UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall speaks during the debate on the intergovernmental meeting of the 12.02.2015, Brussels, 25.02.2015
• European Parliament, Brussels, 25 February 2015
• Paul Nuttall MEP, Deputy Leader, UK Independence Party (North West), Europe of Freedom and Democracy (EFD) group - @paulnuttallukip
• Debate: Report of the informal meeting of Heads of State or Government (12 February 2015)
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I want to start the speech by quoting the Chairman of the EuroGroup Jeroen Dijssebloem who only two days ago said "you are mistaken if you think democracy is where one election result can change the way we work in the eurozone."
Indeed, Mr. Junker, you're on record saying that "there can be no democratic choice against the European Union's treaties."
Well that tells us all we really need to know, doesn't it, about what the euro-fanatics think of democracy.
And isn't it ironic that you are destroying democracy in its very cradle - Greece?
You have allowed Greece to enter a currency that it should never have been in.
You have removed a democratically elected Prime Minister when he offered his country a way out through a referendum.
You have imposed austerity that has taken the people of Greece to the brink. Yet you still shackle this great country with economic chains.
To you I say: sovereignty and democracy in Greece are not yours to take. The Greeks have suffered enough.
The battle lines are clear: It is the forces of democracy in Greece against the undemocratic forces of the European Union.
To the Greek Parliament, I ask will the 300 stand firm?
And to the people of Greece, I say be courageous and protect your birth right.
You are the creators of democracy and now you must save it.
Invoke the courage and spirit of your forefathers.
Do not buckle, do not falter, do not give in.
You are the defenders of democracy now, you are the nation of Homer, Plato and Aristotle, and if you stand your ground you will prevail and you will be a beacon of hope to us all.