IEA authors call for new model for Europe

An alternative constitution for the EU has been suggested by a group of academic experts, today, in a report released by the IEA*. In a multi-authored study they strongly criticise the on-going process attempting to develop the new European Constitution

The IEA's authors suggest a different constitutional model that is highly practical whilst soundly grounded in political theory and historical experience.

In all future discussions, those determining the content of constitutional changes should represent the member states parliaments and electorate, not the institutions of the European Union " it is on behalf of the people of Europe not the institutions of Europe that the constitution should be drafted.

There should be a significantly greater role for member states. Except where there is a genuine international interest, issues should be reserved for member states. In particular, the EU should have no role to play in labour markets. The Constitution should guarantee this.

The European Court's first duty should be to prevent restrictions being placed b