2 thoughts on “I used to be a eurosceptic. Here’s why I changed my mind”

  1. Posted 30/03/2016 at 16:49 | Permalink

    Of course the EU is a political project: economics is a relatively unimportant aspect of it. But it badly needs reform — and that’s why it was so disappointing (a) that the British Prime Minister (and government) chose to ask for so little in their ‘negotiations’ and (b) that the EU appeared to be both complacent and inflexible in responding in such a grudging way. I believe (and hope) it’s possible (no more) that Brexit would (will) jolt the EU into realising that it does need some truly radical changes — for example to its ridiculous energy policies which are doing so much damage across Europe. Of course the UK can survive perfectly well outside the EU; but we are not being given the choice of remaining in a ‘reformed EU’. That is precisely what is not on offer.

  2. Posted 31/03/2016 at 03:58 | Permalink

    “Europe is being torn apart by rising nativist movements, a protracted economic malaise”, any of that got anything to do with EU structures and policies?

    States that cannot accommodate their populations’ voices are not strengthened in the face of the other threats you mention, they are weakened. Eventually the populations insist on exit from the state structures being imposed on them, and the longer this is resisted the worse the dislocation when it comes.

    Imposing the “correct” policies on people who reject them can only work for so long, and by denying them a voice it first infantilizes them and then calls forth irresponsibility. Quite apart from the ethics of this, who’s to say you’re actually right about what the “correct” policies are?

    The EU is broken, it can’t be fixed, and UK can best serve everyone by leaving. The UK can then move to help establish an alternative European economic space, perhaps based in UNECE as suggested in the Flexcit plan.

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