I don’t buy Any of the Arguments for Brexit
“Immigrants, waaaa!” Most of Britain’s migrants come from outside the EU, and under most Brexit scenarios in which the UK retains access to the Single Market, we’d accept free movement. Like the Norwegians. So I don’t think #Brexit would have much effect on immigration, unless it caused an economic catastrophe.
“The EU is open in its plans for a Superstate“…. and this has been a dream of the more starry-eyed official and Europolitician since its inception, but this has been resisted by… all its nation-state members. The Eurozone may yet become a superstate, if the Germans can be persuaded to allow fiscal transfers to Greece. I’m not holding my breath. As for the UK, we can leave at any time, if the dastardly plot to take over the British army becomes any more than a pipe-dream of a few Brussels eurocrats. An EU superstate, even one which the UK is not a part of, would be harmful to British interests. Staying in, we can continue to prevent it happening.
It is also worth giving some thoughts as to what is going on in the USA Presidential campaign where Donald Trump is loudly proclaiming his intention (if elected) to set up strong US protection barriers. It is conceivable at a minimum that any other Republican will follow a similar policy and, as this seems to strike a chord with a large portion of the electorate, the Democrats may not be able to resist a similar platform. Put simply this is not a good time to posture about the UK's ability to stand alone and negotiate free trade deals.
What about… sovereignty?
All superb points – I get it it: but dear God, the one overarching thing I hate about the EU is that it's a strictly top down institution. Have a look on Spiked Online for the counter argument as they make a strong point.
I've always disliked this project, and have consistently smelled the whiff of stale fish (what am I writing??) off this turgid, easily solvable bloated crime-scene of a bureaucracy.
OL.. I', going to bed, great points, but I really hate the way that left leaning types generally dislike capitalism, but happily say: 'economy wheee!!' when it comes to foreigners…
Nice to see somebody actually make an argument for staying in the EU rather than just scaremongering.
I actually disagree with a lot of what you say. I don't believe we're either better off in or out and I certainly don't want to join the Euro (yes I know we're not being asked to – yet) or carry on with unrestricted immigration. It's border control and red tape that I think we'd be better off without.
I'll be voting to leave – but the campaign has a long way to go yet and needs to concentrate on the issues rather than scaremongering and bullying. The Eu is dying and I don't want Britain to die with it.
I disagree with just about everything you say, and most especially about Brexit diminishing the EU. It's share of world GDP is dropping and has been dropping since 1973. Then is was 26%, now, its less than 20%. So much for the world's largest customs union – because that is what is (It's not a market) Moreover if you think that the EU has aided peace in Europe then I have a Louis XVI DVD player to sell you. Croatia? Bosnia?
You forget that the UK is the world's 5th largest economy, it is a member of G8, G20 and NATO. It is also a permanent member of the UN security council. We are hardly going to be isolated.
However it's the one subject that you don't mention that is the most important of all – Sovereignty. You are either sovereign or you are not (and currently we are not). Be aware that should we remain in the EU, the status quo will not be maintained. You can be pretty sure that Herr Druncker will insist that we implement a full range of measures, and all to our detriment.
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