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The UK Lords, the True Europeans and the Ivory Tower
The possibility that the efforts of the UK to leave the European Union (“Brexit”) could be undermined by their unelected upper Chamber (the House of Lords) is indicative of the problems of the European Union itself. The power wielded by the unelected British Lords perhaps reflects the power of the mostly unelected (directly) “Eurocrats” that operate in Brussels. While the power of both groups is severely limited by democratic forces (the House of Lords is much weaker and can be overpowered by the elected House of Commons in Britain; the “Eurocrats” in the EU operate based on the directives and wishes of the fully elected European Parliament and elected heads of state), the impression that unelected elites in Britain and Europe are undermining the will of the people is being seized upon by Eurosceptics to generate populist support.