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Should Britain Leave Europe?

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Started: 6/15/2014 Category: Politics
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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First of all, Britain should have the freedom to restore British customs and traditions - which we currently do not have. In order to have this, we cannot be controlled by other countries such as Brussels. The country would be free from the European Arrest Warrant and we would still be able to trade with Europe, as part of an association of nation states and Imported food from non-EU countries could get cheaper as tariffs are low.

As well as the above, the UK would remain a key part of Nato and the UN Security Council and a nuclear power, with a powerful global voice.

Even at a starting point, these points have just outlined the benefits.


There has been a lot of talk around regarding Britain's EU membership in the recent times. Despite the strong points that were brought up in recent debates about the staying presence of Nick Clegg, the argument of Britian staying in the EU is actually more sensible than you think.

The ideo proposed by many Eurosceptics that Britain could have an 'amicable divorce' as Eleanor Newis says it, from the EU and make like Norway and Sweden is nothing but a pipe dream. Marit Warncke, head of Bergen"s chamber of commerce said in 2012, "We are the most obedient of EU members, rapidly implementing directives to the letter, yet we have no say in them." Norway contributes $340 million a year to the EU, without having membership. Switzerland, has actually reviewed all its parliamentary bills for their EU conformity since 1988.

Apart from this, the "amicable di- vorce" idea is completely bogus, even if Britain declared that the marriage was loveless from the start and left, its exports would still be subject to EU laws. All export tariffs would still apply, and would have to meet EU production standards " only then, Britain would have no say in them. The impact on trade would be considerable " Farage"s "We"re Britain, we can stand out or own two feet" argument is just too idealistic. The EU is the UK"s main trading partner, worth more than $400bn a year - 52% of the total trade in goods and services. So, if we don"t have a say in any of those tariffs, a good portion of our trade will be impacted by laws we aren"t making.

I leave you with that.
Debate Round No. 1


Actually, as a matter of fact, the Economic and trading benefits are very good for England - Europe is no longer the thriving economic club that Britain joined 40 years ago. The euro-zone crisis has exposed the lack of dynamism in much of Europe and after a UK departure from the EU, many European firms, including German car manufacturers BMW and Mercedes, would be desperate to maintain free and open trading links with the UK - more options would be open to the country by standing outside the Single Market, but trying to secure a free trade agreement with the EU, supplemented by co-operation in all areas in which the UK and the EU see joint advantage, including the environment and possibly defence policy.

Another point that I would like to leave with you is the laws that are inflicted upon us: The European Court of Justice made the human rights law: a law that means criminals can be sympathized with because they "feel bad about themselves" and should not be put in prison - it just creates an excuse for crime.


CA: The first paragraph of your argument looks believable but are you able to reference that. Here are my points

If you think about it UKIP"s nationalism is attractive to many, and Cameron"s promise of a referendum to many more. But the argument is becoming clouded by issues like immigration. Without turning this into an expos" on immigration laws, I will say that Mr. Farage should be taken with a large plate of salt, and we should all do some research. Any dangers people see in immigration are not down to the EU " they are, like most things that go wrong, the fault of our own elected politicians. The UK is better off economically inside the EU; yes, they are responsible for some pesky anti-tobacco laws (which I am personally quite offended by) and they do have an unfortunate poster boy in Clegg. Yet it remains that Britain simply could not have the economic privileges it currently enjoys without EU membership.

I understand that most people aren"t too bothered about tariffs and export charges " it"s hardly inspiring stuff . But there are other EU successes which are easy to forget, such as the capping of mobile phone roaming charges, and the rejection of ACTA, which would have severely restricted internet freedom. Let"s not forget financial regulation either; without the EU, bankers could still be getting bonuses above 200% of their salaries. Please, please do some googling be- fore you jump on the anti-EU bandwagon. I know it"s becoming fashionable, but like hot pants and see-through stilettos, it really doesn"t make a lot of sense.
Debate Round No. 2


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Extend. Good luck.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Seeginomikata 2 years ago
For a second there, I read the title and imagined the British Isles detaching themselves from the Eurasian tectonic plate to go run off to the Americas. It's always a little confusing when the name of country is the same as a geographic region.
Posted by realandy008 2 years ago
Here in Britain if we left europe our bussiness mite be hit but if we did leave. it mite be better less europeans coming to the uk food prices mite go down
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