Lets have a look at the cut and paste benefits of the EU
1 Over 40 years of peace
What utter nonsensical claptrap! Europe has been protected by NATO, and remember France and Germany do not even fulfil their financial obligations for this protection.
2 A home market of over 500 million customers.
·80 billion trading deficit with the EU but the UK has a trading surplus with trade from outside the EU. Only 8% of British businesses trade with the EU with 92% doing their business outside of the EU. It is the restrictive protectionist practices and miles of EU red tape that is preventing even more trade between the UK and the outside world.
3 Cheaper flights and compensation
So the EU were behind the entrepreneurship of O'Leary and the other no frills airlines?
A market niche was recognised and exploited by those airlines and had bugger all to do with the EU.
4 Help with TAX avoidance.
Well that is the most inane line I have read in a long time.
5 Maternity and Paternity Leave
REALLY!!! Germany brought in maternity leave in the Mutterschutzgesetz in 1968, yes 1968! There is NO paternity leave in German statutes. France has a diabolicly low paternity and maternity leave with 11 days for one child paternity and 6 weeks before birth and 8 weeks after for maternity. The UK has amongst the best of both, but that is not down to EU rules!
6 Stronger voice in the world
Nebulous irrelevant rubbish statement.
7 Consumer protection
Can you elaborate on this please, or are you referring to the Sale of Goods Act 1974!
8 Investments in art and culture
Again nebulous, or does it refer to the UK being given some of it's money back but being told where to spend it?
9 Cleaner air
What a ludicrous claim! The UK was bringing in Clean air acts as far back as the 1950's
10 Paid holiday leave
Oh, so prior to 1973 the UK workers had to take holidays without pay? What nonsense.
11 Cheaper mobile calls and roaming
Agreed, a small benefit for all the tourists in their fortnightly visits to Spain using their benevolently given by the EU paid holiday leave!
12 Visa free travel across Europe
I was travelling across Europe before 1973 and the only document I had to show was my passport at each border and that even included the then communit state of Yugo slavia. This is another non entity so called benefit.
13 The right to work in the EU
My comment above applies in exactly the same way. Having worked in France and Germany.
14 Funding for UK regions
My comment is exactly the same as item No 8
15 Opportunities for younger people future leaders
Again utterly nebulous claptrap with no proof whatsoever.
16 Funding for start ups
UK gov has always been keen to encourage entreprenourship and to state that start up businesses rely solely on EU funding is rubbish.
17 44% of UK exports
See point No 2
18 Safer food standards
So, please elaborate on how the EU made UK food standards better.
19 3 million jobs
3 million for whom? EU migrants or UK indigenous? Yet another unfounded nebulous claim.
20 Lower prices in shops
Is it not strange that this old piece of claptrap appears from every remainers lips.
Look around your local UK Aldi, Lidl,Tesco, Morrisons etc and see where many of the fuits vegetables and other goods come from across the world. The EU impose tariifs ( often punitive) for non EU produced goods in line with its protectionist mantra.
21 Worlds strongest animal welfare rights
Further back up please .
22 Single market with no export charges or red tape.
I think the writer of this nonsense should check the GOV.UK web sites Intrastat comes to mind, and having been in international trade for many years, methinks some research is needed.
23 Product safety standards 24 Standards in the workplace 25 Europe wide patent and copyright protection.
Vast nebulous statements with absolutely nothing to back them up. Typical remainer philosophy.
26 Co operation on counter terrorism intelligence.
It is accepted across the world that the Uk has some of the most sophisticated and effective systems and the countries that benefit most are those in the USA and Europe.
But, now the petulant EU want to exclude the UK from Gallileo, despite having paid a huge amount towards it and allowing it to be sited on Crown Territories. So this claim as a benefit is inane.
The rest of the drivel on this cut and pasted document is, to use the word yet again, nebulous drivel shows the weak arguments that Project Fear proliferate.
Have a nice Chrimbo - even the Remainiacs