The jacket of Economist Roger Bootle's 2014 book "The Trouble with Europe" says:
"Six decades ago Europe's leaders had a noble dream: to prevent another terrible war, and to act as a beacon of co-operation rather than conflict. The European Economic Community eventually became the European Union, and so began a seemingly inevitable march towards a federal superstate, culminating in the creation of the totemic single currency: the Euro.
The European Union is now at a crossroads. Its original objectives, the logic of existing relationships and monetary union, are pushing it towards full political union - some sort of United States of Europe, at least of the Eurozone. In other words, more Europe; deeper integration. But the EU is no longer working well in today's -world let alone tomorrow's.
The EU needs fundamental reform. It was conceived in a world of large blocs, before globalisation and the rise of the emerging markets. Its agenda of harmonisation and integration inevitably leads to excessive regulation and the smothering of competition. It hasn't delivered the prosperity and growth it promised. The clearest example of the EU's tortured politics producing poor economic performance is the formation of the Euro, which was undertaken for political reasons intrinsic to the European Project. It has turned out to be the problem rather than a solution. What is more, if nothing changes the EU's share of world GDP is set to fall sharply and, with it, Europe's influence in the world.
Furthermore, the EU has a profound identity crisis. No one is clear what the EU is for, or how "ever closer union" can be matched with expanding geographical horizons and huge disparities in income and culture. The EU has ineffective and often undemocratic institutions. It is the most important thing that stands between Europe and success." His book advocates the
reform of the EU. Not something we believe is possible.
E.U. researcher Dr Richard North and journalist
Christopher Booker, which tells of its conception nearly
90 years ago in lies and deception with a continuation
of that deceit ever since and deeply undemocratic.
It's failings are legion and well documented, and will
continue to haunt us, and indeed grow worse as indicated
in the Five E.U. Presidents Report published a year ago.
There are many of us who believe that the whole thing is unreformable and that the best choice for the United Kingdom is to leave altogether and regain its total independence and sovereignty by way of winning the referendum, instituting Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and begin the process of exit, a British Exit or 'Brexit' for short. Cameron's 'renegotiatation' is only likely to come up with 'Associate Membership', a 2nd class membership with all of the same disadvantages we currently suffer and this is something that the E.U. Government had planned for us anyway, nothing new there!
The Referendum will be a fight of the 'Establishment, the media & the Politicians'
versus 'Us - the Public'!