The proposals for a bank holiday for all members within the EU on May 9 were approved today by the European Parliament. Jonathan Arnott, an independent MEP for the North East said the move by EU chiefs would not make them more popular and stated “people are not as stupid as they like to think”. Mr Arnott said the move was “to bribe voters with a holiday to like the European Union more.
He added: “If it is thought that voters will actually like the EU more after this decision they are wrong.
“People are not as stupid as they like to think though they are still hell-bent on imposing their will on them.”
The non-legislative vote was passed by 455 to 190 votes in Brussels.
Whilst the former UKIP MEP accepted that more Bank Holidays are needed particularly in the UK, he remained coy and stated that March 29 – the day of Britain’s exit from the block “might be a little more fitting”.
Mr Arnott has also voiced his concerns on a report on European Citizenship, which seeks to impose a EU identity upon citizens in countries across Europe.
He added: “That is not a European identity, you can feel European while still considering the structures, these institutions to be bad for democracy and bad for accountability.
“If there is one thing we should have realised by now, should be absolutely obvious by now, it is that the State cannot impose identity on the people.”
Mr Arnott, speaking in Strasbourg, in a scathing assessment added: “There are more calls for taxpayers’ money to be spent to attack any anti-EU dissenting voice. When you define pro-EU is being good and anti-EU as being propaganda, when the State dictates speech and opinion you erode democracy.
“From my point of view virtually every decision they make just confirms that the British public were right to vote to leave.”
The UK is set to leave the EU is just 45 days time and today the Prime Minister accelerated plans to ensure a swift departure.
Theresa May told MPs that she would enable the House of Commons to lift a requirement for a 21-day delay before any vote to approve an international treaty.
The announcement came as Mrs May urged MPs to “hold their nerve” and support her efforts to secure a withdrawal deal with Brussels.