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What didn't the EU ever do for us?

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    What didn't the EU ever do for us?

    What did the EU ever do for us?

    "What did the EU ever do for us?
    Not much, apart from: providing 57% of our trade;
    structural funding to areas hit by industrial decline;
    clean beaches and rivers;
    cleaner air;
    lead free petrol;
    restrictions on landfill dumping;
    a recycling culture;
    cheaper mobile charges;
    cheaper air travel;
    improved consumer protection and food labelling;
    a ban on growth hormones and other harmful food additives;
    better product safety;
    single market competition bringing quality improvements and better industrial performance;
    break up of monopolies;
    Europe-wide patent and copyright protection;
    no paperwork or customs for exports throughout the single market;
    price transparency and removal of commission on currency exchanges across the eurozone;
    freedom to travel, live and work across Europe;
    funded opportunities for young people to undertake study or work placements abroad;
    access to European health services;
    labour protection and enhanced social welfare;
    smoke-free workplaces;
    equal pay legislation;
    holiday entitlement;
    the right not to work more than a 48-hour week without overtime;
    strongest wildlife protection in the world;
    improved animal welfare in food production;
    EU-funded research and industrial collaboration;
    EU representation in international forums;
    bloc EEA negotiation at the WTO;
    EU diplomatic efforts to uphold the nuclear non-proliferation treaty;
    European arrest warrant;
    cross border policing to combat human trafficking, arms and drug smuggling; counter terrorism intelligence;
    European civil and military co-operation in post-conflict zones in Europe and Africa;
    support for democracy and human rights across Europe and beyond;
    investment across Europe contributing to better living standards and educational, social and cultural capital.
    All of this is nothing compared with its greatest achievements: the EU has for 60 years been the foundation of peace between European neighbours after centuries of bloodshed.
    It furthermore assisted the extraordinary political, social and economic transformation of 13 former dictatorships, now EU members, since 1980.
    Now the union faces major challenges brought on by neoliberal economic globalisation, and worsened by its own systemic weaknesses. It is taking measures to overcome these. We in the UK should reflect on whether our net contribution of £7bn out of total government expenditure of £695bn is good value. We must play a full part in enabling the union to be a force for good in a multi-polar global future.

    Simon Sweeney,

    Lecturer in international political economy, University of York

    So what didn't it do?

    #2
    Sentiments are broadly fine, however I question where Simon got his stats from.

    "The UK has traditionally had strong trade links with the EU. Despite changes in the composition of the global economy, the EU in 2014 accounted for 44.6% of UK exports of goods and services, and 53.2% of UK imports of goods and services. However, strong economic growth in many developing economies outside the EU has resulted in non-EU economies growing in importance to UK trade, with the proportion accounted for by the EU falling consistently since 1999, despite the value of EU trade increasing."

    Link How important is the European Union to UK trade and investment? - ONS

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      #3
      Originally posted by clearedforlanding View Post
      What did the EU ever do for us?

      :::

      So what didn't it do?
      Nothing that wouldn't have happened anyway and probably better.

      HTH
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        #4
        It is too late. Most brits have no brains beyond immigrants stealing our jobs. Now they will get their jobs in the capacity of toilet cleaners and fruit pickers. Sad to see you go. But there'd be more girls for me. So jog on.

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          #5
          Originally posted by clearedforlanding View Post
          What did the EU ever do for us?

          "What did the EU ever do for us?
          Not much, apart from: providing 57% of our trade;
          structural funding to areas hit by industrial decline;
          clean beaches and rivers;
          cleaner air;
          lead free petrol;
          restrictions on landfill dumping;
          a recycling culture;
          cheaper mobile charges;
          cheaper air travel;
          improved consumer protection and food labelling;
          a ban on growth hormones and other harmful food additives;
          better product safety;
          single market competition bringing quality improvements and better industrial performance;
          break up of monopolies;
          Europe-wide patent and copyright protection;
          no paperwork or customs for exports throughout the single market;
          price transparency and removal of commission on currency exchanges across the eurozone;
          freedom to travel, live and work across Europe;
          funded opportunities for young people to undertake study or work placements abroad;
          access to European health services;
          labour protection and enhanced social welfare;
          smoke-free workplaces;
          equal pay legislation;
          holiday entitlement;
          the right not to work more than a 48-hour week without overtime;
          strongest wildlife protection in the world;
          improved animal welfare in food production;
          EU-funded research and industrial collaboration;
          EU representation in international forums;
          bloc EEA negotiation at the WTO;
          EU diplomatic efforts to uphold the nuclear non-proliferation treaty;
          European arrest warrant;
          cross border policing to combat human trafficking, arms and drug smuggling; counter terrorism intelligence;
          European civil and military co-operation in post-conflict zones in Europe and Africa;
          support for democracy and human rights across Europe and beyond;
          investment across Europe contributing to better living standards and educational, social and cultural capital.
          All of this is nothing compared with its greatest achievements: the EU has for 60 years been the foundation of peace between European neighbours after centuries of bloodshed.
          It furthermore assisted the extraordinary political, social and economic transformation of 13 former dictatorships, now EU members, since 1980.
          Now the union faces major challenges brought on by neoliberal economic globalisation, and worsened by its own systemic weaknesses. It is taking measures to overcome these. We in the UK should reflect on whether our net contribution of £7bn out of total government expenditure of £695bn is good value. We must play a full part in enabling the union to be a force for good in a multi-polar global future.

          Simon Sweeney,

          Lecturer in international political economy, University of York
          Of course none of the above ever happened in Norway, Switzerland or Iceland. In these countries they are starving, living in squalid slums and desperate to join the EU.

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            #6
            That's like saying Hitler made the trains run on time and did wonders for the employment figures
            Socialism is inseparably interwoven with totalitarianism and the abject worship of the state.

            No Socialist Government conducting the entire life and industry of the country could afford to allow free, sharp, or violently-worded expressions of public discontent.

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              #7
              Uk has paid about 1/4 Trillion Pounds in EU "fees" since it joined.

              Wow, we get to recycle stuff and put a cookie notice on our websites for that. Value for money or what!

              Lets all vote in and pay another £250,000,000,000 to be ruled over and laughed at.

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                #8
                Originally posted by DimPrawn View Post
                Of course none of the above ever happened in Norway, Switzerland or Iceland. In these countries they are starving, living in squalid slums and desperate to join the EU.
                Bad examples.

                Norway - got lots of oil.
                Switzerland - got lots of money.
                Iceland - also got lots of money from IceSave...

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by DimPrawn View Post
                  Wow, we get to recycle stuff and put a cookie notice on our websites for that. Value for money or what!
                  This ^^^^ first rational reason to leave EU!

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by AtW View Post
                    Bad examples.

                    Norway - got lots of oil.
                    Switzerland - got lots of money.
                    Iceland - also got lots of money from IceSave...
                    Funny that. All the countries NOT in the EU have lots of money....

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