If political union is consummated, power will be further concentrated and shifted upwards and away from the common man, as the core essence of democracy is mercilessly gutted. Its outward appearance will no doubt be preserved for posterity, as happened in tyrannical regimes throughout modern history. Elections will still be held, votes will be cast, some may even be counted, but as UK conservative MEP and leading populist Daniel Hannan recently said in this stirring speech, democracy is not just “a periodic right to mark a cross on a ballot paper”:
[It] depends on an affinity between the governing and the governed; a sense of common identity, of allegiance, of nationhood. You need a demos, a unit with which we identify when we use the word “We”. We have that sense as Britons, as Germans, as Portuguese. We do not have it as Europeans, and when you take the demos out of democracy, you are left only with the kratos; with the power of a system that must compel by law what it dare not ask in the name of civic patriotism.