Most people in the UK strongly oppose a federal EU state. We are fed up with the continual power grab??by Brussels, and the dissimulation by this government as they give more and more power away. Yesterday in the House??Conservatives failed to get a commitment to a referendum on part of the Constitution when we pressed, if they decide to smuggle some of it in by the back door. It is typical of this government’s approach.
Some now think the only answer is to declare unilateral withdrawal from the EU. There are two big problems with this approach. The first is there are??no MPs??elected??to vote for this in the present Parliament, and no-one thinks there will be any elected on such a ticket for a fringe party after the next election either. Secondly, we would need a series of agreements with the EU and other European countries which would need to be negotiated when changing the relationship. For example, we need agreement for landing rights at continental airports, train route agreements through the Tunnel, general trading agreements, environmental agreements over cross border pollution, agreements over the use of the North Sea and Channel.
Countries outside the EU like Switzerland have a complex series of agreements with the EU to sort out trade, transport, environmental and border issues.
The issue therefore is a simple one. If you like me belong to the Eurosceptic majority that wants a different relationship with the neighbours, is it best to negotiate without unilateral withdrawal, or try to negotiate after you have pulled out?
It seems obvious that you should negotiate. The best approach is for the UK government to seek to negotiate a relationship we can be happy with, and then put that to the UK people in a referendum. The fact that the result of the negotiation will?? be put to the people would give the continental negotiators an incentive to give us a better deal, for otherwise the UK will reject it.
In the last three General Elections Eurosceptics have split their votes, giving the federalists an even bigger majority. It is ridiculous that a country which opposes the Euro, common borders, a common foreign and security policy and the constitution by big margins should be represented by a Lab Lib majority who want all these things.