The EU's speaking rights at the UN is another step on the road to the UK's international irrelevance, writes UKIP Leader Nigel Farage.
• Britain, having stood alone - together with our kith and kin in The Commonwealth - against German domination of Europe and having expended a huge amount of blood and treasure in bringing about the defeat of Germany, was after WWII accorded a Permanent Seat on the Security Council of the UN, together with the right to veto UN Resolutions and activities.
Such recognition was only just in view of what we had achieved and what we had expended. Yet exactly 66 years, almost to the day, after VE-Day, a British Ambassador, in one of the most shameful acts of betrayal since Munich, voted to grant the European Union "Special Observer" status at the UN.
Why does this matter, you might ask?
It is because this is the next step along the road to Britain being deprived of its permanent seat and its voice at the UN Security Council.
This is but another product of the Lisbon Treaty, a treaty upon which each of the present British Political Class conspired to prevent the British people expressing their opinion.
Much of the Lisbon Treaty was devoted to the establishment of a "common foreign and security" policy and to the creation of an EU Diplomatic Service to underpin it. And in a crucial move, the Treaty gave the EU the right to enter into foreign relations - to sign Treaties, Conventions and International Agreements and the like - thus ensuring the EU fulfils the conditions to be recognised as itself being a Sovereign Independent State in international law.
Just think for a moment what the implications of that phrase "common foreign and security policy" are.
It means that the EU will have its own foreign policy. If it does so, the UK and other member states cannot properly have a voice at the UN: for the conceit is that the EU will be talking for us. There can be no such thing as a "British Foreign Policy" if there is an EU "common foreign and security policy".
And the clear logic of that is that the UK (and France) will have to surrender their Permanent Seat at the UN and yield it up to the EU.
So, on great occasions, it will no longer be William Hague sitting there theoretically fighting Britain's corner but the second-rate used politician the European Political Class raised from considerable obscurity to be its Foreign Minister - none other than Baroness Ashton of Upholland.
And be sure of this, she will not be fighting Britain's corner. She will be doing the work of Germany and France and all the rest of them.