By Stephen Bailey.
An ‘informal empire’ can be defined as a supranational (or multi-national) control structure in which one dominant country or organisation (that wants to be a country like the E.U.) controls one, or usually more than one, other country and its political structures in an informal manner rather than militarily invading, defeating, occupying them and directly administering them.
It became increasingly obvious during the five years of the Brexit negotiations that the E.U. viewed the U.K. (as well as its other member states) as subservient vassals to the proto-superstate that it is constructing, the United States of Europe.
The member states are not equal, independent sovereign nations in a trading bloc as the E.U. claims, but mere vassal provinces in its putative empire.
All of the current E.U. 27 member states are increasingly directly controlled in many aspects by the bloc. Their sovereignty is dripping away slowly in a salami slicing manner (or sometimes in an bigger manner, like with the Lisbon Treaty, which recently come into full effect and which transfers huge tranches of national sovereignty from the member states to the E.U.) over the years to be gathered up and centred under Brussels’ control.
They are increasingly simply becoming vassal provinces of an E.U. empire and an informal empire at that, in which they are just outlying territories controlled by the dominant authority, the E.U.
Whilst the U.K. has now formerly left the E.U. and its control, it’s clear that she is still expected by the bloc to remain part of its informal empire.
The U.K. doesn’t formerly have to follow the bloc’s rules, standards, directives or the rulings of its court (the European Court of Justice), but one way or another is still expected to fall in line with them of her own accord.
The U.K. implements the E.U.’s will anyway and is still under their informal control, part of their informal empire.
This is very much the case with the trade deal between the U.K. and the E.U. For example, it talks about there being no ‘regression’ by the U.K. from E.U. ‘standards’. Right there, in a nutshell, is a perfect illustration of the E.U.’s informal empire approach to its relations with its member states (and other countries it deals with).
The U.K. is in an informal master – servant (or vassal) relationship with the E.U. The bloc alone decides what any ‘standard’ will be and the U.K. has very little input into deciding their composition.
As the U.K. is no longer a member of the E.U., she will not be formerly required to follow them.
However, under the terms of the trade deal, the U.K. will still echo their ‘standards’ without being able to question them. In other words, the U.K. is still informally controlled by the E.U. and, if she’d stayed a member, would have become a subservient, rule taking vassal province of the bloc which really aims to be a country, the United States of Europe (the U.S.E.), in which all the member states are eventually subsumed into its orbit to become nothing more than voiceless, powerless vassal regions whose independence, sovereignty and ability to control their own destiny has been completely lost to the U.S.E. Mere powerless parts of its informal empire, technically sovereign, but in reality satellite provinces of the Brussels superstate.
The United Kingdom has avoided this fate by leaving the E.U.
If she had stayed, the U.K. would have become nothing more than a rule-taking vassal region in the E.U. superstate’s informal empire.
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