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Britain's EU Referendum speech

30 January 2013, 07:31
With American politicians already saying that Britain's David Cameron's speech seems to be more about his own self-interest than that of United Kingdom's overall interest,you have to wonder if he wants to get rid of the ever closer than a union paragraph in the EU Treaty or is he genuinely targeting reform in the EU?Is Britain giving it's voting public just another skewed eye view of Europe?
 
Democracy is still seen by the many of us as the best form of Governance,when it's applied the right way,but does this whole referendum thing on the EU that Britain is pushing so hard for only really a power game built around democracy? Britain is no longer "the Empire" we all know that,so why all this negativity towards the whole of the EU?Growth and Business in the European Union had been poor in the last decade and will continue to be such in the next 5,10 or even 15 years time. So why now does this Prime Minister of Britain push so hard on tax avoidance or income regulations depending to whom you speak to?
 
If your house is unsafe,then you first try and fix whatever you can instead of just running off into a "new house",that may or may not have the same or different problems of it's own. Is it really just a matter of Federalism and Free Trade agreements within the EU that brought this up again? Countries that are now part of the EU,but that were part of the USSR up until 1989,had seen some their economies collapsed. It was only because of trade agreements with the strong EU that got themselves out of their major depression.
 
Is Britain still thinking of itself as it was back in 1800's then? Have they even bothered to study the EU Law in it's fullest detail? Looking at Britain's domestic laws and the laws of the European Union then you'll see traffic is not always one way. Having had a long successful "marriage" with the EU,Britain now wants to renegotiate it's "marriage",but still wants to keep some of the benefits. Britain looks at itself in a mirror and all it sees,like the "marriage-partner",the long lost youthful beauty it once was and not the moaning,whining old fart he/she has become of late. Her/his partner cuts the ties and he/she realizes after a while what he/she has really thrown away.
 
Is Britain asking for more accountability and less intrusion? Or are they driving away investors from coming into their own country by not having a clear future in Europe? Are the British as a nation less rational in voting on a referendum "in or out" situation of the EU? Or  are they simply not fully informed enough to make that decision? Most of the EU's problems currently has to do with their mismanagement of their debts,carelessness in its' financial institutions rather than looking after the public welfare,protectionism,political disunity,etc.
 
Like in the company that you work for: If you not happy there,you can try and negotiate better working conditions for yourself and if that fails then you can exercise your right to leave the company. So fellow workers may mock you as you leave the firm,but it's your right to exercise your freedom of choice. The ones that mocks and belittles you are usually the ones that gets a far better deal than you in the that company or are just brainwashed into thinking that they did. 
 
It is really just a domineering Northern Europe,i.e., Germany,France and the UK versus the "incompetent" Southern Europe of Greece,Portugal,Spain and the rest? Germany being Europe's paymaster and France & Britain being it's old delusional selves? And lets not forget that the BRICS emerging market economies are the new potential powers in the next 5 years or so with China,India,Russia an Brazil already occupying positions in the top 10 largest economies in the world. So Europe needs to adapt fast if it's gonna remain powerful to survive and not become farcical and bankrupt in the common market.
 
The EU was always seen to be a means to an end,not the end in itself. So what's wrong with a little "new vision" by Britain if you will?
 
References:
 
1.Financial Times of London.
 
2.The Guardian Newspaper.
 
3.The Frankfurter Rundschau
 
4.Allgemeine.

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