This blog presents arguments for why the existing EU is ill-designed and bound to fail. We began it in the months leading up to the UK’s Referendum on continuing its membership of the EU, taking a broadly Eurosceptic view. We are continuing it as a review of EU and Brexit news and comment. For a full list of articles click All Posts or visit the monthly archive.
On this Home page we review some recent posts and also some we regard as vital background to the debate. We invite (moderated) reader comments – please keep the debate polite.
To EU-besotted Remainers, Leavers are inward-looking nationalists. Remainers see the EU project as a giant step towards an open-arms approach to the world; a commitment to peace after the global wars our continent has triggered; an engine of enhanced prosperity; a well-spring of social, scientific and environmental advancement. These are the promises, which Remainers believe, choosing not to look carefully at the limited delivery.
The EU is protectionist, the CAP in particular is designed to exclude outsiders. Wars between nations in the EU would no longer be world-wide conflicts but regional, civil wars, made more likely by disastrous overreach (the euro and Schengen). For half its existence, since recovery from WW2, average EU growth has lagged other major trading groups. The welfare of citizens is of little concern in difficult times, at least for the more peripheral countries. The EU’s anti-science bias is repeatedly demonstrated in regulations against drug trials and efficient food production. Its environmental policies are often unrealistic and turned by corporate lobbying into anti-competitive weapons.
More and more citizens are noticing that the EU’s objectives do not serve their interests. They want change but see it won’t happen under the present structures, which are designed to minimise their involvement.
Accepting the PR uncritically defines a faith, or even a cult. Leaving a cult is a betrayal, a blasphemy; escaping without harm cannot be allowed. Remainers’ hopes have been betrayed.
Latest Updates (reviewed 3 April 2017)
With formal notice of the intention to quit (Article 50) having been sent to Brussels, and draft guidelines for negotiators issued in response, we look at some options and challenges the negotiators on both sides will face (Deal, or No Deal and Divorce Guidelines).
The EU itself discussed its own future at a summit meeting in Rome (The Rome Declaration) which also marked and celebrates to 60th anniversary of its founding; the Commission President has put forward options, essentially for different degrees or rates of integration of the 27 and possible future members (Our Commentary on the White Paper and More on the White Paper).
In the UK Brexit has provided a reason or an excuse for Scottish nationalists to demand a second independence referendum, less than three years after the previous “once in a generation” vote was lost (Scotch-it).