Ten reasons to leave the EU

Tory MEP, Daniel Hannan, has made a list on his blog.

1. Since we joined the EEC in 1973, we have been in surplus with every continent in the world except Europe. Over those 27 years, we have run a trade deficit with the other member states that averages out at £30 million per day.

2. In 2010 our gross contribution to the EU budget will be £14 billion. To put this figure in context, all the reductions announced by George Osborne at the Conservative Party Conference would, collectively, save £7 billion a year across the whole of government spending.

3. On the European Commission’s own figures, the annual costs of EU regulation outweigh the advantages of the single market by €600 to €180 billion.

4. The Common Agricultural Policy costs every family £1200 a year in higher food bills.

5. Outside the Common Fisheries Policy, Britain could reassert control over its waters out to 200 miles or the median line, which would take in around 65 per cent of North Sea stocks.

6. Successive British governments have refused to say what proportion of domestic laws come from Brussels, but a thorough analysis by the German Federal Justice Ministry showed that 84 per cent of the legislation in that country came from the EU.

7. Outside the EU, Britain would be free to negotiate much more liberal trade agreements with third countries than is possible under the Common External Tariff.

8. The countries with the highest GDP per capita in Europe are Norway and Switzerland. Both export more, proportionately, to the EU, than Britain does.

9. Outside the EU, Britain could be a deregulated, competitive, offshore haven.

10. Oh, and we’d be a democracy again.


11. Dispense with European ‘Human Rights’ legislation and reintroduce justice.

12. Regain control of our own ‘borders’.

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3 Responses to Ten reasons to leave the EU

  1. Jim Baxter says:

    ‘Regain control of our own ‘borders’.’

    What were our border controls like before WW1 when this nation was a world power? I don’t think we had any, did we? You had the likes of Marx and Lenin nipping in and out as they pleased.

    The cost of the EU is a lot less than the cost of another big European war would be.

  2. English Viking says:

    Dr Baxter,

    ‘The cost of the EU is a lot less than the cost of another big European war would be.’ Please allow a correction – will be, not would be. War is inevitable and imminent.

    BTW Happy New Year to you and yours.

  3. Stewart Cowan says:

    It sounds like a good strategy for war – first, force dozens of diverse peoples into a confederation against their will and second, remove their freedoms. Doesn’t this describe the EU as well as the USSR?

    The war thing is a red herring. WWII ended 64 years ago – during nearly all of that time, there was no European union, just a trading bloc, which the UK didn’t join until 28 years after the war ended and the last 12 countries only joined in the past few years.

    Plus the fact, Germany started the two world wars and since 1945 has been full of allied forces.

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