No political expertise is required to conclude that Britain has been taken to the cleaners by European Union members Germany and France from the day we joined – almost 40 years ago.
We have paid in billions of pounds in inflated membership fees and are the second highest paying member country, yet we have absolutely no say in where a penny (or a euro) of those billions is spent – because we chose not to join the euro. In a union of, they tell us, 27 member countries enjoying equal rights and privileges, Britain’s political, economic and fiscal experience and influence is zero, zilch, non-existent; we are listened to politely and then ignored.
The euro we chose not to join is on its knees and has been for four years. The leaders of the European Union, France and Germany do not have a clue but when they are forced into action of some kind you may be sure that it will favour the 17 Eurozone countries to the clear and obvious detriment of the 10 non-euro members.
None of the hundreds of thousands of gormless, red-tape inducing, business wrecking, and protectionist edicts issued by Brussels since 1973 have helped this country or its economy.
Did you know that we sent a blind man to sign the European Arrest Warrant treaty. The first step to Britain giving up trial by jury and ‘innocent until proven guilty’ How smart was that?
January will be our 40th anniversary in the European Union – can you find a benefit to celebrate that fact?