Britain will find itself “dragged along” into an ever more integration European Union if it does not vote to leave, Boris Johnson has said.
The Mayor of London wrote in his column for the Daily Telegraph newspaper that European federalists “mean it” when they said they wanted a full political union.
Citing the Five Presidents Report released by the EU institutions last year, he argued that Britain’s deal would not prevent the pooling of tax and budget policy.
“They want to prop up the euro by creating an all-out economic government of Europe.
“They want a euro-area treasury, with further pooling of tax and budgetary policy.
“They want to harmonise insolvency law, company law, property rights, social security systems – and there is no way the UK can be unaffected by this process,” he wrote.
“The federalists do mean it when they sketch out these programmes. The ratchet is clicking forwards. When you come to vote, the status quo is not on offer.”
Mr Johnson warned that inclusion in the single market meant policies to bring the EU closer together would affect all 28 member states – not just members of the euro.
What has the EU ever done for us?
What has the EU ever done for us?
1/7 1. It gives you freedom to live, work and retire anywhere in Europe
As a member of the EU, UK citizens benefit from freedom of movement across the continent. Considered one of the so-called four pillars of the European Union, this freedom allows all EU citizens to live, work and travel in other member states.
2/7 2. It sustains millions of jobs
A report by the Centre for Economics and Business Research, released in October 2015, suggested 3.1 million British jobs were linked to the UK’s exports to the EU.
3/7 3. Your holiday is much easier - and safer
Freedom to travel is one of the most exercised benefits of EU membership, with Britons having made 31 million visits to the EU in 2014 alone. But a lot of the benefits of being an EU citizen are either taken for granted or go unnoticed.
4/7 4. It means you're less likely to get ripped off
Consumer protection is a key benefit of the EU’s single market, and ensures members of the British public receive equal consumer rights when shopping anywhere in Europe.
5/7 5. It offers greater protection from terrorists, paedophiles, people traffickers and cyber-crime
Another example of a lesser-known advantage of EU membership is the benefit of cross-country coordination and cooperation in the fight against crime.
6/7 6. Our businesses depend on it
According to 71% of all members of the Confederation of British Influence (CBI), and 67 per cent of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the EU has had an overall positive impact on their business.
7/7 7. We have greater influence
Robin Niblett, Director of think-tank Chatham House, stated in a report published last year: “For a mid-sized country like the UK, which will never again be economically dominant either globally or regionally, and whose diplomatic and military resources are declining in relative terms, being a major player in a strong regional institution can offer a critical lever for international influence.
He argued that conditions in David Cameron’s EU deal that said Britain should not stop other countries from enacting closer union meant it could not exercise a veto in this area.
David Cameron agreed a reform package with other EU leaders earlier this year he however said would give Britain an opt-out from any further integration.
Other measures included in the deal are protections of the single market for countries outside the euro, a wave of deregulation, and restrictions on in-work benefits for EU migrants.
Mr Johnson is campaigning for a 'no' vote in the EU in-out referendum, which will be held on 23 June this year.