Our big mistake in joining the EU

I WOULD remind Richard Grant (Letters 19 June) that this country was ranked third largest economy in the world before our mistake in joining the union we were conned into believing was a common trading agreement between European countries.

Our banks were at that time ranked the best in the world but have now been dragged down by the uncertainty of the single currency.

Yes, we “used to be” (to quote Mr Grant) lots of things we aren’t now and while it would be naive to suggest all our woes emanate from Europe, our membership in the EU serves only to drag us deeper into the world mire.

The only way a united Europe and a single currency could possibly work would be for all participating countries to spread their wealth equally between each member regardless of their present economy upon joining so for the like of countries like Britain and Germany we would need to give more than half our wealth to the poorer members (I can just imagine the Germans putting up with that!) but this bailing out of shaky economies is almost a step in that direction and the only way for us is out, the sooner the better.

I’ve certainly nothing against Europeans, but I’ve always had this little extra special pride in being English or British according to which part of these islands you hail from.

L A O’BEE, Southampton.

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10:50am Fri 29 Jun 12

loosehead says...

Wish people would get this right. WE NEVER JOINED the EU. this countries referendum was about the Common Market where Sovereign Nations kept there sovereignty & independence but traded with others.
Since then we have been signed up to Maastricht, Then on the Treaty but was called another name.
in truth the EU commission & Parliament & of course the Courts have no legal rights over us.
surely as we the people never voted for the EU if that's what it now is we could just walk away as we are no part of it?
Wish people would get this right. WE NEVER JOINED the EU. this countries referendum was about the Common Market where Sovereign Nations kept there sovereignty & independence but traded with others. Since then we have been signed up to Maastricht, Then on the Treaty but was called another name. in truth the EU commission & Parliament & of course the Courts have no legal rights over us. surely as we the people never voted for the EU if that's what it now is we could just walk away as we are no part of it? loosehead
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8:04pm Sat 30 Jun 12

Linesman says...

The EU was a natural progression of the Common Market, which Edward Heath's government did NOT give us a referendum to see whether we wanted to join, but took us in without a mandate from the people. We later had a referendum to see whether we wanted to stay in.

Personally, I would not have voted to go in, but once we had signed up for it, I voted to stay in as I considered that:
a) By joining we had turned our backs on our historic trading partners and
b) It would probably cost us a hell of a lot to get out once we were in.

With regard walking away from the EU. Where would that lead us? The Common Market is a thing of the past. It no longer exists. Our former trading partners have found new markets.
The EU was a natural progression of the Common Market, which Edward Heath's government did NOT give us a referendum to see whether we wanted to join, but took us in without a mandate from the people. We later had a referendum to see whether we wanted to stay in. Personally, I would not have voted to go in, but once we had signed up for it, I voted to stay in as I considered that: a) By joining we had turned our backs on our historic trading partners and b) It would probably cost us a hell of a lot to get out once we were in. With regard walking away from the EU. Where would that lead us? The Common Market is a thing of the past. It no longer exists. Our former trading partners have found new markets. Linesman
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10:38pm Sat 30 Jun 12

loosehead says...

Linesman wrote:
The EU was a natural progression of the Common Market, which Edward Heath's government did NOT give us a referendum to see whether we wanted to join, but took us in without a mandate from the people. We later had a referendum to see whether we wanted to stay in.

Personally, I would not have voted to go in, but once we had signed up for it, I voted to stay in as I considered that:
a) By joining we had turned our backs on our historic trading partners and
b) It would probably cost us a hell of a lot to get out once we were in.

With regard walking away from the EU. Where would that lead us? The Common Market is a thing of the past. It no longer exists. Our former trading partners have found new markets.
Once again talking b*ll.
Norway has been courted to join this joke but refused it still is allowed to trade but contributes zilch to the EU.
Do you honestly think that all those EU companies would want to stop trading with us?
£14billion a year better off & with trading terms that would should be us
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: The EU was a natural progression of the Common Market, which Edward Heath's government did NOT give us a referendum to see whether we wanted to join, but took us in without a mandate from the people. We later had a referendum to see whether we wanted to stay in. Personally, I would not have voted to go in, but once we had signed up for it, I voted to stay in as I considered that: a) By joining we had turned our backs on our historic trading partners and b) It would probably cost us a hell of a lot to get out once we were in. With regard walking away from the EU. Where would that lead us? The Common Market is a thing of the past. It no longer exists. Our former trading partners have found new markets.[/p][/quote]Once again talking b*ll. Norway has been courted to join this joke but refused it still is allowed to trade but contributes zilch to the EU. Do you honestly think that all those EU companies would want to stop trading with us? £14billion a year better off & with trading terms that would should be us loosehead
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