05 MAY 2011
THE EU has seized the right to speak at the United Nations on behalf of its 27 member states, prompting fears that Britain may eventually lose its seat altogether.
In the latest Brussels power grab the EU will be able to address UN meetings through its own officials, rather than the country holding its rotating presidency.
The decision, which does not give the EU voting rights, comes after years of lobbying by the European bloc.
Baroness Ashton, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, told the UN’s General Assembly they would now hear “a clearer voice” from the EU.
But the move has sparked fears that the UK will eventually lose its seat at the UN table.
Ukip leader Nigel Farage said: “This is the next step along the road to Britain being deprived of its permanent seat and its voice at the UN Security Council. There can be no such thing as a ‘British Foreign Policy’ if there is an EU ‘common foreign and security policy’.”
Nigel Farage on UN speaking rights for EU