Europe does have bigger role to play

York Press: Nigel Farage Nigel Farage

UKIP are right to say that the EU is not just a common market. It doesn’t help that big businesses are queuing up to tell us to stay in the EU simply because it benefits jobs and trade.

The EU is about far more than that. Its origins are in the embers of the Second World War and the determination that Europe must move on from centuries of war and reinvent itself. It is now unimaginable that France and Germany could go to war.

It is about a recognition that our cultures and our shared geography present us all with opportunities to pool our resources to serve our common interests.

Pollution does not respect borders, the fish of the North Sea do not stay within one nation’s coastal waters, criminals do not feel obliged to operate within one country, natural disasters can strike any one of us and leave us in need of outside assistance, access to energy can compromise our security.

For those reasons and many others we choose to be together because together we are stronger. Yes, our membership is about jobs but the EU is about more than that.

Christian Vassie, Blake Court, Wheldrake, York.

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2:48pm Fri 28 Mar 14

York Fox says...

Yes, it's about dictatorship and our laws made by unelected gravy-train riders who are completely unaccountable to any of Europe's electorate. I believe in democracy therefore it is impossible to believe in the EU. I also believe in celebrating the wonderful, curious and fascinating differences between our nations. We have different beliefs and characters, and that is not something to be erased and ashamed of.
Yes, it's about dictatorship and our laws made by unelected gravy-train riders who are completely unaccountable to any of Europe's electorate. I believe in democracy therefore it is impossible to believe in the EU. I also believe in celebrating the wonderful, curious and fascinating differences between our nations. We have different beliefs and characters, and that is not something to be erased and ashamed of. York Fox
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3:45pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Thecynic says...

Undoubtedly there needs to be some reforms in the EU, most wouldn't disagree with that. However as the vast majority of EU Laws passed cover such things as citizens welfare and rights, health and safety, and employment law rather than criminal law, then rather than the inference of many, that the EU laws actually govern us, they actually (mainly) seek to make the citizens of all Countries equal. (by giving them the same rights as those of other member Countries) We need to be very careful and very sure, before we decide either way.

One thing to note is this, the employment laws that are passed by the EU, (laws that were designed to protect the hard working individual) otherwise known as 'Red Tape', cost the large companies in this Country a great deal of money - That's a fact!
The laws (generally), are not written or designed so that businesses and millionaires can make 'extra' money by taking advantage of the hard working people of any state.

Isn't it strange then? That these same large companies and millionaires, (who could save a great deal of money by withdrawing from EU Regulation) prefer to remain in the EU? Surely that in itself speaks volumes, that these professional, highly experienced company directors/owners prefer to have higher costs, (by way of having to implement new workers rights etc) and stay in the EU, rather than saving costs, (by doing away with some of the costly workers rights enshrined in EU Law) and quitting the EU altogether.
Undoubtedly there needs to be some reforms in the EU, most wouldn't disagree with that. However as the vast majority of EU Laws passed cover such things as citizens welfare and rights, health and safety, and employment law rather than criminal law, then rather than the inference of many, that the EU laws actually govern us, they actually (mainly) seek to make the citizens of all Countries equal. (by giving them the same rights as those of other member Countries) We need to be very careful and very sure, before we decide either way. One thing to note is this, the employment laws that are passed by the EU, (laws that were designed to protect the hard working individual) otherwise known as 'Red Tape', cost the large companies in this Country a great deal of money - That's a fact! The laws (generally), are not written or designed so that businesses and millionaires can make 'extra' money by taking advantage of the hard working people of any state. Isn't it strange then? That these same large companies and millionaires, (who could save a great deal of money by withdrawing from EU Regulation) prefer to remain in the EU? Surely that in itself speaks volumes, that these professional, highly experienced company directors/owners prefer to have higher costs, (by way of having to implement new workers rights etc) and stay in the EU, rather than saving costs, (by doing away with some of the costly workers rights enshrined in EU Law) and quitting the EU altogether. Thecynic
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3:52am Sat 29 Mar 14

Magicman! says...

natural disasters can strike any one of us and leave us in need of outside assistance

... so where was this 'outside assistance' then in the last few months when most of the southern UK was under water??
[quote]natural disasters can strike any one of us and leave us in need of outside assistance[/quote] ... so where was this 'outside assistance' then in the last few months when most of the southern UK was under water?? Magicman!
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9:06am Sat 29 Mar 14

Thecynic says...

The 'outside assistance' that we so desperately needed earlier on this Year is available to every member state of the EU. It is/was up to the UK Government to apply for it. If they don't apply then they don't receive it.

This fund is known as the EU Solidarity Fund, and is designed to deliver help to any member state in the event of flood, forest fires, storms etc.
You can find more about it here:
http://ec.europa.eu/
regional_policy/thef
unds/solidarity/inde
x_en.cfm

To date the UK have only applied to the fund for help once, that was in June 2007, (again for flooding) and the UK was awarded 162.3 million euros. This is the highest payout to date for one incident in any one Country.

It is interesting to note that the UK Governments in general, don't usually apply for help when natural disasters strike their own people. However they are among the first and most generous of providers, when it comes to sending money, goods or assistance to other Countries Worldwide.
The 'outside assistance' that we so desperately needed earlier on this Year is available to every member state of the EU. It is/was up to the UK Government to apply for it. If they don't apply then they don't receive it. This fund is known as the EU Solidarity Fund, and is designed to deliver help to any member state in the event of flood, forest fires, storms etc. You can find more about it here: http://ec.europa.eu/ regional_policy/thef unds/solidarity/inde x_en.cfm To date the UK have only applied to the fund for help once, that was in June 2007, (again for flooding) and the UK was awarded 162.3 million euros. This is the highest payout to date for one incident in any one Country. It is interesting to note that the UK Governments in general, don't usually apply for help when natural disasters strike their own people. However they are among the first and most generous of providers, when it comes to sending money, goods or assistance to other Countries Worldwide. Thecynic
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12:50pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Badgers Drift says...

It's time to get out - bring on the referendum !
It's time to get out - bring on the referendum ! Badgers Drift
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1:15pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Yorkshine1 says...

Magicman! wrote:
natural disasters can strike any one of us and leave us in need of outside assistance

... so where was this 'outside assistance' then in the last few months when most of the southern UK was under water??
The 'outside assistance' was refused by the government as it didn't further their political agenda, and they are running scared of UKIP.
[quote][p][bold]Magicman![/bold] wrote: [quote]natural disasters can strike any one of us and leave us in need of outside assistance[/quote] ... so where was this 'outside assistance' then in the last few months when most of the southern UK was under water??[/p][/quote]The 'outside assistance' was refused by the government as it didn't further their political agenda, and they are running scared of UKIP. Yorkshine1
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