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Originally posted by Liberal1984
I think, if things get worse the European Union will just be better promoted as the solution to all our problems. The only country likely to leave is Britain, because (as verturally any opinion poll will show you) the British People have been so consistently anti European Parliament that it's only a matter of time years-decades until an opposition may finally represent us.
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Yet all 3 parties (even the Conservatives eventurally) decided against it, and not to replace the referendum question over EU membership itself. So all 3 parties don't support something 92 percent of British people want.
The EU is thoroughly UNdemococratic and is riddled with corruption.
Or their standards of living are dropping in relation to other countries who's standards are rising?
Also, we are in the midst of the worst economic crisis in a century.. you seem to be leaving that out. The UK economy is in trouble, not because of the EU but because of bad financial practices.
Also, the general gist that I have come across in Europe is support of the EU and its role in the world where as the general UK view is the opposite. Ireland seems split down the middle on the matter - Stick with Britain and the US or go with Europe.. English speakers vs the Continent.
And you seem to be making out that the small amount paid by each state to the EU makes a massive difference to their economies and living standards even though they are creating a wider market for product consumption and therefore more income... Its an easy scapegoat but clearly works.
As I said, I know the general English/UK mindset towards the EU and it is generally one of disdain..
but that is not widespread in the rest of the continent. Maybe Britain would be better off leaving the EU but what would it do on its own? Save a few billion a year, de regulate its markets and eventually join the US?
Anyway.. if these things which you said happen, make sure to give me a shout so I can eat the closest hat to me