By John Smith • 28 May 2016 • 8:03
Gordon Brown at the European Parliament May 25
AN ARTICLE in the Daily Express published on May 27 suggests that those in power in the European Union are terrified that if Britain votes to leave the EU in the upcoming Referendum that it will encourage other member states to consider their position, especially if they have a vociferous anti-lobby and an election is near.
It goes on however to suggest that regardless of the result, there will still be potential disquiet amongst many countries which in turn could easily lead to a number of national referendums (or referenda, depending on the dictionary you consult) which in turn could lead to one or more exits and then the whole edifice of the Union could tumble like a house of cards.
There are two particularly obvious candidate style countries for this disquiet, Greece and to a much lesser extent Portugal have been instructed to follow a course of austerity and Greece has the added factor of enormous numbers of incomers, be they economic migrants or refugees.
There is however something of a Catch 22 situation with Greece as if they were allowed to effectively declare themselves bankrupt and leave the Eurozone, then that in itself would be highly damaging to the Brussels bureaucrats and certainly the tough conditions under which they are being treated at the moment will certainly build up exceptionally bad feelings for the future.
On the other hand and with a certain feeling of ‘schadenfreude’ many see Germany as having moved from ‘Hero to Zero’ even in its own eyes, quite quickly. ‘Mama Merkel’ as she was quickly ‘christened’ by Syrian refugees has alienated herself to a great extent from the German electorate and the actions of incomers on New Year’s Eve this year around the Country have turned many Germans who were quite content with the arrival of Turkish migrants over the years to be polarised against this new wave of Muslim incomers.
France is in the grips of industrial unrest due to new working practises that it is trying to introduce plus of course not only is it still in a state of emergency but it has to cope with its own large Muslim population which was granted citizenship following the Independence of a number of North African colonies as well as immigrants from West and Central Africa.
Almost as an aside, it also has to cope with the camps at Calais and the fact that even more ‘illegals’ are flocking there to try to gain entry to Britain before the referendum vote is declared.
All in all, there are a number of very well paid former national politicians and civil servants who are very worried about their financial future and their pensions, let alone their ability to form a United States of Europe.
Whatever happens and assuming that there is no immediate break-up of the EU, then it seems clear that the time has come for the bureaucrats to back off and to give the member states more say in the future of their own countries or else there will be the chance of a never ending feud between Brussels and individual member states, but a lot now depends on the integrity and honesty of politicians within the 28 member states.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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The Union is doomed. With evermore unpopular dictates coming from Brussels there is great unrest among the people in many nations. It is well known that the people of Germany, Holland, France Sweden, Denmark and many other nations will also want a referendum if Britain leaves. Brussels has made itself very unpopular with its dictates, like every country accepting their share of immigrants, many of whom have refused.That Brussels wants to form the ‘United States of Europe under their sole control is well known, and will not be accepted by the people.I hope Britain gets out before all hell breaks loose.
To be honest, on this I don’t think it matters if the UK vote to leave or not, the EU is doomed anyway as people are wakening up to how a small group of unelected ‘seemingly despotic’ people are in control while appearing to have no idea as to what they are doing! Thousands earn fortunes as pen pushers ‘over 10,000 in Brussels earning more than UK prime minister’, the sooner we get out the better and hopefully speed up the inevitable so helping other EU countries that are in an endless economic downturn because of the EURO. The EU, its seemingly senseless politicians and self elected leaders are now out of control, eating away at our democracy while making most members countries suffer as they make idiotic mistakes and steer the ship in a hap hazard manner towards the rocks.
Unrest with the EU is growing in countries, even in France, the Dutch are getting fed up, they voted to reject the Ukraine treaty and Brussels told them “tough, we have committed to it and cannot go back on that”, EU democracy at work!
I think anyone that votes to remain is not taking in the facts or is seriously misguided in their thinking, the only way is to leave and save what is left of the UK. Restructure our trade, get back our full sovereignty, pull back full access to our democracy, go back to our own civil rights laws and spend the money we send to the EU on ourselves. We desperately need more money injected into the NHS and police, every little bit counts.
don’t forget, Brussels now claims its fame as the most dangerous city in Europe!!
JUST LOOK AT THE LIST OF COUNTRIES ALREADY VOTED IN THERE COUNTRY IN A POLL TO LEAVE EUROPE WANT A REFERENDUMFINLANDSWEDENDENMARKNORWAY NEVER JOINED SO ALL OF THE NEDERLANDSAUSTRIAITALYHOLLAND DUTCHFRANCEGERMANYCZECH REPUBLIC THEY TELL ME THERE ARE MORESO WHO IS RIGHT OR WRONG
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