The memory of some who now??want out of the EU??is very hazy.
Some of them voted Yes to remaining in the EEC?? when we had a referendum in 1975.It was a great pity they did not read the Treaty of Rome then . which is the origin of all the transfers of power which have happened since.
In 1975 I had just got my first job in the City after graduating. My employer asked me to write a memorandum on the consequences??for the economy and shares of a Yes and a No vote in the referendum. As I read the Treaty of Rome and the terms of British entry I realised that we would have to pay a lot in by way of contribution. We would liberalise trade in goods, giving German and French manufacturers a great advantage as they were better than many of our producers then were. The French and Germans would not liberalise services, where we had the advantage. My forecasts set out how we would run two large?? deficits – a deficit on revenue account as we paid many of the bills for the Community as a whole, and a bigger deficit on trade account as we bought their BMWs and bottles of wine, but they would not buy our insurance policies or our?? banking services. So it proved, and the numbers remained horrendous until Margaret Thatcher insisted in a?? renegotiation on getting some of our large contribution back. Incidentally, my employer did not like my analysis showing what a bad deal the government had negotiated, and added to my memo that share prices would fall if people voted "No", as that was the prevailing mood at the time, created by the government that argued the UK would not have a good economic future outside the EEC, for no obvious reason.
Some try to suggest today that it is all the Conservatives fault that the EU has so much power. In practise it is the fault of?? the Labour government who advised people to vote Yes in 1975 without spelling out just how much power was being transferred, and all those who were taken in by their misleading statements. All three main parties officially proposed joining and staying in. There were always more Eurosceptics on the Conservative side, although there were some good sceptics in the Labour party as well. Liberal Democrats have been consistently federalist.
Subsequently this Labour government has given more power away than any other, through surrendering so many vetoes at Nice and Amsterdam (??all opposed by the Conservatives)??, by wanting to join the Euro in principle, and signing up to the Constitution.
We need a vote on our relationship with the EU. It is so frustrating that this government will not give us the vote we need on either the Euro or the Constitution, so people could show that they are happy to trade with the continent, but do not wish to be governed by an ever more powerful and centralised EU.