the EU on UK sovereignty.  Initially I was irritated by his focus on straight cucumbers and curved bananas, as well as the screen captions that floated in and out about different EU directives and which did not give any context to them.

But he did present and explain the different institutions of the EU as well as interviewing politicians and others from both sides of the debate.

The programme gave interesting insight into two questions – how much of our sovereignty has now passed to Brussels? And does sovereignty mean the same thing as it did nearly four hundred years ago when Parliament wrested it from King Charles I or is it something that inevitably become more shared (“pooled”) in our highly interconnected world?

Definitely worthwhile watching: “Paxman in Brussels: Who Really Rules Us?”

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