Comments on: The EU speech Cameron should make Mon, 18 Apr 2016 14:55:08 +0000 hourly 1 By: RickPeters10 Tue, 08 Jan 2013 07:08:22 +0000 If the EU was only about trade then there would be no real reason for the Union. Trade agreements and a functioning International Trade Court would keep a level playing field (eventually). And unless there is a complete fiscal union I do not believe that the benefits of a single currency outweigh its weaknesses.

However, the EU project is not just an economic union. It was a plan with a key objective of integration as a means of stopping the seemingly endless history of european conflict. If that objective is paramount, then of course there will need to be significant compromises of national interest by all parties.

If one considers the EU project as an alternative to european countries at war with each other, then the battles are now being fought in Brussels and it would be very unwise for Britain to leave that theatre.

By: Bob9999 Mon, 07 Jan 2013 22:48:44 +0000 Britain shares the anti-Americanism that has been so popular in Europe during the post-WWII period, an anti-Americanism that is largely based on fiction. But it is undeniable that Britain has consistently done much better with the United States than it has done with continental Europe.

By: Dafydd Mon, 07 Jan 2013 16:04:37 +0000 A well argued case. But it would take a real leader with real balls to put this before the country.

Cameron ain’t it. He won’t even put it before his cabinet. Never mind his party.

By: white_wolfe Mon, 07 Jan 2013 14:39:25 +0000 The same rules that apply to UK (out of the Euro) apply to Germany (in Euro) or Sweden (out of the Euro). Yet both countries are far more competitive than UK and trade much more with India, Brazil or China.
Blame the EU brigade (or in your case partially) is made of deranged and delusional Tories that believe that once Free of EU the UK will conquer world markets with their world class products and servcies.
I am sure the Canadians and Aussies (Commonwealth/ex-Empire) are dying to start buying Rovers (instead of VW, Toyota). Watch out SAMSUNG, GE, BOSCH – here comes Lucas with their cutting edge fridges!!!
The World is dying to watch Hollyoaks and West End!!! Take that Hollywood!!!
Let’s just hope that more Oil and Gas is found in North Sea – otherwise UK will be back in the 70s but with better food and internet

By: Willvp Mon, 07 Jan 2013 13:42:58 +0000 Stay independent in some form or being dragged into the abyss, you mean ?