Friday, 22 February 2008
North Sea Region
Recently obtained a copy of the final report of "Project Seaport". This is a European Union initiative between five harbour towns (The Hague, Bremerhaven, Nieuwpoort, Zeebrugge and Hartlepool. The report was the usual glossy production claiming all good things come from the EU and how we should all be grateful for being allowed to be members. It even seemed to imply the new Headland Town Square was a result of the EU. The role of the SRB and North Hartlepool Partnership was glossed over (well totally ignored actually).
The most interesting thing for me was that the report clearly identified Hartlepool (and the entire East Cost of England) as being part of the "North Sea Region". For those who don't know this is one of the regions into which the EU hopes to eventually split the UK (as shown on the map at the start of this post).
Notice that Scotland also effectively ceases to exist and Wales is put together with Southern Ireland as one region, Northern Ireland joins part of Scotland and the Western side of England in the Atlantic Region. Even worse for the people of Kent and Sussex, according to the European Union they are actually part of France having been rolled in with the Calais area on a map drawn up for Brussels showing these areas will belong to the "Trans-Manche Region".
Once these supra-national regions are established it will enable the European Union to remove all references to England (and Scotland) from the official Maps of Europe.
How long before Hartlepool Borough Council is printing letterheads showing the address as
Hartlepool Borough Council
Hartlepool TS24 9DE
North Sea Region