Ancient laws, concepts, paradigms, ways of living that have, over centuries, become part of our lives.
All are to be swept away at midnight tonight, as the Lisbon Treaty comes into force. Remember the Lisbon treaty?
The one Gordon Brown signed, covertly, almost secretly, after all the other signatories had gone home.
The one he signed after breaking his and his party's promise to give us a referendum.
The one the Irish signed after - in spite of having had a referendum and voted 'No' - a second referendum got the 'right' answer, the answer the Eurocrats wanted.
And at midnight tonight, the final bolt slides home, and the door is locked. We're in. We're bound by the treaty. And that means some of our own inconvenient little traditions have to go.
The excellent Captain Ranty has made a little list, from which CF borrows extensively, below. By all means read his list, but be warned: it will - or it fucking well should - piss you off, mightily.
So, what are we losing? What's being taken away? Well, among other things:
Habeas corpus ad subjiciendum. Until today, no-one could lock you up without having a lawful reason to do so. Today, for the last time, if you believe that you have been incarcerated and no evidence supports that incarceration, you can demand a Writ of Habeas Corpus from the court. Tomorrow - when Habeas Corpus is gone - you could be incarcerated for up to eight months without charge.
Courts de jure : "courts by jury": as the clock strikes midnight tonight, your right to be judged by a jury of your peers disappears.
The dear old five pound note: according to the Treaty, "All member states must use a single currency". And it's not going to be fucking Sterling, now, is it?
Innocence until proven guilty. From tomorrow morning you, 'the accused', are guilty until you can prove your innocence. Instead of having to convince '12 good men and true' that you are innocent, you now have to prove to one man - the judge - that you are not guilty.
Sovereignty. Under the EU our sovereignty is dead and buried. No more English, no more Scots, no more Irish, no more Welsh. We are all 'European' tomorrow.
Democracy. When you wake up on Tuesday morning, we will have given away this method of rule, swapped it for an oligarchy. Our new rulers in Europe are not elected, they are selected. We had no say in whether or not Blair became President, and none of us chose Baroness Whatsit of Nonentity to be Head of Whateveritis, did we? None of us had even heard of her, much less voted for her. Expect more - much more - of the same.
If you're not yet filled with either boiling rage or abject terror, perhaps you should look very carefully at this, the most chilling statement from Captain Ranty:
"Legally, I could not have said any of this after midnight ... To criticise the EU becomes a crime then."
How in the name of fuck did we come to this?