As responses go on, Britain has demonstrated its opposition to the idea of forming the sort of state that Redding is suggesting. Britain has been pushing to reduce the power of the European Union, thus logically the idea of a European state with full power was rejected by the nation. A EU official has stated: “we assume Britain is leaving the EU, so we don’t even bother thinking about British sensitivities at the moment.” However, Britain is not the only one who has reflected anti-EU movements. France, Greece, and the Netherlands still remain skeptical about the idea of forming this sort of state. There is an environment of European skepticism amongst several of the countries involved, but nonetheless, there is still support towards the cause.
José Manuel Barroso, the president of the commission, has stated that the centenary of the Great War would be used by the EU to warn against Euro-skepticism, far-right arguments, and anti-European parties, for these are seen as a possible threat to European security which could cause war in Europe. Both Barroso and Reding believe that the EU is maintaining stability far better than any recording institution before it, and consequently should be embraced and maintained by transcending into a political union that consolidates it. However, Reding has stated that nonetheless “there is a lot at stake. For the outcome of these elections will shape Europe for the years to come.”
In addition, before forming a super state, there is a requirement for a revision of the collective debt, reforms on wages and prices, and prevention of state bankruptcy. Thus, in order to carry on with this motion, all European states must begin to shift their focus in preparation of the potential reforms that may have to be undertaken for the sake of the United States of Europe.