This is one of the most difficult subjects to blog about or discuss in on-line political forums. There are always enough ardent supporters to get you bored. They want the UK to quit and have a free trade area with the EU and would not listen to your arguments about why this is not such a simple and good idea.
The Economist blogs about it in a brilliant way. Worth a read certainly, here the main part:
“Oddest of all is the number of Eurosceptics who insist that they are arguing on behalf of business, and trying to ensure the best possible conditions for free trade for British exporters. And that, it seems, involves taking a gamble on the rules for continued access to a market of 450m odd consumers, next door to Britain.”
3 thoughts on “Britain and the EU – a brilliant post by the Economist”
The Eurosceptics in the United Kingdom are complete wackos. There really is no other way of saying it. They argue that we should become more like Switzerland or Norway, seemingly blithely ignorant that those countries must accept almost every bit of European legislation without any say in how it is made. I fear their real agenda is to turn Britain into the 51st State of the USA.
James, you’re right to a certain extent. I think in some cases they do have a bit of a point. EU is a particular political system, sometimes a different planet…The problem is they don’t get the real value of it and don’t offer absolutely any alternative but the free trade area they so much like to advocate.
But you have to admit they’re persistent. No way to beat them in the number of on-line posts. Just take a look at the Commissioner Wallstrom blog.
I find it quite amusing to taunt UK Eurosceptics with the idea of becoming another Norway. It aint much fun (or indeed more sovereign) to have to put in place all that EU legislation (EEA relevant, i.e. single market) but not have a say in drafting it. I guess that’s what our former partners in the EU would make us do to gain access to our precious free trade area.
Alas, once you argue with a Eurosceptic you tend to unmask that their position is based on emotion more than anything else. As such, to win the argument we (the pro-Europeans in Britain) have to get over the idea that “educating” the masses or indeed the media about the EU will win the argument. An emotional case needs to be made.