dls wrote:The only difference is that our lot are better answerable to us for our interests.
In what way are they answerable? Don't tell me that we vote them out at the next election: you know as well as I do that we are at best offered Sophies's choice of party stooges. Consider the by-elections this week: how would you vote in order to make anyone answerable? And what questions would be asked by each option?
There is an unspoken assumption by many who support Europe. It is that somehow the EU is inherently more liberal than our own government. An example is the rather asinine suggestion that we have Europe to thank for our employment protection rights (made by certain trades union leaders). I am glad we have the rights we have. In fact many originate from Europe, but there is no possible evidence that more or less similar rights would not have been granted if we had been outside the EU.
I don't think anyone assumes it is inherently so, but if you are suggesting that this government would have readily granted such rights, then please make your case. There is already talk of a bonfire of rights and regulations. linky 1, linky 2.