Over the years since the founding of the European project British politicians have lied and lied again about the ultimate aim of creating a single European state, where each nation state would be no more than a province in a political entity, ruled by an unelected bureaucracy.

To their credit the continental politicians have been clear about this and it is instructive to read the statements made over the years. The intent of British politicians to deceive the people as to the true ambitions of the EU is the real reason why it has taken until now for the mask to be ripped aside and the decision taken by those people that they want nothing more to do with creating a United States of Europe

Jean Monnet

He was a French political economist and diplomat. An influential supporter of European unity , he is considered as one of the founding fathers of the European Union, being called The Father of Europe for his efforts in establishing the European Coal and Steel Federation, the predecessor of the European Union.

Never elected to public office, Monnet worked behind the scenes of American and European governments as a well-connected internationalist. His views on democracy were formed by watching Hitler win popular plebiscites, so he never trusted the people, preferring that power should be in the hands of those he considered worthy of exercising it.

There is no real peace in Europe, if the states are reconstituted on a basis of national sovereignty.They must have larger markets. Their prosperity is impossible, unless the States of Europe form themselves in a European Federation.

The fusion of economic functions would compel nations to fuse their sovereignty into that of a single European State.

There will be no peace in Europe if the States rebuild themselves on the basis of national sovereignty, with its implications of prestige politics and economic protection. The countries of Europe are not strong enough individually to be able to guarantee prosperity and social development for their peoples. The States of Europe must therefore form a federation or a European entity that would make them into a common economic unit.

The nations of Europe should be guided towards the superstate without their people understanding what is happening. This can be accomplished by successive steps, each disguised as having an economic purpose, but which will eventually and irreversibly lead to federation.

Jean-Claude Juncker

Juncker is a Luxembourgish politician serving as President of the European Commission since 2014. An arrogant and bigoted man, contemptuous of rule by democracy, and animated by a dislike of Britain.

On Greece's economic meltdown in 2011 - When it becomes serious, you have to lie

On EU monetary policy - I am ready to be insulted as being insufficiently democratic, but I want to be serious. I am for secret, dark debates

On British calls for a referendum over Lisbon Treaty - Of course there will be transfers of sovereignty. But would I be intelligent to draw the attention of public opinion to this fact?

On the French referendum over EU constitution - If it is a Yes, we will say on we go, and if it is a No we will say we continue

On the introduction of the euro - We decide on something, leave it lying around, and wait and see what happens. If no one kicks up a fuss, because most people do not understand what has been decided, we continue step by step until there is no turning back

On eurozone economic policy and democracy - We all know what to do, we just don't know how to get re-elected after we've done it

There are very many more pygmy politicians whose pronouncements are similar but there were two titans of the twentieth century who could see the truth clearly.

General de Gaulle

He knew the British better than the politicians who claimed to represent them and, when rejecting the British entry into the EEC he summed up the reality

England in effect is insular, she is maritime, she is linked through her interactions, her markets and her supply lines to the most diverse and often the most distant countries; she pursues essentially industrial and commercial activities, and only slight agricultural ones. She has, in all her doings, very marked and very original habits and traditions.

Winston Churchill

Europhiles try to claim that Churchill was a federalist but no one who has read all his works, listened to his speeches or observed his actions could doubt that he would always have rejected submerging his beloved country into a European state.

We have our own dream and our own task. We are with Europe, but not of it. We are linked but not combined. We are interested and associated but not absorbed. If Britain must choose between Europe and the open sea, she must always choose the open sea.