Talk about over simplified spin.
Matthew Tysoe - Wellingborough, England
Sorry, but you need to do better than this flippant list of assertions. You do nothing here to show any connection between EU membership as it currently is designed and any of the the advantages you set out. Nor do you demonstrate that leaving the EU or renegotiating our position will cost us any of these advantages.
The problem with the the UK's EU membership is that there is a disconnect between membership and its costs - with the supposed economic advantages. The truth is that most of what the UK wants she can either provide for herself by leaving her borders open to trade and migrants, or under the umbrella of the World Trade Organisation.
The costs of UK membership constantly mounting with ever more regulation as well as direct costs, while the returns are diminishing. There is an argument about where exactly the two will pass each other and the UKs membership will go 'into the red', but we are certainly nearly there - if not already so. The EU's net benefit to the UK economy is somewhere between +1 per cent of gross domestic product and -1 per cent of GDP, on a downward trend. The Commonwealth just overtook the EU on GDP and the Anglosphere beckons. Meanwhile, the EU constantly tries to impose a fake identity on the British people; thereby leaving us feeling alienated and angry.
At the same time, it seeks to undermine our common law and replace it with alien civic law. And always it wants more money and more power. The EU needs to understand that the British do not think much of it and want less of it. We want an economic relationship built upon trade only and we want out of everything else. Best of luck to you. You will always be our friends and trade partners, but we will never identify with you.
There is nothing in our hearts for the EU. We will always look to the sea and to our sister nations across the globe where our heart lies. Our relationship must bend or break. It is better that we all seek to refashion it together through good will.
700islands - UK
I agree wholeheartedly with Matthew Tysoe but have an additional point to make that is not 'priced' in the balance sheet of EU membership: the plutocrats of the EU are anti-democratic at their core. The single main aim of the EU institutions is to enhance their power, not the democratic power of the people of Europe.
There can be no true democracy within a federal Europe, the clear aim of Brussels, until there is a common language so that there is real freedom of movement and that will never happen. For the French would not allow it unless the language were French, which would be patently absurd.
CH - London, England
All this flannel might be right but give the public what they want, a referendum. Then we who have to suffer the downside of it - we can decide yeh or ney. I'm sure responsible adults can vote for the best way forward.
Vaughan James - Birmingham, Great Britain, not the EU
This is a conglomeration of seemingly incongruous statements of which I doubt their is any substance to actual fact. In reality, their has been little consultation with the British electorate as to this evolving superstate we have drifted into. Governments seem to feel they have an automatic mandate, upon election, to form or dissolve associations with international powers that have substantial consequence upon those who elect them. That power should be limited without a referendum.
Immigration has had a major impact upon not only our infrastructure but our inherent culture. I bet that more have come here than Britons have migrated to the Europe - correct? To me that is an issue, as I pay for it, I would like to have been consulted on as a separate issue.
Taylor - London, UK, taxpayer
EU? What a travesty of corruption. They havent signed off their accounts for their budget for nearly 20 years and dont get me started on the anti-motorbike legislation they try to get through by falsifying safety reports. We are better off out. Reclaim our national waters and restart trade with growing economies.
Andrew Lippitt - Newbury, UK
Oh ha ha ha haaaa. At the title. I've no doubt he has - question is - is it acurate or is it full of discrepancies or just good old fashioned holes.
"The continuing functioning of the single currency" are you attempting humor? Because its bearly functioning at all; countries are now in more debt than they have ever been before.
They called the people conspiracy theorists that talked about it and now, as we see, it's coming to pass. if you think that a one world government is good - go ask the Mayans, Romans, Babylonians or Egyptian Pharaohs. Oh wait, you cant because their civilisations crumbled and fell from within.
Woderwick - UK
None of the above get it, do they.
Schadenfreude (himself) - PublicServiceEurope.com
Thankfully, no. All you need to do to cut through the self-deluding spin that EU institutions try to convince themselves of is to talk to someone with no involvement in EU politics, and witness their utter bemusement.
James - Brussels
The British people are increasingly sick to the back teeth of the pro-EU propaganda and outright lies fed to us for over 40 years. Ever increasing costs. Ever increasing bail-out demands. Ever decreasing fish stocks. Ever increasing insane regulations. Ever increasing immigrants without a chance of standing on their own feet.
The time is coming when apathy is pushed aside, and disobedience erupts with us, the people, against them, the politicians. Then we'll see who is for the EU. These traitors to the British People will get their due. And it won't be pretty. Not least for the wholesale gifting of the public's powers they signed away to Brussels, without once consulting those in whose name they pretend to serve.
Steve K - UK, not EU-SSR
"None of the above get it, do they. Schadenfreude (himself)." Nope. Satire is wasted, on the brain-dead.
JAFO - Melbourne, Australia