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Au Revoir, Europe: What if Britain left the EU? by [Charter, David]
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[a] timely contribution to the debate 40 years after the UK joined [the EU] --Philip Johnston, Daily Telegraph

"Brutally lucid, this road-map for a UK exit from the Union should sharpen every political mind --Jon Cruddas MP, The Independent

About the Author

DAVID CHARTER has spent five years living and working in brussels for The Times and this work is the result of his own journey to the heart of the European project.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 929 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Biteback Publishing (1 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 70 customer reviews
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A well written, fair, informative and timely book, franker than most politicians on either side of the debate. It leaves each reader to decide. I shall try to do the same, giving points first for one side, then the other:

Things 'Pro-EU' politicians do not tell us:

-It is now almost impossible to deny that for decades British politicians supporting EU membership from Heath to Blair concealed from the public how much further European integration would go. Consequently, especially now that the EU's most important project of recent years, the Euro single currency, is not the success they expected, most leading pro-EU British politicians are now almost embarrassed in speaking up for the EU and are not trusted when they do.

-Statistics used by supporters of EU membership suggesting that e.g. "three and a half million British jobs depend on EU membership" are often not based on much hard evidence. They often assume that all trade between Britain and the EU countries would cease if Britain left the EU; an assertion so unlikely as to be almost dishonest.

-Because of inadequate education in foreign languages in Britain, few British applicants land jobs in EU institutions, in which entrance exams have to be taken in one's second language and speaking 3 or more European languages is desirable. Consequently there are so few British officials in the EU bureaucracy that British concerns are often not understood. (How could former Primeminister Edward Heath, who enthusiastically led Britain into what is now the European Union in 1973, not see the need to improve education in European languages at the same time?
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This is a superb book; I'd give it six stars if I could. If you are unsure which way to vote in the referendum on EU membership that Britain will almost certainly hold within a few years, this is the book for you. Forget the rhetoric and misleading statistics that we are constantly fed by UKIP and hard-right Conservatives on the one hand and stubborn, starry-eyed europhiles on the other. David Charter gives us a detailed but very readable analysis of the history, finances, politics and agenda of the EU, together with a survey of Britain's options and their pros and cons. At last: someone who will just explain things to me in a dispassionate way so that I can make my mind up on the basis of the evidence. Which I now have.
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I read this book, as I was anxious to learn about the pros and cons of belonging to or leaving the EU. This is particularly relevant at the present time, bearing in mind the major gains of Ukip in the recent European election and also those of other right wing parties throughout Europe. I confess I started as a europhile, but have certainly become less so since reading the book. The author clearly illustrated the astonishing cost of operating the EU, with its bloated and largely unaccountable bureaucracy. However, to balance this, the author was at pains to point out that many people have lost sight of the fact that Europe has avoided major conflict since the formation of the EU.

I found the chapter on the imagined scenario of Britain after a vote to exit the EU, following the intended referendum in 2017, particularly interesting and the possible serious adverse impact on the prosperity of Britain, in the short term, at least, was very sobering. I truly wonder how many of those people who stridently advocate Britain's withdrawal have ever considered this issue. Certainly, I see little evidence from the media that it has ever been given a detailed and balanced airing.

Well worth reading!
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As an expatriate Briton, I'm frequently left shaking my head at both American and European incomprehension about British eurosceptism and their frequently ludicrous commentary on it. If you aren't British, and want to know why the British public and a good portion of Britain's elites are now so hostile to the European Union that the UK's membership is now in jeopardy, read this book. If you're British and want a primer, this is also a good starting point (it has been praised by Labour Party MP and shadow cabinet member John Cruddas, for example).
Charter was European correspondent for the Times (of London) and thus had a front-row seat when it came to the EU in general and the acrimonious EU-UK relationship in particular. Charter, unlike too many commentators on the EU, actually understands how it works and has spoken to many of the key players, which in and of itself is valuable.
Essentially, Charter's thesis is that the United Kingdom and the rest of the European Union are headed in divergent directions and, despite an earlier period of relatively harmonious relations, have always been at variance. Simply put, the end goal of the EU always was some sort of federal system (although not necessarily a United States of Europe) and that not only has this idea never held any appeal among the British public, but that Britain's elites have, through deception, self-deception or ignorance, never clearly explained to the public what membership in the EU actually entails. We are now at the point where there is an EU inner core (the Eurozone) moving towards a federal destination to ensure the survival and viability of the euro and an outer core moving to the margins and, in the case of the UK, the exit.
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