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EU BENEFITS - THE LOSS TO BE SUFFERED

 

IN THE EU - One inch of Sovereignty Buys One Metre of Progress

 

HOW CAN THE EU INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO BENEFIT THE MASSES THAT NATIONAL GOVERNMENTS AVOID?

There are two vital differences between the EU and the UK and other national governments:

A prime objective of any UK GOVERNMENT is to stay in office and to remain electable. One eye is always firmly focused on the next election. This seriously inhibits introduction of any legislation that is likely to upset supporters.

The EU is not driven by staying electable. The widely disparate representation is not constrained by national interests and looks at the big picture.

It's very easy to identify the measures in the following list that national governments would not implement unless compelled.This list is far from exhaustive but illustrates many of the derived benefits.

FACT: Of more than two hundred voters campaigning to leave the EU to get back sovereignty and stop the imposition of foreign laws, not one could name a single EU Law, let alone one that had been harmful to Britain

THE EU HAS BEEN THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND:

i. Enabling the extraordinary political, social and economic transformation of 13 former dictatorships, now EU members, since 1980, their aspiration to EU membership being a primary motivator driving their transformation from dictatorship to democracy;

ii. Providing  57% of our trade;

iii. Providing structural funding to areas hit by industrial decline;

iv. Ensuring cleaner beaches and rivers;

v. Implementing Europe-wide cleaner air measures;

(Note:After intense lobbying from the UK that cross-party MEPs have condemned as “appalling, EU states have agreed to water down a proposed law aimed at halving the number of deaths from air pollution within 15 years.”)

vi. Forcing through lead-free petrol to improve health and save lives;

vii. Imposing restrictions on landfill dumping;

viii. Fostering a recycling culture now voluntarily adopted throughout Europe;

ix. Forcing through cheaper mobile charges;

x. Deregulation leading to cheaper air travel and protection for travellers suffering cancellation and/or delays;

xi. Improving consumer protection and food labelling;

xii. Banning growth hormones and other harmful food additives;

xiii. Introducing thousands of measures to guarantee better product safety;

xiv. Improving single market competition;

xv. Administering Europe-wide patent and copyright protection;

xvi. Removing  paperwork or customs administration for exports throughout the single market making trade far easier for EU companies;

xvii. Enforcing price transparency and removal of commission on currency exchanges across the eurozone;

xviii. Introducing freedom to travel, live and work across Europe;

xix. Introducing funded opportunities for young people to undertake study or work placements abroad;

xx. Enabling access to European health care services;

xxi. Vastly improving labour protection and enhanced social welfare;

xxii. Introducing and promoting smoke-free workplaces;

xxiii. Forcing through equal pay legislation;

xxiv. Improving paid holiday entitlement;

xxv. Enshrining the right not to work more than a 48-hour week without overtime;

xxvi. Introducing the strongest wildlife protection in the world and continuing to work for further improvement to protect threatened and endangered species and outlaw trophy hunting;

xxvii. Forcing through improved animal welfare in food production despite opposition from commercial interests including successive UK governments;

xxviii. Promoting EU-funded research and industrial collaboration;

xxix. Strengthening EU representation and influence in international forums;

xxx. Building by far the strongest and most influential voice in the WTO;

xxxi. Developing EU diplomatic efforts to uphold the nuclear non-proliferation treaty;

xxxii. Delivering the European arrest warrant;

xxxiii.Promoting cross border policing to combat human trafficking, arms and drug smuggling;

xxxiv. Strengthening European internal security by improved counter terrorism intelligence;

xxxv. Offering European civil and military co-operation in post-conflict zones in Europe and Africa;

xxxvi. Offering respected support for democracy and human rights across Europe and beyond;

xxxvii. Attracting investment across Europe contributing to better living standards and educational, social and cultural capital.

xxxvii. Improving travel arrangements for pet owners travelling to the continent.

xxxix.  Reducing supermarket prices to consumers by facilitating competition in retail markets

All of this is nothing compared with its greatest achievement:  After centuries of war the EU has for 60 years been the foundation of peace between European neighbours.

 

 

 

Therein lies a major value of the European Union.

 

NB. Just three months after the Referendum, degradation of these benefits is already apparent.