The 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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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.