Comments on: Tories on collision course with EU Wed, 16 Nov 2016 01:37:11 +0000 hourly 1 By: Daniel Mon, 27 Jul 2009 17:07:00 +0000 Switzerland seems to have it about right – central within Europe, yet somehow not inside the EU, but has plenty of trade with the EU whilst not handing over any power to the EU. I can’t see us Brits managing to wangle things quite like the Swiss have though.

But the worst thing I’d fear about leaving the EU is that we’d end up with Washington having an increasing influence on UK policy. At least the EU will sometimes place health and the environment above its business interests, unlike (it appears) the US.

Nevertheless, I hate the fact that we’re still funding the ridiculous Common Agriculture Policy.

By: james graham Fri, 24 Jul 2009 11:25:56 +0000 Why do commentators etc make the Eu issue so complicated

What the British public would accept is a trading agreement with the EU and total home contol over all other issues such as education,finance and defence.

By: Matthew Duckworth Fri, 24 Jul 2009 10:15:15 +0000 The usual scaremongering by the pro-European lobby. The British cannot and should not be reconciled with Europe because Europe is a busted flush, costing us billions every year for very little benefit, and posing the greatest danger to our self-governance and way of life since Hermann Goering looked through his binoculars at the white cliffs of Dover. None of our trading partners in the EU would suddenly stop trading with us just because we weren’t on the same disastrous path to a centralised megastate run by an unelected and corrupt bureaucratic elite in Brussels. Why would they? To do so would harm them as much as us ((and in some cases more than us).

Why does “pacta sunt servanda” not apply to the promise of a referendum? Bring it on!

By: rhoops Fri, 24 Jul 2009 09:07:06 +0000 Europe gained it’s primacy in the world throught the positive effects of claustrophobic independent nation states bickering, fighting, and the competitive economic dynamism necessary to stay the pace in this environment.

All that is being thrown by the ignorance of career politicians and bureacrats demanding centralisation and rationalisation. Apparently the spirit of Napoleon, Hitler and Stalin still lives on in ‘Europe’ though.

Oh well, as per bloody usual its the duty of us Brits (10 years ahead and 100 years behind, as the M’sieur rightly recognises) to show the way forward to the rest of that lot across the moat…

Of course, since the great ‘centralisers’ of the past- primarily the socialist ones, murdered about 120 million Europeans all told, there’s a fair degree of self preservation involved in this argument too.

By: DIDIER JAMBERT Thu, 23 Jul 2009 21:28:48 +0000 well mr cameron talk as usual on the top of his head.Every person who works in politics knows that this idiocraty of not be part of europe is no-sense.that will may be attract british voters for the next election but will damage the position of britain in europe.60% of our trade is in europe.Imagine to undermine that situation and you can add another 2 millions people on the dole queue.Even Thatcher understood that and sign MAASTRICH in 1985.

By: Siddiq Thu, 23 Jul 2009 06:44:51 +0000 It wouldn’t surprise if the UK looses its respect and leadership in the EU if Cameron wins the next general elections.
Cameron has said many things solely for winning the elections; it would be very hard for him to implement most of his policies on the EU if he becomes the next prime minister.
The UK needs the EU more than they need us, especially during the financial crisis the world is experiencing. And on the other side both the German and the French are looking for a chance to isolate and minimize the role of the UK in the EU and Carmon would be the best chance they can have a go at.
We need to stay well clear of the conservatives; if we want a more prosperous United Kingdom.