• Speaking at the Employment and Social Affairs committee hearing, yesterday in Brussels, UKIP MEP Derek Clark asked whether the EU's agenda to promote the mass movement of workers is actually aimed towards the ultimate destruction of the nation state.
Mr Clark was speaking at the committee hearing on how the European Court of Justice (ECJ) judgements on 'Viking', 'Laval Rüfert' and 'Luxembourg' have affected collective bargaining and the posting of workers since 2008.
"Laval, et al, is a question not of individuals but of mass movement," Mr Clark said. "And what has happened is that the collective agreements have brought in a situation whereby they work for less than that country's minimum wage."
"Is it a question that actually the agenda is to so promote the mass movement of workers in great numbers that you blur distinctions nationally, leading ultimately to the destruction of the nation state?"
Mr Clark also asked "by what right does the ECJ overturn the law of those countries," where the minimum wage is an act of parliament.
"I'm old enough in the UK to have observed people from all over Europe working in the UK quite happily before even there was a Treaty of Rome," Mr Clark said at the beginning of his intervention.
"I'm a teacher. I talk with teachers from all over Europe at various times. They had no problems and that's before we joined the common market. So what is it all about?" he asked.