Some Brits here claim they "didn't vote for the EU".
A shame for them, then, that so many of their compatriots did
, by voting for a Conservative Party with a pro EEC membership "negotiate &
join" manifesto in the 1970 general election. And by voting "YES" in the 1975 post legislative referendum. And they've consistently elected
governments since which are pro-EEC & pro-EU. Other claim that the EEC was different, somehow, than what we've got today in the EU. I don't see why
they think in those terms, the preamble to the EEC that UK joined in 1973 said as follows, it's very explicit ...
to preserve peace and liberty and to lay the foundations of an ever closer union among the peoples of Europe
And it was designed to fulfill that object via common policies on trade, transport, agriculture, customs, tariffs & employment law.
Thats what the EEC was. If it's frontiers have expanded into other policy areas, it's been done by the absolute consent of British political
leaders, their parties, their governments & above all the British electorates over the last 40 years,
You'd think the clever clogs here might actually have thought, you know what ... I might vote for a party which is AGAINST EU membership. And some
do. But most don't. They'll still vote for the pro-EU Labour & pro-EU Conservative parties.
And another thing. It's very amusing to see that those here who claim to hate illegitimate unions ... i.e. the EU ... they're the very same ones who
will use their opponent's arguments when it comes to that other illegitimate union ... the union which makes up the United Kingdom itself.
I don't remember ever seeing the result of the 1706 Scottish referendum on formation of the United Kingdom. And that's because there wasn't one.
The United Kingdom itself was created not by a public vote, it was created by Parliamentarians of two nations who made that decision to join on behalf
of their constituents, much in the same way which characterises Britian's relationship with the EEC/EU even today. There wasn't any public vote to
create the United Kingdom ... instead there was widespread rioting throughout Scotland when that deal was done & those Scots who signed that treaty
had to flee to the countryside undercover. Although I bet that latter point is rarely heard in an English history classroom.
It's hypocrisy to weep and wail about "not having the vote" when your own country UK was founded without a popular vote, and where you have a
parliamentary system which allows such things to occur.