Comments on: EU would also be harmed by Brexit Mon, 18 Apr 2016 14:55:08 +0000 hourly 1 By: celtthedog Mon, 30 Jun 2014 17:12:53 +0000 Unfortunately none of the above addresses the fundamental divide between Britain and the continent: less than 20% of the British public want more political integration with Europe and over 80% want less.

Among Europe’s elites, that number is reversed.

These views are in complete opposition and neither side is going to give way.

The odds of Britain STAYING in the EU are about 20%

By: jrpardinas Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:26:56 +0000 The EU has failed its people both economically and politically.

Economically, it is impotent to secure a path to fuller employment and increased prosperity over much of its territories.

Politically, it has become a tool of American global military empire. The stranglehold of the Right/Left Washington neocons establishment on European foreign policy is likely to lead to a major war in our lifetime.

British civilization is too sophisticated and too distinguished to be dragged into that cesspool. They should get out while they can.

By: MrRFox Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:56:25 +0000 Sort of right on the diagnosis, but so very off the mark on the prescription –

Brexit carries only a minimal risk of any significant deterioration in the terms of trade between the UK and the EU. Not plausible that UK would have less favorable trading status than the US has now, which UK can easily tolerate IMO. Also, …

If UK departs that puts both more financial pressure on the creditor-states that remain, and will likely inspire others to start asking why they stick around. Doubly so as the parliamentary voting-strength of the leftish-debtor-Catholic-South is magnified by the loss of UK votes, and more wealth transfers from North to South are enforced. Brexit could plausibly prove to be Act-I in the unraveling of the EU.

Since UK is now possibly on the path to ‘exit’, it seems improper for it to be angling for top spots in the bureaucracy. IMO Cameron should propose no one from the UK for any position – that display of detachment will send a frisson of fear through Merkel and quite a few others, and make it clear to the EU pols that Davey isn’t bluffing or half-hearted – ‘this is for real’ would be the message sent and received.

By: thorpy63 Mon, 30 Jun 2014 09:55:30 +0000 I really don’t think anyone cares anymore we just want an end with it & will get on with what we have to afterwards but at least we wont have woody woodpecker banging off the side of our heads 24/7 issuing imbecilic diktats that may be relevant to a country in the South Med but totally pointless to the UK such case in point being water directives