The charter is seen by its supporters as representing the basic values of the EU. It goes considerably further than the old European Convention on Human Rights, offering, for example, the right to parental leave if you adopt a child, the right to continuous training, the right to social security benefits and the right to strike. It has no legal force because it was part of the European constitution, which was rejected by French and Dutch voters...What are Britain's options?
The oath of allegiance to the EU — which could be in addition to or in place of the oath to the Queen — would be subject to negotiation, but the Government cannot veto it because it gave up its national veto on EU immigration law last year. Britain does have an opt-out, but it would have to reject the entire package of immigration measures...Of course, if Americans let their guard down and the globalists get their way, an EU-style system could be coming the U.S.'s way.
An EU diplomat said of the proposal: "It's loony."
Timothy Kirkhope, the leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament, and former immigration minister, said: "I am amazed. You can laugh, but it worryingly shows the views of people who should know better. I swore an oath of allegiance to the Queen. I am not going to take kindly to an Italian gentleman telling me to swear allegiance to unelected people, or to swear allegiance to something I don't agree with — a unified European state."
Mike Nattrass, deputy leader of the UK Independence Party, said: "An allegiance to something with no single culture, no agreed history, no common language and packed with fraud and corruption? The EU must be joking."
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