Great Britain and the EU

Great Britain and the EU are drifting apart. A majority of Britons now believes that EU membership has become a burden rather than a benefit. How much longer can the leadership at No.10 withstand the Eurosceptics?

A Hard Rain’s Gonna ...

Sitting in my favourite local café listening to Bob Dylans ‘It’s A Hard Rains Gonna Fall’ reminded me of the fundamental changes that have occurred since Great Britain had its first referendum on European membership. In the 70s there were no cafes serving ten different types of coffee to a cl

No facts, no trust, no...

There have been fundamental changes that have occurred since Great Britain had its first referendum on European membership. In the 70s there were no cafes serving ten different types of coffee to a clientele almost exclusively glued to laptop screens, running their businesses from flat white to capp

Completely illusory...

Cameron’s European policy is grounded in a fantasy that will never play out. Instead, the UK may be headed for collapse.

With or without them...

The UK is not an obstacle to harmony and stability. It is the EU integrationists who generate economic and democratic instability.

From comedy to tragedy...

Cameron’s lack of activism nearly divided the United Kingdom. The 2017 referendum will present another crucial test – with consequences for the EU.

Cut the string!...

If we want to go from Little England back to being Great Britain, we must leave the EU. But it’s people like John Major and other fake Europhiles who keep us tied to a weak and crippling Union.

Beyond complicated ...

The UK-EU relationship is complex, but the reason for this complexity is simple: both sides have baggage – and not just a bit.

Better off Inside...

It’s impossible to say what will happen between the UK and the rest of Europe. But it is possible to say what _should_ happen.

The Big Bang...

Banging on about Europe has once again become a vote winner in the UK and a “Brexit” is more likely than ever. If David Cameron wins next year’s elections, he will have to face an inconvenient promise.

No Damsel in Distress...

Why a referendum could save British-EU relations.

Splendid Isolation...

Great Britain can certainly hold a referendum about the country's EU membership. But it would be unfair to make Europe wait until 2017. The continent needs to know sooner than that if the British want to leave.

An Island Once Again...

British Euroskeptics paint a grotesque caricature of the European Union, but their words are falling on fertile ground. Britain might well become the first country to leave the union.

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