The European future that faces is

It is fairly clear, even among Europhiles who want to stay in, what most people object to about the current state of the EU and what they would like to see changed.   The membership fee is uncomfortably large, some £11bn every year.   Free movement of labour works well between countries of similar living standards, but not between countries at very different levels of economic development.   The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and Common Fisheries Policy still take 40% of the entire EU budget, and cause considerable resentment in many countries, including the UK.   Most people, including most businesses, support free trade, but doubt whether the Single Market is worth the bureaucracy it generates.   It is widely felt that the EU is too regulatory and too protectionist.   Not many people in the UK want to see Britain becoming part of a federal United States of Europe, but that’s the direction favoured by many of Europe’s leaders.

Are these aspirations likely to be achieved in the current negotiations?   It seems very unlikely.   There may be a declaration that the UK is not fully tied into the EU goal of ‘ever closer union’.   The benefit entitlements of migrants from the EU to the UK will be restricted further.   There are proposals to strengthen the sovereignty of national parliaments and for the role of the City to be safeguarded against discriminatory EU financial regulation.   But none of this is likely to impact significantly on the concerns that most people have about EU membership, and particularly at a time when the EU is running into deeper difficulties.   The austerity policies to maintain the single currency leave EU living standards, as in the UK, still well below 2007 levels.   The way the Germans treated Greece has heavily undermined the perception of the EU as a force for tolerance and fairness.   Far right parties are on the march across much of the EU and will increasingly put at risk unpopular policies needed to keep the single currency from collapse.

This may explain why the latest polls suggest that 43% of people in the UK wish to leave and only 40% to stay in.   So how is a policy to remain within the EU, which most Labour Party members want, to be combined with renegotiation aims that meet the objections of the majority of British people?   Cameron and Osborne seem only interested in achieving the minimum changes that will persuade a majority of the electorate to vote to stay in.   Nor has the Labour party so far offered a vision much beyond this minimalist goal.   Once a new leader is elected, this must become a top priority.

4 thoughts on “The European future that faces is

  1. Not a pretty picture is it of europe we have no border controls like we use to sacked by government’s tory and the little torys yet we pay in and get a little back but we are now run by them theres no getting away from it whot has being in brought notalot but its killed of wages has you fear of asking for more will get you the sack it was just another way of controlling the masses yet fisheries destroyed by overfishing theres loads more but staying in why iceland norway are outside but still sell without anyado yes its possible to be outside but still deel with them but control no thank you by them perhaps like that great seafood we had plenty of cod it dimishes our control of ourselves like that bent banana ops jeff3

  2. The EU and British politics is dictated by the Neo-Liberal agenda, that is why little change has been proposed. Right wing parties across the political spectrum have driven this agenda at break neck speed, Greece has been the first country to highlight exactly what impact it’s having and that they reject it, the rest of Europe’s leaders have backed the crushing of a small country, that has been a window for ordinary people across Europe to see exactly how the banking system is asset stripping all our countries.

    Resistance is building and people though some are frightened there is an awakening.

    TTIP is the culmination of the Neo-Liberal corporate agenda, once that is in place they think that it’s game over for us and we will all just fall in line and comply to their demands as they know best.

    If TTIP ever becomes law, there will be absolutely no point in staying in the EU, we should of course now be shouting from the roof tops as to why the EU is conducting this legislation, in secret, without democratic oversight.

  3. I liked Mr Corbyns comments re: NATO. A node of sanity in a world reduced to madness. Good for him.

    Events are accelerating; Indeed they are. Satanic gathering building for the despicable UN’s grand Agenda 2030 announcement, complete with your friendly neighbourhood Jesuit Pope, and the NeoLiberal/NeoCon/Bolshevik elites. Nothing to see here says the corporate Met; Move along now.

    As for the EU scam: What is it really? A structure forced upon people by corporate/Bank controlled usurpers of the peoples will. Eric Blairs “Animal Farm” had it right: A “farm” run by Pigs and enforced by the dogs; A stunningly appropriate description of our current status quo, with even a wind generator thrown in if further validation of Orwells’ premise were needed. The EU for me is a Con built by the US/France/Germany, to the end of imposing law harmonisation upon the whole of Europe: That Law emanating primarily from…..Yep, the despicable UN. The ultimate aim of world government by , primarily international banks and corporation is likely embodied within the TTIP/TPP.NAFTA, but also the building Eurasion union. My view is that WW3 is ongoing using weather, scalar, economic, financial warfare alongside the new and immoral assymetric warfare as in Ukraine/Syria/Iraq/Afghanistan. I read somewhere (not yet independently verified) that the US has effectively invaded the Indian Ocean island of Soctoro. The strategic nature of this move is obvious and frightening.

    People are waking? While Quantum Physicists assure us that we are living in a Hologram. Hard to know what is really true anymore. Truth seems irrelevant to the oligarchies in control. Lord of the Flies, indeed.

    Last word. The EU is it seems just a piece in USA’s PNAC strategy for Global domination. The US’s and Britains use of Drones to commit murder show how low we have sunk.

    Like the Eagles’ song: Long Road Out of Eden. But is there a way back?

  4. Michael, you missed the biggest objection to the EU: it’s centrist and anti-democratic. The European Commission cook up a progam of legislation between the Commissioners and member states’ governments; the European Parliament can’t propose legislation.
    The enlargement of the EU was nodded through without debate in the member countries and was completed on terms that suited the rich members but did little to assist the structural reforms that would be needed in, for example, the former Eastern European states that carried the relics of an inappropriate and inefficient command economy.
    I don’t want to drift too far, but much of the EU regulations that are criticised would have to be substituted if we were to leave the EU, since they regulate international standards of goods for sale ~ just throwing the EU ones out as unnecessary would leave an open breach, so many of the opjections on those grounds are nonsense.

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