The Brexit campaign holds up the question of there being too much European legislation. But the objective is to establish and maintain standards to enable the free trade on which everybody depends.
Not all legislation is useful, and perhaps there is too much of it. Our position is stronger if we are inside the club and influencing.
Exporting into the EU requires Britain to adhere to EU standards. So why would we want to give up our role in shaping legislation that we would have to apply anyway? Or does Britain expect to be able to scrap standards such as health and safety?
Sure, the mechanism of government costs money, but the cost of Europe is an investment to be able to trade freely with no further formalities. If Britain were outside the EU, we would pay duty and incur administrative costs for every transaction.
The Sovereignty Myth
Britain would be better off outside the EU because we would regain our sovereignty and the power over decisions that we make. Strength and independence sound excellent – but what does it mean in practice – that we could somehow disregard our neighbours?
Free Movement of People
We have shared the cost of developing the single market with the other countries over a generation. Over the next thirty years, the UK will bear similar costs on our own.
Britain needs to be in the EU to import skills. That may be true, but it is perhaps more politically correct to promote British jobs. Isn’t it better to encourage prosperity amongst ourselves and in our customer countries? If we do need skills from the outside, then, of course, these people can come into Britain as required.
Free movement of people is an opportunity for people to realise their dreams by living in other countries. These exchanges help people understand one another and therefore contribute to long-term peace.
Perhaps, as the French suggested, that creating a European identity may water down national languages and characters. I don’t see that happening, but rather people holding on to their history. The French are at the heart of Europe and take affirmative action to preserve their language.
Somehow the EU is seen as a source of mass immigration. Unfortunately, this is happening when thousands of refugees in Europe who want to come to Britain. And why wouldn’t they? It’s normal for them to want to come here as the European standard of living is high.
A Social Project
Britain complains about and resists what it calls further political integration. And what is wrong with further political integration that promotes social integration between cultures. Europe-wide institutions mean democracy and justice, helping the people who need it – the people on the ground.
See another article on the benefits of being in the European Union.