Remain is a wild ride to political Union. A reluctant UK will be dragged into more loss of power and more integration than we want, whilst demanding more opt outs as the Euro drives the others to a political and fiscal Union. We will have to pay more of the bills for the failing Euro whilst battling to stay outside the immediate rescues and extra loans some countries and banks will need. The European budget will grow and will make bigger transfers to the weaker countries in the zone. The UK will contribute to this.
So here are some questions interviewers ought to put to the Remain people.
- How big will the EU budget become in future years? Won’t the UK have to contribute to a beefed up regional policy to help the Eurozone?
- How many economic migrants will come in the next five years, as the Eurozone has double the UK rate of unemployment and many parts of the wider EU have lower wages than us?
- How will the UK respond to the demands of the Commission and many member states for a new Treaty of political union?
- When will we get the Treaty amendment we have been promised as part of our renegotiation?
- How do you see the EU plans for fiscal Union and greater EU control of VAT and business taxes affecting the UK?
- When will the Ukraine and Turkey join the EU? Why does the UK support additional members of the EU when there are still such obvious problems integrating the last wave of new members?
- Will the UK continue to oppose joining in a scheme of quotas to take refugees who have arrived elsewhere in the EU? How long will it take other EU states to offer recent migrants EU citizenship and freedom of movement rights to settle anywhere in the EU?
- What is the average WTO tariff charged on non EU members trading with the EU and how does that compare with the tariff EU pay as members? (They are both very low and similar)