Eurosceptics have been branded “terrorists” just days before Tony Blair prepares to fly to Brussels to smuggle in the new EU constitution by the back door.
Critics of the EU’s secret plans to bring back the failed European constitution by stealth at this week’s summit were blasted by the Italian President, Giorgio Napolitano.
The Italian head of state told a news conference in Siena last week that “those who are anti EU are terrorists”.
And he attacked eurosceptics who warn that the promised new EU treaty will go too far in eroding the powers of member states, saying: “It is psychological terrorism to suggest the spectre of a European superstate.”
His comments emerged as EU foreign ministers gather in Luxembourg today to negotiate the new treaty to replace the failed EU constitution, ahead of a summit of EU leaders in Brussels on Thursday.
Ahead of what will be his last major political event before he hands over to Gordon Brown, Mr Blair has been forced to deny widespread claims that he will seek to sign up to a new treaty which will revive the key planks of the constitution, which was doomed after it was rejected by French and Dutch voters in referendums in 2005.
Downing Street issued a list of Britain’s “red line” issues where Mr Blair will refuse to hand over powers to Brussels, such as the veto on criminal justice and labour law and Britain’s seat on the UN security council, but refused to offer British voters a referendum on the treaty.
But critics say Mr Blair is, like most other EU leaders, determined to bring the failed EU constitution in by the back door by simply renaming the document as an “amending treaty” and slimming down its original 500 pages.
Campaigners for national referendums on the proposed treaty were left outraged when President Napolitano spoke out last Monday alongside the German President, Horst Kohler, who nodded in agreement at his comments.