EU plans to press ahead with its bid to dictate curriculum in schools across Europe have been condemned by East Midlands Euro MP Andrew Lewer MBE.
Speaking ahead of next week’s (Tuesday 12) Strasbourg Plenary session that will push through the proposal Andrew Lewer said: “This is yet another example of the EU-project attempts to secure further power and influence over our lives – now to include our schools.”
And despite calls for a full debate on the “Learning EU in Schools” report, no debate is programmed.
Over the last few months, Andrew has challenged the EU’s desire to interfere with the sovereignty of our schools.
“It is unacceptable for the EU to meddle with what we – and other member states – teach in our classrooms,” said Andrew.
“Our schools and our curriculum are our business. We do not want to further the EU’s quest for a united states of Europe by filling our classrooms with EU propaganda.”
He added: “Unfortunately, this is the way the EU works. They bombard us with seemingly benign reports where the core nature is buried in the detail. Ultimately, it is all aimed at securing an expanded – more powerful – role for the EU.
“No one can argue with the importance of countries working together in the fight against violent extremism which is also included in the report. But it goes much, much further pressing its European-project agenda on us too.
“The spectacle of MEPs saying what textbooks should be like across Europe is just breathtaking. It must be stopped – that is precisely what the European Conservative Reformist (ECR) Group is trying to do.”
Andrew said he welcomed opportunities for different member states to share best practice and learn from one another. “But,” he continued. “That is a long way away from what the EU has planned for us.
“As usual the EU’s answer to everything is more EU. That is not its purpose, nor should it be. And while ever that remains the case we would be better off leaving.”