Completely disagree - in my view we'll have the same influence, possibly slightly more chance of encouraging reform, the EU having been so close to losing a senior member.
There may be some mileage in what you say chris. I would have though the Heads of State must realize the E.U. Administrative Structure, for all the good it has done is a focal point for all malcontents within the 28 States. And unlike opposition parties in nation States, it has no voice to counter mis - conceptions.
The problem I feel lies within the E.U. Parliament. It is not just the public that feel disconnected - but National Parliaments also. And I believe Farage is one of the reasons for such feelings.
It is time to scrap the E.U. Parliament, IMHO. There is no reason why each Nation could not have something similar to our Select Committees, in this instance a "National select Committee for the E.U.", where members are elected on the basis of the proportion of each National Parliaments make up.
Their membership would be under the permanent scrutiny of their respective Houses and no one would have the luxury of a fixed term membership. Had Farage been a member of any of our Select committees, he would not have remained so for much more than a couple of ours, given his disgraceful antics in Brussels.
To adopt such an approach to the E.U. would I feel, reconnect the Electorate with what I believe is an organization Europe can ill do without.
Either way, it is not sufficient to "Tweek around the Edges", to counter the rise of the Far right.
At the very least, it would prevent the insidious activities of extreme elements of Member States, forming Covens to undermine the E.U.