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European Myths

By David Hill

The pro-Europeans have several arguments for wanting us to stay in the USE (United States of Europe). Here is an examination of some of their arguments.

Myth 1: The European Union has kept the peace since 1945.

During the Second World War there was a great devastation of Europe and millions of people were displaced. It took 25 years to repair the damage and resettle the refugees. Europe would not get involved in another war until the effects of the last one were rectified. Therefore the EU cannot claim to have kept the peace from 1945 to 1970. Considering the 34 years from 1970 to the present, I have a question to ask. If the EU had not existed, tell us which country in Europe would have attacked another country in Europe? Would Spain have attacked Portugal? Would Italy have attacked Switzerland? Would Germany have attacked Denmark? Would Britain have attacked the Irish Republic? Would Holland have attacked Belgium? Would France have attacked Germany or Britain? Would Germany have attacked France? When each pair of countries is considered one by one, most reasonable people would conclude that in no case would one country have attacked another. If so, the EU has not kept the peace in Europe.

There are several reasons for this conclusion. Firstly, we are all aware of the destructiveness of modern weapons. This makes us all wish to avoid war if possible. A second reason is that the birth rate in Europe is now much lower than it was 100 years ago. Many families have only one son. In consequence, parents are even more reluctant to go to war, knowing that their only son might be killed. A third reason is that democracies are less likely to start a war than dictatorships. The claim that the EU has kept the peace is equivalent to saying most people die in bed, so bed is a dangerous place to be. People die in bed, because they are ill, not because they are in a bed. Similarly, peace has endured in Europe (except in Yugoslavia) for 59 years, but the EU has had no effect, one way or another. Peace has lasted for other reasons.

Myth 2: If Britain left the EU, then three million Britons would be thrown out of work.

Take the case of Germany and Britain. If Germany stays in the EU, but Britain leaves, then if the Germans want to buy something from us, we will sell to them. Conversely, if we want to buy something from the Germans, then they will sell to us. Neither country wants to forego trade. Neither side will say "we are cross with you, so we will not trade". The conclusion is that trade will continue as before. Whether we are in or out of the EU makes no difference. There will be no loss of employment in Britain or elsewhere.

Myth 3: We must stay in the EU, abandon the pound and adopt the Euro.

An important question to ask is "What will be the rate of exchange of the pound to the Euro?". Most people assume that we can join the Euro at whatever rate suits us. Not so. We will want the pound to be cheap compared to the Euro, to encourage our exports to Europe. They will want the pound to be dear compared to the Euro, to discourage our exports to Europe, and encourage their exports to us. If we cannot reach a compromise, then we may have to join the Euro at too high a rate, so our exports are uncompetitive and some of us are out of work. We will never have a chance to alter the rate. The alternative is never to join the Euro. Eventually, we either accept the Euro or leave the EU. If we leave the EU unilaterally, they will forbid it and threaten us with war, as happened in the USA in 1861.

Myth 4: The EU has a charter to protect our liberties.

At present in Britain, every action is legal except those actions which have been made illegal by Acts of Parliament. In the EU, the reverse is true. All actions are illegal except those listed in the Charter. However, in the Charter, it states that any right can be withdrawn if the European Commission thinks it is in the public interest. For example, if a great demonstration against the EU is organised, the Commission would certainly ban it. The police would attack and disperse the protesters. We would have no right to complain. In Britain at present, the demonstration would have to be banned by Act of Parliament. It is doubtful if the House of Lords would pass the Bill.

Myth 5: Britain receives grants from the EU to pay for many improvements.

The EU takes a lot from us in taxes. It gives us back some of the money. It is not a gift because it is only our money coming back. The EU Commission decides on what these grants should be spent. Usually these are foolish projects which we would not choose ourselves. Hence the cost of Britain being in the EU is the gross cost, (the amount taken in taxes). It is not the net cost, (=taxes - grants), because the grant money is wasted.

Myth 6: Quite a lot of people want Britain to remain in the EU.

This reminds me of the situation in the Soviet Union. There was a saying "There are no Communists in the Soviet Union". All the members of the Communist Party had a personal or financial reason for joining. None of them was a true believer. It was necessary to be a member if one aspired to a senior management post in industry, or to be a senior civil servant. Only members could be officers in the armed forces. In the Soviet Union, consumer goods were often almost unobtainable to non-members. Consumer goods could be bought at special shops, to which only Party members had access. It was necessary to become a member in order to qualify for a decent lifestyle.

Myth 7: Britain is a tiny island which is too small to survive alone.

Britain has a mild climate with ample rain throughout the year. It is immune from severe earthquakes and we seldom have great storms. Nearly all the land is suitable for living in and most of our land is fit for agriculture. Other countries that are bigger than Britain have large areas of desert, tundra, mountains, ice fields, or swamps. If we consider only the space which is usable, then Britain is a medium sized country. Anyone who thinks Britain is a tiny island should try driving from Dover to Cape Wrath. A further resource is the cleverness of some of the inhabitants. A large number of inventions have been thought of by Britons.

There is a cynical saying "Every man has his price". In the EU today, there are many well-paid jobs to which only Europhiles will be appointed. If you obtain such a job, then you are entitled to a substantial pension upon retirement. Naturally, it is then in your interest that the EU does not collapse, otherwise your pension will disappear. If you leave European employment, then it is necessary to never say or write anything derogatory about the EU, otherwise your pension is forfeit.

The pay and pensions are so large that many people are prepared to betray their homeland for a comfortable lifestyle. There are now few people who genuinely believe in the "European Dream". The European government maintains itself in power by taxing the people heavily, in order to bribe the administrators so lavishly that their loyalty is assured. The administrators have submitted to greed and abandoned their self-respect. All patriotic councillors should oppose splitting England into regions. These regions would be governed directly from Brussels. Westminster would be bypassed. Within ten years the House of Commons and Lords will cease to exist. The European Parliament is a sham, to give the appearance of democracy. Democratic government in Britain will cease, to be replaced by a foreign tyranny. For the first time since 938 years ago, Britain will be under foreign military occupation by the European Army and the European police. We should all vote against the EU Constitution and the Euro, and indeed for Britain leaving the EU completely. Only then will we be happy, prosperous and independent once more.