Why **couldn't** the UK leave the EU?

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' obvious.
Please tell me it's not snouts in the trough? :-(
Reply to
The Grey Man
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.
Reply to
Richard McKenzie

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.
Reply to
The Todal
In article , The Grey Man writes
It's definitely not snouts in the trough
Mike, who tells lies occasionally.
Reply to
Michael Swift
In article , snipped-for-privacy@budweiser.com says...
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?
Reply to
Dave
that is not true...the eu puts up considerable tariff walls against 'outsider'
Reply to
abelard
If so, that's an even better reason to leave, so we can stop buying stuff from them. And giving them money for nothing.
Reply to
Basil Jet
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There are no real reasons why we couldn't. They would still want to sell us goods (any "business" would) and they would hardly stop buying from us either if the prices are right.
Reply to
Theodore
I don't know; you can grease a palm with money but it doesn't mean you won't end up reaching for the K-Y.
Reply to
White Spirit

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Reply to
DVH



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Reply to
White Spirit
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It's quite a rare shirt because not long after production started, the workers in the factory refused to print it. I don't know what their problem was.
Reply to
White Spirit

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DVH

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