EU Quotes

Why we should leave the EU in their own words.

Let the EU enthusiasts tell you the real truth about the undemocratic nature of the EU!


I would not” David Cameron answering the question – “In case of a Yes victory in the referendum that will organize on leaving the EU, would you be willing to withdraw from the Union?” 8th April 2013.

“Nothing will do more damage to the pro-European movement than giving room to the suspicion that we have something to hide, that we do not have the “cojones” to carry our argument to the people.” Nick Clegg 2003

“Sometimes I like to compare the EU as a creation to the organisation of empire. We have the dimension of empire.” Jose Manuel Barrosso 2007

“Fundamental renegotiation is very, very unlikely to produce any significant change,”  Vince Cable, on the subject of Cameron’s plans 10th September 2013

“The world needs a Europe that is capable of deploying military missions”.  Jose Manuel Barroso September 2012

“Decisions taken by the most democratic institutions in the world are very often wrong.”  Jose Manuel Barroso 2010

“No need to confuse people with the underlying institutions/history behind the current EU”
(EU Internet Handbook)

“The EU is the old Soviet Union dressed in Western clothes”
(President Gorbachev)

“I have lived in your future ….and it doesn’t work”
(Russian dissident Vladimir Bukovsky on the EU

Determined to lay the foundations of an ever closer union among the peoples of Europe”
(Treaty of Rome 1957)

This Treaty marks a new stage in the process of creating an ever closer union…”
(Maastricht Treaty 1992)

Now we’ve signed it – we had better read it”
(Douglas Hurd, former Foreign Secretary on the Maastricht Treaty)

"The supremacy of Community Law when in conflict with national law is the logical consequence of the federal concept of the Community”
(H P Ipsen, 1964 – 9 years before we joined)

[Norway] held a referendum [on the EU] that went the wrong way”
(Douglas Hurd, former Foreign Secretary on the Maastricht Treaty)

The Tories have been indulging in their usual double talk. When they go to Brussels they show the greatest enthusiasm for political union. When they speak in the House of Commons they are most anxious to aver that there is no commitment whatever to any political union.”
(Labour MP Hugh Gaitskell, October 1962)

The Constitution is the capstone of a European Federal State.”
(Guy Verhofstadt, Belgian Prime Minister)

"If it’s a Yes we will say “on we go”, and if it’s a No we will say “we continue”.’
(Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Council)

The substance of the Constitution is preserved. That is a fact.”
(German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the Lisbon Treaty)

I have read some of [the Lisbon Treaty] but not all of it.”
(Caroline Flint, former Minister for Europe)

They must go on voting until they get it right.”
(Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission)

If you go through all the structures and features of this emerging European monster you will notice that it more and more resembles the Soviet Union.”
(Russian dissident Vladimir Bukovsky)

The European Union is a state under construction.”
(Elmar Brok, Chairman of the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs)

I have never understood why public opinion about European ideas should be taken into account at all,”
(French PM Raymond Barre)

I believe neither the French nor the Dutch really rejected the constitutional treaty.”
(Jean-Claude Juncker, Prime Minister of Luxembourg)

 “Let’s be clear about this. The rejection of the constitution was a mistake that will have to be corrected.”
(Valéry Giscard d’Estaing)

The ‘no’ votes were a demand for more Europe, not less.”
(Romano Prodi, former President of the European Commission)

No government dependent on a democratic vote could possibly agree in advance to the sacrifices which any adequate plan for European Union must involve. The people must be led slowly and unconsciously into the abandonment of their traditional economic defences, not asked…”
(Peter Thorneycroft, former Tory MP)

[Bailouts are] expressly forbidden in the treaties by the famous no-bailout clause. De facto, we have changed the treaty.”
(French Europe minister Pierre Lelouche)

 “The transfer by the States from their domestic legal system to the Community legal system of the rights and obligations arising under the Treaty carries with it a permanent limitation of their sovereign rights… against which a subsequent act incompatible with the concept of the Community cannot prevail”
(ECJ Case 6/64)

It is an illusion to think that [EU] states can hold on to their autonomy.”
(Hans Tietmeyer, head of the Bundesbank 1991)

“…within ten years 80% of our economic legislation, perhaps even fiscal and social as well’ would come from the EU.”
(Jacques Delors, President of EU Commission 1988)

The huge cost of the Common Agricultural Policy to taxpayers and consumers far outweighs any benefit to them…”
(Memo by MAFF to House of Lords European Communities Committee 1995)

“I think we have to realise that in the world of the 21st century for us to have the cheapest possible energy is not the answer.”   Climate Commissioner Hedegaard September 2013

“…we must now face the difficult task of moving towards a single economy, a single political unity.”
(Romano Prodi, President of EU Commission 1999)

The day of the nation state is over.”
(Roman Herzog, German president, 1996)

The European system of supranationality comes at the cost of democracy.”
(Lord Leach of Fairford)

A European currency will lead to member nations transferring their sovereignty over financial and wage policy as well as monetary affairs.”
(Hans Tietmeyer, head of the Bundesbank, 1991)

“The single currency is the greatest abandonment of sovereignty since the foundation of the European Community: the decision is of an essentially political nature”
(Felipe Gonzalez, a Spanish former PM, 1998)

The [EU] Council of Ministers will have far more power over the budgets of member states than the federal government in the United States has over the budget of Texas.”
(Jean-Claude Trichet, current head of the European Central Bank)

One must never forget that monetary union, which the two of us were the first to propose more than a decade ago, is ultimately a political project. It aims to give a new impulse to the historic movement toward union of the European states”
(Giscard d’Estaing, who drafted the EU Constitution 1997)

The process of monetary union goes hand in hand, must go hand in hand, with political integration and ultimately political union. EMU [economic and monetary union] is, and always was meant to be, a stepping stone on the way to a united Europe”
(Wim Duisenberg, first president of the EU Central Bank)

“There is no question of Britain losing essential national sovereignty”

(Ted Heath)


 A big thanks to Iain McKie, Isle of Wight UKIP Parliametary Candidate for putting together these great quotes -