Norman Tebbit, writing on his blog about Cameron's success at the recent Heads of Government meeting at the EU and the intention of that body to 'control' national budgets, quotes Gladstone.
"The finance of the country is intimately associated with the liberties of the country. It is a powerful leverage by which English Liberty has been gradually acquired … It lies at the root of English Liberty, and if the House of Commons can by any possibility lose the power of the control of the grants of public money, depend upon it, your very liberty will be worth very little in comparison …That power can never be wrenched out of your hands… That powerful leverage has been what is commonly known as the power of the purse – the control of the House of Commons over public expenditure – your main guarantee for purity – the root of English liberty. No violence, no tyranny, whether of experiments or of such methods as are likely to be made in this country, could ever for a moment have a chance of prevailing against the energies of that great assembly. No, if these powers of the House of Commons come to be encroached upon, it will be by tacit and insidious methods, and therefore I say that public attention should be called to this."
Substitute 'laws' for 'finance' and the same reasoning holds true - ie, the laws of a country are associated with the liberties of a country. In other words, unless the people of a country retain the right to decide the laws of the society in which they choose to live, they have no liberty.
It is worth noting also that how the EU operates is by tacit and insidious methods and if our politicans were at all honourable, in view of their Oath of Allegiance and especially that of Privy Councillors, they would indeed draw public attention to this!