The answer is easy: financial self interest of a wealthy few.Probably correct - and the question will be raised as to why we put ourselves through the mill
I'm pretty sure it was the Telegraph that recently had an article complaining that current Brexit problems are all down the government, and are all the things "we Brexiteers" warned them about. I must have been out that day. You know, the one where they were warning about all the problems with Brexit.It’s ok everyone, The Telegraph has come to their senses, Brexit is the fault of Angela Merkel. According to Ambrose Evans Pritchard, apparently International Business Editor.......oh, and the EU is broke:
Oh I know it smells of excrement wrapped in a thin veneer of fake respectability (whereas the Mail is just excrement), but the logical fallacies and gaslighting over how Brexit is now all the fault of others is hilarious; though, obviously, absolutely entirely and utterly predicted long ago.Telegraph = broadsheet version of Daily Mail
Think you underestimate the significance of the two words "kind of". Churchill never suggested the surrender of individual countries sovereignty to an overarching European Parliament. This is typical of the sort of misinterpretation that is so annoying. The idea was to try and prevent any resurgence of German power, and to present a unified front against communism. The best way to do these things was for all the countries to be members of a club, where differences could be resolved by talking, rather than shooting at one another.Winston Churchill in fact stated at the end of the war "what is needed is in fact a United States of Europe". In fact here is the man's very speech
The Bold is my input
United States of Europe
September 19, 1946. University of Zurich
I wish to speak about the tragedy of Europe, this noble continent, the home of all the great parent races of the Western world, the foundation of Christian faith and ethics, the origin of most of the culture, arts, philosophy and science both of ancient and modern times. If Europe were once united in the sharing of its common inheritance there would be no limit to the happiness, prosperity and glory which its 300 million or 400 million people would enjoy. Yet it is from Europe that has sprung that series of frightful nationalistic quarrels, originated by the Teutonic nations in their rise to power, which we have seen in this 20th century and in our own lifetime wreck the peace and mar the prospects of all mankind.
What is this plight to which Europe has been reduced? Some of the smaller states have indeed made a good recovery, but over wide areas are a vast, quivering mass of tormented, hungry, careworn and bewildered human beings, who wait in the ruins of their cities and homes and scan the dark horizons for the approach of some new form of tyranny or terror. Among the victors there is a Babel of voices, among the vanquished the sullen silence of despair. That is all that Europeans, grouped in so many ancient states and nations, and that is all that the Germanic races have got by tearing each other to pieces and spreading havoc far and wide. Indeed, but for the fact that the great republic across the Atlantic realised that the ruin or enslavement of Europe would involve her own fate as well, and stretched out hands of succour and guidance, the Dark Ages would have returned in all their cruelty and squalor. They may still return.
Yet all the while there is a remedy which, if it were generally and spontaneously adopted by the great majority of people in many lands, would as by a miracle transform the whole scene and would in a few years make all Europe, or the greater part of it, as free and happy as Switzerland is today. What is this sovereign remedy? It is to recreate the European fabric, or as much of it as we can, and to provide it with a structure under which it can dwell in peace, safety and freedom. We must build a kind of United States of Europe. In this way only will hundreds of millions of toilers be able to regain the simple joys and hopes which make life worth living. The process is simple. All that is needed is the resolve of hundreds of millions of men and women to do right instead of wrong and to gain as their reward blessing instead of cursing.
Exactly, a co-operating pack. It was perfectly sensible to introduce co-operation in other areas, the Schengen Treaty being a good example. The problem is that it has become increasingly obvious that some want to go way beyond close co-operation. The aim now seems to be to create a literal United States Of Europe, with a single central government. Personally I can't see any of the member states accepting that. The EU desperately needs to reform, the problem being that any meaningful reform would have to be undertaken by the very people who would likely lose their jobs as a result. Not surprisingly they are about as likely to do this as turkeys are to vote for Christmas. It's a great shame as the EU was a great idea, and still can be If they can get a grip of the very clear problems it has. I hope the shock of us leaving will force some real reform, but I doubt it. If another major country leaves, and I suspect France may be next, then the whole thing will fall apart, which would be a great shame.Thanks for the debunking of the "we only signed up to a trading club" nonsense. I voted to join and remember a lot of discussion about how trading would open the door to an ever increasing union in the future. Those who believe we were overrun by the armies of "ruling unelected Brussels bureaucrats" should remember that there are more civil servants up Newcastle way in the department of work and pensions than in Brussels! Brussels produced proposals for the members to debate, much as in the UK where legislation is also drawn up by unelected civil servants, and only later approved (or not) by the ministers concerned, before being debated (or pushed through by the whips) in the House.
Churchill saw that the pooling of sovereignity (every member gave some up) would deliver a symbiotic advantage, the sum being more powerful than the parts. Rather useful in an increasingly global world largely controlled by economic might.
I can't help thinking of a future ocean of sharks, where it will pay to be a big one, or a member of a co-operating pack. Or maybe one of those small camp follower fish that scavenge their shark host for parasites and crumbs from his fearsome bite...
Like every big organisation, there are some empire builders inside the European Parliament.The aim now seems to be to create a literal United States Of Europe
Macron won the French election out of nowhere, in an almost Trumpesque upset. He did so on the back of promises he has been unable to fulfil and is now deeply unpopular. Who is waiting in the wings, the likes of Marie Le Penn, right wing nationalists. They have made it very clear that they would seek to leave, so I wouldn't be so sure. Very sadly these sort of right wing politicians are gaining popularity in many countries, and many have similar anti EU views.Like every big organisation, there are some empire builders inside the European Parliament.
But there are also plenty of more moderates wanting a looser Union.
There is also 27 nation states most of which don't want a political union.
"United States of Europe" is a one sided view, part of a Brexiters armoury.
Polling consistency shows EU is popular in pretty much every EU nation, there's no chance of any wanting to leave, esp France.
The problem is the UK media is full of stories claiming "XYZ country on verge of leaving".......usually quoting some unnamed minor politician.