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Time to Say No: Alternatives to EU Membership

Time to Say No: Alternatives to EU Membership [Kindle Edition]

Ian Milne
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Evidence is accumulating that membership of the EU imposes a heavy ongoing net cost on the UK economy possibly in excess of ten per cent of GDP, over £140 billion a year at 2009 prices. Long before the 2010 euro crisis a consensus existed (amongst member-state governments, the Commission itself, NGOs, business and academia) that in the decades to come continental EU s prospects, as a market and an economy, are dire. That consensus is strengthening. As much as 60 per cent of UK exports already go outside the EU, using the author s estimates for the effect of distortions on trade statistics. Since 2000 they have been growing almost 40 per cent faster than exports to the EU. Growth in export markets is almost certainly going to occur in the 95 per cent of global population outside EU-26, rather than in the five per cent inside EU-26. That being so, the UK s first priority ought to be to decide how its trading arrangements with the world outside the EU should be configured. That decision would condition the extent to which the UK s relationship with the EU Single Market should be changed. Full withdrawal would be one of the options. The author examines these and other questions in some detail, including the three main alternatives (for the UK) to EU membership. He concludes by sketching out the mechanics, timetable, management and consequences of full UK withdrawal.

About the Author

Ian Milne has been the Director of the cross-party think-tank Global Britain since 1999. He was the founder-editor (in 1993) of The European Journal, and the co-founder (in 1995) and first editor of eurofacts. He is the translator of Europe s Road to War, by Paul-Marie Coûteaux, and the author of numerous pamphlets, articles and book reviews, mainly about the relationship between the UK and the European Union. His most recent publications are A Cost Too Far? (Civitas, July 2004), an analysis of the net economic costs and benefits for the UK of EU membership; Backing the Wrong Horse (Centre for Policy Studies, December 2004), a review of the UK s global trading arrangements and options for the future; and Lost Illusions: British Foreign Policy (The Bruges Group, December 2007), which assesses UK foreign policy since 1945 and suggests how it could become more effective. He graduated in engineering from Cambridge University and in business administration from Cranfield. His business career was in industry and merchant banking in the UK, France and Belgium.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 78 pages
  • Publisher: Civitas: Institute for the Study of Civil Society (16 Oct 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
In its supporting evidence, this is a very useful book. In its overall purpose, it is quite useless. Its former is the claim that British membership of the European Union does not pass any kind of cost-benefit analysis. Our trade outside the EU has been growing much faster than our trade within. This will continue for at least the next generation, as the main EU countries are demographically in decline and, on the whole, stagnant economically. Indeed, taking into account direct and indirect costs of membership, the gains from being part of the Single Market could be negative. In purely economic terms, Britain is better off out.

The book is worth reading for its short but authoritative stating of these arguments. But I will now explain why it is generally useless. Mr Milne imagines a referendum, in June 2014, on British membership of the EU. He imagines this will go in favour of withdrawal, and that the governing and opposition parties work harmoniously together, and with the EU institutions, for a phased two year withdrawal as required by the Treaty of Lisbon. After this, the country can be free again to govern itself.

The problem with this scenario is that its main assumption is absurd. This country is not ultimately governed from Brussels. We are not victims of foreign control. It is a false belief that our own liberal and therefore benign institutions have been checked by the European Commission, and that leaving the EU will have much the same effect as removing a stone from a horse's hoof. The truth is that, just as before 1973, this country is governed from London, and by our own ruling class. All that EU membership has achieved is to help make the exercise of power by this ruling class less accountable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A useful source for all arguing for freedom 22 Nov 2011
This work is full of statistics and arguments essential for all who have to rebut the arguments put forward for continuing EU membership. Readable and with facts and figures in bite-sized chunks, I had no idea before I opened it that the value of UK exports to the EU amounted to no more than 10% of UK GDP. This sort of fact is essential when faced with people who say that UK exports to the EU amount to 40% of total exports and a reorientation of trade means the loss of many UK jobs. The programme suggested for implementing UK independence is open to argument because politics is messy: there is always a gap between the desirable and the possible. Use this pamphlet for that letter to a newspaper, in preparation for a media inteview or the student essay. This pamphlet is required reading for members of UKIP, all who question continuing UK membership of the EU and EU supporters because it helps to question the facts served up by UK media and politicians. Essential reading for all who challenge received wisdom on this subject. Put it on your bookshelf.
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