Macron’s dream of a “United States of Europe” shattered after EU member states rebel against losing their sovereign powers.

Macron’s plans for a United States of Europe have been drastically scaled back after 12 EU member states fought back against his plans to change the EU’s founding treaties.

After months of talks with EU people for the Conference on the Future of Europe, Brussels officials have approved the recommendations.

The goal of the initiative was to provide suggestions to EU leaders on how to improve the EU.

To acquire greater control over decision-making processes, the EU Parliament’s leaders seem to have endorsed suggestions for treaty modifications.

The unanimity criterion for important decisions would be abolished, making it impossible for member states to reject new laws.

French President Emmanuel Macron supported the idea, saying that he wanted more majority votes for certain EU policy areas and that EU laws needed to be changed to work better.

Ursula von der Leyen, EU Commission President, also supported the concept.

She said: “I have always argued that unanimity voting in some key areas simply no longer makes sense if we want to be able to move faster.

“Or that Europe should play a greater role for example in health or defence.”

According to an EU survey, EU citizens want the 27-nation union to become more fair, show more unity, lead the fight against climate change, and make swifter decisions, even if it means removing the requirement for unanimity on certain subjects.

But 12 countries put out a “non-paper” to try to stop such ideas from being accepted.

The document read: “While we do not exclude any options at this stage, we do not support unconsidered and premature attempts to launch a process towards treaty change.

“We already have a Europe that works. We do not need to rush into institutional reforms in order to deliver results.”

Commenting on the move, think tank Facts4eu.org wrote that President Macron’s plans were “marooned”.

Adding: “The growing opposition to the proposed ending of national vetoes in the EU’s institutions shows a deep divide within the EU. Small nations are gathering momentum with more countries – such as Hungary – likely to join the group opposing the moves being led from the European Parliament and arch-federalists like Guy Verhofstadt.

“All of this is happening at a time when the Danish people are deciding if they will give up Denmark’s opt-out from involvement in the EU’s common foreign and defence policies at a referendum to be held on 01 June.

“The difficulty in obtaining consent to change the treaties that establish how the EU operates will not stop the Commission’s attempts to make the changes.

‘It simply means that new ways of working without treaty change will be attempted so that national referenda do not get in the way of the push to federalisation.

“The original problems of rejection to treaties in the past – even by the French electorate – has been avoided by either repeating the votes until ‘the right result’ was obtained or changing the title so the proposal is not called a treaty.

“This rumbling dispute will continue while there is division within the EU over dealing with the Ukraine war and undoubtedly over the Northern Ireland Protocol which is expected to erupt next week.

“With the UK Government establishing greater bilateral links with Sweden and Finland, the propensity for a divided EU continues to grow, making its hopes for becoming a strategic world power all the more unlikely to be realised.”