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The In/Out Question: Referendum Edition - March 2016: Why Britain should stay in the EU and fight to make it better (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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However, if you are genuinely undecided I would read it with caution. My reservation is that Dixon is incredibly optimistic about the possibility of reforming the EU in the way he suggests.
Firstly if you follow the proceedings in the European Parliament you are left in no doubt that pro-EU people in the UK have a different view to many continental supporters. Here the emphasis is on practical benefits - the single market, Europol, the European Patent. To leaders in the EP it is a political project with a clear aim in mind - federal union. This different perception can lead to confusion as to what is meant by reform or by democracy.
Secondly it is important to recognise that there are still major unresolved problems with the single currency; economic stagnation may stretch into the future.
Lastly it is clear that the ability of the UK to influence events has declined. With enlargement our vote counts less. Power has shifted to the EP where we have less influence and we are outside the core of the EU - the eurozone. A particular problem is that France is likely to be even more protectionist.
Whether we go or stay we face problems.
There are numerous totally superfluous details. He quotes details of the number of plane trips to EU countries. Taking your holiday in France, Germany or any EU country does not require membership of the EU. He writes about the cultural heritage of the UK being strongly linked to that of Europe. Of course it is. The UK is part of Europe. This is not a reason for remaining part of the EU. (Is he trying to blur the distinction between the EU and Europe I wonder?). He points out that the UK is enjoying more and more continental European food. What is the relevance of this? We can eat French cheese and drink Italian wine without being in the EU. And I’m sure Mr Dixon knows that.
I decided to probe a bit deeper into the more ‘substantive’ aspects of his book– to test and examine his arguments. A few examples will illustrate.
The author states that “eurosceptics want to stop immigration”. Does he know this is incorrect? Or maybe he genuinely believes it? As eurosceptics have stated repeatedly, they want to control immigration, not stop it.
The usual scaremongering arguments are present. What will happen to those British people living abroad if the UK leaves the EU? Will they be sent back to the UK as the author suggests? Will the UK start making immigrants leave? Has he not heard of the ‘acquired rights’? These are sometimes known as ‘executed rights’ or ‘vested rights’.Read more ›
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Sadly, most people will not read this book. It doesn't adopt the line that the EU is all bad or all good. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sussex Seagull
Very good book could have had some depth but still very informativePublished 7 months ago by sparky
Factual, well researched & logical debate that everybody should be required to read before making a rash choice.Published 8 months ago by Gary Johnson
A must-read before the Referendum. Hugo Dixon sets out in a clear, factual way the different options facing the UK. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Stepas
The edition I bought covers quite a range of aspects, but fortunately the margins around the pages afford enough space to any well-informed (about the EU) reader to pencil comments... Read morePublished 8 months ago by DOUG
The book covers most of the apparent issues well and in many cases uses the same argument as the Eurosceptics to justify 'in', whereas those wanting to leave argue the opposite. Read morePublished 9 months ago by L. Greeen
Is a straightforward advice on staying in the EU so it's not impartial. It is an easy read and recommended for Remainerrs and also 'don't knows'. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Before reading this I was in the stay in camp but didn't quite realise quite his much we need the EU . some really great points and facts and figuresPublished 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
This book is SO unbalanced it belies its title. I therefore offer as antidote the reading of Daniel Hannan's VOTE LEAVEPublished 10 months ago by dumbo