4 thoughts on “Brexit and Bremain: the devil and the deep blue sea”

  1. Posted 05/05/2016 at 12:23 | Permalink

    Kris – The pro-Brexit argument is not that we would necessarily abandon harmful policies, it is that we could abandon them.

  2. Posted 16/05/2016 at 14:21 | Permalink

    And that’s why I ultimately end up in the Out camp. I just can’t muster the enthusiasm of those who believe that once out, we’d rid ourselves from all the bad stuff imposed by Brussels. There is SOME chance that we will eventually get rid of SOME of it.

  3. Posted 16/05/2016 at 14:29 | Permalink

    Kris – I agree with you. However, there would be some immediate gains (pro-remainers will argue some immediate losses too). I suspect that we would pretty quickly abandon most import tariffs and we would abandon the Common Fisheries Policy.

  4. Posted 17/05/2016 at 21:33 | Permalink

    The best argument for staying in the EU is that some regulations from the EU are better than the UK would have come up with if left to itself. Examples could be worker legislation, beach quality, and non-subsidy by the State in failing private companies.
    If EU politicians are better than our own, then logically it would be better to have no influence at all, as our 1 commissioner and 8%(?) influence is bring the average down.

    It’s the NOR model for me – getting back control of farm policy, fisheries, home affairs and justice. And hopefully having no farm subsidies, but that’s wishful thinking. But with the government spending around 1.09 for every 1.00 in income Osborne will look at this again and likely reduce the overall level. Or abolish in England and devolve it for SCO, WAL and NI. So many sweet possibilities exist. I can’t imagine farm policy being any worse than now.

    The mainstream brexiteers are a pretty obnoxious bunch though – for them, it’s about immigration, not the compulsory transfer of public funds to people who are already well off.

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