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THE SICK MAN OF EUROPE

Just one of the Symptoms

 

The First Referendum-1975

A response to the Myths

Throughout the referendum campaign and since, one has seen a common statement

"We were taken into the EU illegally. It was just a free trade agreement and the Germans have hijacked it"!

Nothing could be further than the truth. At the time of this 1975 Referendum, Britain was the Sick Man of Europe and desperately seeking a way out of serious economic and political problems. The EU was a lifeboat.

During the conduct of the Referendum, a comprehensive leaflet http://www.harvard-digital.co.uk/euro/pamphlet.htm was distributed to every household in Britain. The leaflet was very specific about expressing the aims of the common market:

THE AIMS OF THE COMMON MARKET ARE:

1.  To bring together the peoples of Europe.

2.  To raise living standards and improve working conditions.

3.To promote growth and boost world trade.

4. To help the poorest regions of Europe and the rest of the world.

5.To help maintain peace and freedom.

The leaflet addressed in some detail the facts surrounding supremacy of parliament and the issue of Britain's Sovereignty. The arguments made then remain valid today:

Fact No. 1 is that in the modern world even the Super Powers like America and Russia do not have complete freedom of action. Medium-sized nations like Britain are more and more subject to economic and political forces we cannot control on our own.

Fact 2. Whether we are in the Market or not, Common Market policies are going to affect the lives of every family in the country. Inside the Market, we can play a major part in deciding these policies. Outside, we are on our own.

 

A few of the effects of leaving were explained. They remain just as true today:

Britain would no longer have any say in the future economic and political development of the Common Market, nor on its relations with the rest of the world - particularly on the help to be given to the poorer nations of the world.

The countries of the Common Market would still be our nearest neighbours and our largest customers. Their policies would still be important to us. But Britain would no longer have a close and direct influence on those policies.

More than that, decisions taken in Brussels, in which Britain would have no voice, would affect British trade and therefore British jobs.

 

Perhaps because of the extreme difficulties in pre and early EU Britain, the nation voted to remain in the EU. Foreign investors flocked to Britain to revive our failing industries and to gain tariff free access to the EU which since that time has doubled in size. As a consequence Britain became prosperous and re-established its influence in the world. Tariff free access is the reason they came and tariff free access is why they remains - For the present.