A genuine question that's been puzzling me for days.
You subscribe to an organisation which costs you billions of pounds a
year and yet enjoy no apparent peripheral benefits.
Australia and New Zealand, for example, seem to manage quite well
without the burdens of the EU albatross around their collective necks
- you can buy a German car, a Korean tv, a Finnish mobile, a Swedish
microwave, a French computer without any difficulty in Sydney,
Melbourne or Auckland.
So what **exactly** is preventing us from leaving the EU?
A genuine question from someone puzzled as to why highly paid
politicians can't seem to see, to quote Basil Fawlty, the bleedin'
Please tell me it's not snouts in the trough? :-(
The argument is that 40% of our exports go to the EU. But i agree i
dont see it as a problem for leaving. The only benefit i see with the
EU is the harmonisation of acquisition and removel documents for
buying and selling within the EU fiscal area. And some of the lawsi.e
consumer protection and minimum wage.
No, it's not snouts in the trough. It's just that as a nation we'd be far
poorer, have fewer export markets and a far lower standard of living if we
left the EU. But the government cannot possibly tell us so, because that
would be like admitting that we are a fourth-rate nation with no empire
left, and the public likes to cling to its illusions.
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Absolutely no reason whatsoever why we shouldn't leave europe. Lots of
countries trade with europe perfectly well without being in the EU and I
believe we should too. Now, whether the other member states would then
spit their dummies out and refuse to do business with us for choosing to
leave, who knows?