Comments on: Labour has just shrunk Brexit risks http://blogs.reuters.com/hugo-dixon/2014/03/12/labour-has-just-shrunk-brexit-risks/ Mon, 18 Apr 2016 14:55:08 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: James_L http://blogs.reuters.com/hugo-dixon/2014/03/12/labour-has-just-shrunk-brexit-risks/comment-page-1/#comment-761 Sun, 16 Mar 2014 23:37:58 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/hugo-dixon/?p=759#comment-761 phoen2011 : ‘ We do nt[sp] want to endure another 10 years of English sabotage’

Yes, because if there was no UK in the EU, the crisis in the eurozone would simply vanish.
Honestly, European economic stupidity and petty sneering is out of control.

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By: TocoToucan http://blogs.reuters.com/hugo-dixon/2014/03/12/labour-has-just-shrunk-brexit-risks/comment-page-1/#comment-760 Thu, 13 Mar 2014 13:16:10 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/hugo-dixon/?p=759#comment-760 Quote “An Out vote would put Britain at risk of losing full access to the EU’s single market, with which it conducts almost half its trade”

Isn’t this complete nonsense? From what I hear, around 80% of Britain’s trade is internal; even external trade, most of it is not with Europe, though quite a lot of it passes through the port of Rotterdam on its way elsewhere.

We also import rather more from Europe than we export to it, so it’s very unlikely that the EU would want to impose punitive restrictions, because they’d be hitting their own exports!

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By: thomaslopez http://blogs.reuters.com/hugo-dixon/2014/03/12/labour-has-just-shrunk-brexit-risks/comment-page-1/#comment-759 Thu, 13 Mar 2014 04:28:51 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/hugo-dixon/?p=759#comment-759 We, the British people, never voted to join the EU in its current state- a fiscal and political union where important laws regarding our country are made by unelected beaurocrats in Brussels. We voted to join a common market, nothing else. So every day that passes without a referendum is bad for democracy. I am 23, and many of my young friends feel the same. Suggesting the referendum the British people want and deserve shouldn’t happen is boarderline fascism.

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By: thomaslopez http://blogs.reuters.com/hugo-dixon/2014/03/12/labour-has-just-shrunk-brexit-risks/comment-page-1/#comment-758 Thu, 13 Mar 2014 04:28:46 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/hugo-dixon/?p=759#comment-758 We, the British people, never voted to join the EU in its current state- a fiscal and political union where important laws regarding our country are made by unelected beaurocrats in Brussels. We voted to join a common market, nothing else. So every day that passes without a referendum is bad for democracy. I am 23, and many of my young friends feel the same. Suggesting the referendum the British people want and deserve shouldn’t happen is boarderline fascism.

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By: phoen2011 http://blogs.reuters.com/hugo-dixon/2014/03/12/labour-has-just-shrunk-brexit-risks/comment-page-1/#comment-757 Wed, 12 Mar 2014 23:22:11 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/hugo-dixon/?p=759#comment-757 Nooooooo ! We do nt want to endure another 10 years of English sabotage. If there is no referendum in what will be left of the UK, then we MUST arrange a referendum on the Continent to kick England out anyway.

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By: Bob9999 http://blogs.reuters.com/hugo-dixon/2014/03/12/labour-has-just-shrunk-brexit-risks/comment-page-1/#comment-756 Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:00:11 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/hugo-dixon/?p=759#comment-756 “Holding referendums is only democratic when a big constitutional change is under discussion or when the people demand one.”

Huh? A referendum seems like a pure expression of democracy in its original Athenian sense of government conducted through direct voting by an assembly of all of the people.

Perhaps what is meant is that a referendum may not be republican, in the original Roman sense of government conducted indirectly by the people, through their elected representatives.

Isn’t a referendum the ultimate in retail democracy? And aren’t the decisions made by political partisans engaged in wholesale democracy, catering to a narrow group of people whose financial and institutional support is necessary for the survival of the career politician? The average person (the average member of the demos, which rules in a democracy) probably has no way of discovering the identities of the people whose financial and institutional support is necessary for the survival of the career politician.

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