Friday, 9 January 2009

EU Grab For British Energy Supply

Following the spat between Ukraine and Russia about gas supplies, the Great Emperor Barroso of the EU is making a grab for British and Dutch gas supplies - so that the big chill can be spread equally throughout the Union:
BRITAIN’S vital North Sea oil and gas supplies are to be taken over by Europe under emergency plans revealed for the first time in Brussels yesterday.

EU leaders are demanding control of British energy reserves to prevent power blackouts that have left millions of eastern Europeans without heat in Arctic weather due to the Russian gas blockade.

Euro-MPs are calling for the creation of a European gas reserve, made up of British and Dutch supplies, which member states can tap into in the event of any future shortage.

The transfer of ownership would be enacted under secret powers written into the controversial Lisbon Treaty. It gives Europe the legal power to take over individual states’ supplies to “ensure security of energy supply in the Union”.

Ultimate control over Britain’s vast natural gas and oil fields – by far the biggest resource within the EU – will fall to Brussels if the new treaty, which has already been ratified by Britain, is adopted throughout Europe.
And supporters of the EU wonder why so many British citizens are less than enthusiastic about the whole thing.

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