In the meantime this is going on behind our backs. The EVIL EUROPEAN UNION has plans for OUR COUNTRY. EU chiefs have been quietly pouring around £1billion a year of taxpayers’ money into the regions
Senior Tories condemned plans to merge southern England and northern France into a territory called “Arc Manche” complete with its own flag.
Brussels chiefs have already earmarked millions of pounds for lavish projects designed to give the zone its own “identity”.
Schemes include a £7.6million “cross-Channel” network of cycle paths, a £2million travelling exhibition of “contemporary” artworks and even a bizarre international tour by circus clowns costing £5.5million.
Tory Cabinet Minister Eric Pickles yesterday revealed details of the plan inherited by his Whitehall department from the previous Labour government.
The Communities Secretary said: “Labour ministers have been caught red-handed conspiring with European bureaucrats to wipe England off the map and replace our historic boroughs, counties and cities with transnational Euro-regions.
“Massive amounts of taxpayers’ money are being wasted on vanity projects. I intend to fight these plans, stop this waste and protect England’s national and local identities from EU empire building.”
There are fears the outrageous plan could spread to affect other parts of Britain.
Meanwhile, the Daily Express crusade to get Britain out of the EU has won massive support. We delivered a petition of 373,000 signatures from readers demanding a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU to 10 Downing Street earlier this year.
Reacting to yesterday’s news, Tory backbencher Douglas Carswell, MP for Clacton, said: “This is quite simply an attempt to carve up Britain. As long as the country remains a member of the EU, we will never be free of this nonsense.”
UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage said: “The Arc Manche is the perfect Euro project. Nobody wants it, nobody called for it and nobody knows what it’s for.