Should Britain Leave Europe?
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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