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EU controls

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WHEN the EU was set up, its main aim was to encourage trade between member nations. Since the EU has have lost sight of this aim, become more powerful, more greedy and become a gravy train for its MEPs.

The recent European elections have shown how unhappy voters are with the way it is being run. The EU acknowledged this and promised to look at ways of improving things.

So what did they do? They straight away asked for an increase of £3.8 billion to its budget, of which £500 million would come from the UK and this request is from an organisation whose auditors have refused to sign off on an audit for 19 years.

David Cameron says, if elected at the next General Election, he will renegotiate the terms of our membership and then ask the country if they wish to stay in the EU.

Public opinion and the popularity of UKIP in the recent elections has indicated that only a straight in or out vote will satisfy the voters; and whoever is elected to run the country will do just that and not be told what to do by Brussels or Strasbourg.

We elect a government to run the country for us; not Europe.

A P Cox, Heath Close, Holgate, York.

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12:54pm Mon 2 Jun 14

/kev/null says...

In such a period of economic decline, it seems suicidal to propose that we voluntarily leave the largest free market in the world.

I understand that some old people get scared when they hear someone in the street speaking a foreign language, but is that a good enough reason to condemn yourself and the rest of us to a future of poverty?
In such a period of economic decline, it seems suicidal to propose that we voluntarily leave the largest free market in the world. I understand that some old people get scared when they hear someone in the street speaking a foreign language, but is that a good enough reason to condemn yourself and the rest of us to a future of poverty? /kev/null
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8:01pm Mon 2 Jun 14

ColdAsChristmas says...

/kev/null 'A future of poverty? We have food banks and a growing number of people in fuel poverty now and child poverty also is on the rise.
The millions a day we give to help run the EU will go a long way to solving those problems. Indeed, EU and Ed Miliband carbon target abolition will also reduce energy costs for us.
Trade will not stop with anyone, as it is we are now only 1/28th of the say so, some influence!
/kev/null 'A future of poverty? We have food banks and a growing number of people in fuel poverty now and child poverty also is on the rise. The millions a day we give to help run the EU will go a long way to solving those problems. Indeed, EU and Ed Miliband carbon target abolition will also reduce energy costs for us. Trade will not stop with anyone, as it is we are now only 1/28th of the say so, some influence! ColdAsChristmas
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11:32pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Thecynic says...

The problem with having a referendum is that it isn't really going to be representative. As we have seen many times in the past from other election turnouts, almost two thirds of the population don't even bother to turn out to vote, people are sick and tired of politics and politicians, so they just close their eyes and ears and ignore it.
There really has to be some sort of change to ensure that the majority of the electorate actually vote, similar to the regulations brought in for unions whereby if a certain percentage of the members don't vote, then the result is void. Now if some sort of system like that were introduced? Just maybe, the politicians would try a little harder to explain to the people just what was involved. Instead, we get the odd spot on TV, a bit in the newspapers, (which is usually biased one way or another) and a few vocal points in comments pages like these from 'armchair experts'. Not really conducive to encourage the vast majority to vote methinks.
Regarding the millions of pounds we send to Europe every day, at least we see some sort of return on it, unlike the 1 billion we send in aid to other Countries every Month and get absolutely nothing in return for it.
Yes, we borrow 1 billion pounds every month to give away! Which sane person would would run their household or business like that? spend your wages, then get a bank loan every month, and give the money away to charity! But that is what is in essence happening with this Government. No wonder the national debt has doubled in the last 4 years.
If I were responsible for the finances, I know who I would prefer to receive the money.
The problem with having a referendum is that it isn't really going to be representative. As we have seen many times in the past from other election turnouts, almost two thirds of the population don't even bother to turn out to vote, people are sick and tired of politics and politicians, so they just close their eyes and ears and ignore it. There really has to be some sort of change to ensure that the majority of the electorate actually vote, similar to the regulations brought in for unions whereby if a certain percentage of the members don't vote, then the result is void. Now if some sort of system like that were introduced? Just maybe, the politicians would try a little harder to explain to the people just what was involved. Instead, we get the odd spot on TV, a bit in the newspapers, (which is usually biased one way or another) and a few vocal points in comments pages like these from 'armchair experts'. Not really conducive to encourage the vast majority to vote methinks. Regarding the millions of pounds we send to Europe every day, at least we see some sort of return on it, unlike the 1 billion we send in aid to other Countries every Month and get absolutely nothing in return for it. Yes, we borrow 1 billion pounds every month to give away! Which sane person would would run their household or business like that? spend your wages, then get a bank loan every month, and give the money away to charity! But that is what is in essence happening with this Government. No wonder the national debt has doubled in the last 4 years. If I were responsible for the finances, I know who I would prefer to receive the money. Thecynic
  • Score: -2

10:54am Tue 3 Jun 14

Fat Harry says...

"Public opinion and the popularity of UKIP in the recent elections has indicated that only a straight in or out vote will satisfy the voters"

Actually they don't.

Just because the BBC said it every day for the last two years, doesn't necessarily make it so.

If there were a referendum, I'd quite likely vote to leave the EU, but it's nowhere near the top of my list of priorities.
"Public opinion and the popularity of UKIP in the recent elections has indicated that only a straight in or out vote will satisfy the voters" Actually they don't. Just because the BBC said it every day for the last two years, doesn't necessarily make it so. If there were a referendum, I'd quite likely vote to leave the EU, but it's nowhere near the top of my list of priorities. Fat Harry
  • Score: -1

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