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 17 July 2017)
The Brexit negotiations have started, with the UK team under David Davis conceding that Phase 1 must show “satisfactory progress” before discussions on future relations with the EU will begin. Much ink and hot air are being spilt on possible outcomes and we review some of the issues in Betting on Brexit? (on economists and their forecasts) and The Withdrawal Method (on the EU’s mandate for the negotiations).
In a digression we look at some similarities and differences among the relations between the UK and the EU and those between Hong Kong and China (Comparative Studies).
Shorties-10 covers, in brief, the blame game, free trade, bullying, citizens’ rights and planning.
Most recently we look at two issues that go to the heart of the EU’s limitations. Standard Confusion revisits ever-closer-union and attempts to impose uniformity across the EU, while To See, or Not to See? exposes the EU’s failure to curb the excesses of lobbying.