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Cracked EUThe European Union is failing to meet its stated goals. What started as “a project for peace” has been subverted into a quest for ever more centralised power, regardless of the wishes or interests of its citizens. As its strategic failures become ever more obvious dissatisfaction grows. It is doubtful that the EU can survive in its present form much longer.
This blog reveals evidence to show that the EU is on the wrong path. It is run in the interests of a well-connected elite – politicians, administrators, bosses, unions and lobbyists – who are determined to continue on the current path despite the wreckage already created and in prospect. Their only major success has been to convince many people of its high moral purpose and beneficial outcomes. However, many are suffering unnecessary hardship in contradiction of its supposed values.
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On this Home page we review some recent posts and also some we regard as useful background to the debate. We invite (moderated) reader comments – please keep the debate polite.
Summary revised in February 2019

Our conclusion is that in every case the EU has failed to improve on the post-war political and economic structures that preceded it and has undermined better, proven practices. It has created a lop-sided trade system and worsened conditions for many countries and citizens within and beyond its borders. At best it can be said that there are worse systems, and some members have experience of those, but there are also better ones that the EU has failed to emulate or improve upon.

When the UK Government decided to ask voters whether they wished to continue as members we began to examine what had been achieved by the EU and where it would lead. A majority could not see how membership had benefited them or was likely to, so they voted to leave. Had they been asked if they wished to lose their jobs and be poorer they would certainly have answered no. These fears were dramatised but Referendum voters expected the Government to get the best deal it could and manage the consequences. They expected the same at the following General Election, whichever of the main parties they supported; 85% of MPs agreed but most have since prevaricated or reneged on their promises.

Latest Updates  revised in February 2019

In the negotiations for Brexit the EU adopted a fixed position, a mandate, and did not give an inch, or even a centimetre. The UK side responded with bluff over-optimism and a demonstrable lack of comparable competence.

In January Theresa May, Prime Minister for a little longer, put forward a draft (or daft) Withdrawal Agreement, which was trashed by Parliament. As we write she is trying to get it going again but finds herself, once more, between a rock (her Parliament) and a hard place (the European Commission).

In 2018 we looked at some of the issues surrounding the negotiations and delved more deeply into the weaknesses of the EU. In several posts, beginning with Overtime Lords, we challenge some of the themes we read in EU documents, quoting as necessary in support of our arguments.

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    1. Thank you for your comment. I’m not sure what sort of answer you expect to your question though. I have never belonged to a political party. I have taken to social media to protest against the EU for two reasons mainly (and many lesser ones): it is aiming for a supra-national government that cannot be dismissed by its citizens, however it performs, and it continues to obstruct a more community-oriented collaboration among European nations, which might make a better shot at bring economic and other benefits to more people.

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  1. It is not every day one encounters a new Eurosceptic blog site so was wondering what your political history was?

    You can read up my profile on The Harrogate Agenda website.

    Are you yet familiar with The Harrogate Agenda and if you are what are your thoughts on it?

    Finally have you read Flexcit and do you in principle support it?

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    1. I’ve heard of the Harrogate Agenda but not studied it in detail. I like the idea but am concerned at the practicalities of bring it about.
      I’ve dipped into Flexcit and support what I have read.

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      1. Niall, This blog has two authors so I thought I might add my response to my brother’s. As a youngster I was very left wing but, like many others, became aware that we must address the world as it is and not as we wish it were. “For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong,” according to H L Mencken (roughly). Grand designs seldom, if ever, work and are certain to fail if they don’t adapt to evidence and changes in the real world. The EU is further proof of this.
        I agree with you that decisions should be devolved as close to those affected by them as is practical and that competing administrations should lead to innovative solutions providing fair, efficient and effective government. We must be careful that higher-level decisions don’t get hog-tied and then adopt QMV across incompatible interests, as the EU does.
        Further comment on your proposals are more appropriate on your own site. I can’t seem to do this from my smart phone, which is all I have with me this week.
        Nick

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      2. We aim to draw people’s attentions to the fundamental flaws in the EU’s design, how it excludes influence from its citizens and, because of the entrenched ideology, will not be reformed. It performs badly and is sustained only by myths and propaganda. Worst of all it prevents the formation of a useful European community.

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      3. Well as you well know we won the referendum and so the BIG issue now is what happens next and to ensure the Brexit offered is doable in the time available,workable and causes us as little grief as possible. This is of course the aim of the blog EU Referendum where I first came across you and your blog.
        As to the long term future for the continent of Europe (because it is so important to differentiate between the EU and Single Market of 28, the EEA of 32 and Europe of 51 countries) this is covered in Flexcit and ultimately sees an European Economic Space controlled by UNECE in Geneva.
        The more blogs working together to support the above the better.

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      4. Thanks for your comment. I agree that we need as much support as possible during the Brexit negotiations to ensure that there will be no back-sliding towards Remain as things get difficult. They will get difficult because the EU feels it has to defend itself against the risk of contagion and so has to make it seem that the UK is being punished. They have little confidence that their project can hold up on its merits, perhaps because it has so few.
        And, as you say, there are now more important international agencies which could oversee a more democratic and successful European project.

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    1. Thank you for following our blog! Are you in Bulgaria? What do you think of our views of the EU? We are deeply sceptical of the supposed benefits of the EU, mainly because of their ideology of the super-state and the lack of democracy.
      Good luck with your blog; we will keep in touch.
      David

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  2. Just found your blog and hope in the near future to submit my own theory of what is actually happening and why. The evidence I have gathered suggests that ultimately the EU via a joint effort with Islam wishes to either have a shared project of an EU/ Arab alliance with the combined power, resourse and financial capital to compete with the USA and China, or use the same alliance to join a NEW World Order. No doubt the evidence could be interpreted in different ways but it does not negate the facts relating to what is actually happening in Europe. Please let me know if you are interested. I have been trying to get this information in the public domain for a long time but not with great success. I am not an Intellectual or university graduate but investigate the facts via a prism of common sense. I submit that I may have got caught up in my own bubble however your scrutiny of the evidence would be valuable to me even if you do not want to print.

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    1. I’m mildly curious to see your evidence as it seems a big stretch to have the EU conspiring with ‘Islam”. First, many EU member states have a distaste for Moslems and, more generally, for Islam. Second, the EU is an organisation run by people while Islam is the generic title for a religion with many adherents who disagree with one another. Who represents ‘Islam’ in such a conspiracy? Or what Islamic organisation? Third, while I agree that the EU seeks to compete with the US and China, it does so explicitly not subversively. One of their claims for ‘Europe’ is that it needs a federal government to give it the scale it needs to compete. EU leaders push this argument and don’t seem to need any other organisation to join in; they would rather take the power for themselves.

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      1. I will try today to collate the info and send it to you. For now please Google these. Barcelona Declaration when investigating this please click the blue print with the union flag. This opens more pages with icons to click. Not all work but some do. The Mediterranean Agreement is the strategy and the up to date version 2017 although as is the EU, s usual penchant for hiding their agenda in words of reason it is not as overt as the BD. I will send you the original copy of the Isesco Charter as it was too overt and has been replaced with another more pliable document that says the same thing but in a more nuanced way. The IOC document is explained on you tube and worth a watch. The charter of the BD is also explained on you tube. While examining these document the overriding question is: why would Merkel risk her political career, the Eurosceptism and civil unrest of the people by refusing to cap migrant numbers. For the same reason she is unable to form a coalition government. Why is anything relating to Christain heritage being ignored in favour of all things Islam. She is aware of the outrage it will cause if, in the latest episode the ECJ rules that in a particular case Sharia law can overide common
        law. This is the bulk of the info but I will try to submit it to you in an easier form. The BD starts with a Danish person writing to his PM demanding to know about this agreement and the ensuing reply. Thanks for your interest

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