Should we leave the EU?

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David Cameron has set out his demands for European Union reform kicking off a new phase in the renegotiation process.

The six page letter sets out four areas in which Britain wants to reform EU rules – economic governance, competitiveness, sovereignty and immigration:

  • Protection of the single market for Britain and other non-euro countries
  • Boosting competitiveness by setting a target for the reduction of the “burden” of red tape
  • Exempting Britain from “ever-closer union” and bolstering national parliaments
  • Restricting EU migrants’ access to in-work benefits such as tax credits

He vowed to throw his “heart and soul” into the campaign to keep Britain in the European Union once his reforms have been secured, warning that the nation could lose its “voice” on the world stage if it leaves.

A European Union referendum is due to take place before the end of 2017. Mr Cameron said the referendum is “perhaps the most important decision the British people will have to take at the ballot box in our lifetimes”.

What are your views? Should we stay or should we go?

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MorrisandDoris
9th Jun 2016
0
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The EU is dying its as simple as that, its just the fear of the unknown of going it alone thats keeping some people from joining the out vote.
We will all leave eventually our borders and currencies will be restored and we can carry on like before the EU.
So I shall be voting OUT to save our little island from even more trashing, we've stood alone before when Europe fell, we just need a real leader now !!
CAPTAIN B
24th Dec 2015
1
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The eu is a farce unelected spives wasting member states money. they have just awarded themselves a pay rise for 2016 and have backdated it to june this year. total cost £72m. !!!!!
juneclifton
18th Dec 2015
1
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They can't even agree with the court of auditors for eighteen years. I have no time for organisations who can't sort out their accounts. It shows it is a corrupt organisation. Who wants to be a part of such a set up.
nettap
17th Dec 2015
2
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All my working life I have been involved in foreign trade. The sooner we leave this un-democratic, self-serving gravy train the better. Free trade, the EU is the biggest anti-free trade conglomerate in the world. Look what they have done to poor old Greece!
Recently someone writing in the Times described it as the fourth Reich.
I could go on, but don't wish to bore you with details.
Red Head Swift
7th Dec 2015
1
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If we vote to leave it will take years and years to get out. The processes involved in getting out will cost billions as lawyers and accountants re write legal, commercial and social agreements.

Just like any other divorce the first thing that gets forgotten are the good things we have in common. And just like a divorce the people who benefit will be the lawyers. And of course as tax payers will be be the people who pay the bills, and they will run into billions.

Lets get some of the rules changed and start to recognize the massive benefits we have in membership.
Civilwords
4th Dec 2015
2
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The E.U is an undemocratic organisation that purpose is to support and promote business it is not designed to look after the people of Europe .We can trade within and outside of Europe without being a member and without the financial cost of being a member..
The public did not vote for the E.U but for the Common Market which was a totally different beast..
Munsterlander
30th Nov 2015
0
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NO don't leave. We are the 6th wealthiest country on earth why risk that! Just stay in and change some of the rules
thefilthycripple
27th Nov 2015
1
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The events of the last few months prove there is no EU it is Merkel's plaything and she will soon be deposed ! We need an early and decisive out vote ? Winston Churchill was one of the architects of the modern Europe but always saw it as a French /German axis with us in splendid isolation ,how shrewd he was .
Bernard Wooller
20th Nov 2015
3
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I think we need to leave the E. U. as soon as possible don't wait for Daves frankly weak spineless "please Mr E. U. can we have some more requests . Just give us the vote or better still just say were off. the E. U. is a corrupt (the audited accounts have never been passed by auditors) undemocratic,(E.U. parliament voted to stop the move of the E. U. to Strasbourg for 4 days a month the French have a veto ) see www.telegraph.co.uk › News › World News › Europe. Looking at all the News that has to do with E. U. it is what the German/ French States want that counts (see Greece soon to be Portugal and Merkal saying to the likes of Hungary & the Balkan states you will take Muslims into your country. These 2 states run the E. U. for there own ends & I for one say "I am happy to trade with you I do not want to be ruled by you "
pal23r
20th Nov 2015
6
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We could become a self sufficient country and bring manufacturing and fishing back to our shores and keep our own British people in jobs and teach them trades. Its time British people were put first and dont get me started on ex-Servicemen who are homeless!
BirdofParadise
13th Nov 2015
7
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We managed very well on our own before Europe. I want to be 'British' again. I am quite frankly sick to death of meddlesome Europe. We need to manage our own laws, borders and finances.
It sickens me to see billions of foreign aid going to corrupt countries when our National Health Service and education is on it knees.
Having open borders has backfired big time. Oh to be 'Great Britain' again.
BirdofParadise
13th Nov 2015
1
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I send very few Christmas cards now but i have for the past couple of years had calenders made from my best photos for just close friends.
thefilthycripple
12th Nov 2015
5
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Playing second fiddle to Germany and France is not for me ,we are better off ploughing our own furrow !
Munsterlander
30th Nov 2015
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I don't think we play 2nd fiddle to them at all. we are all friends nowdays
MorrisandDoris
9th Jun 2016
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Friends, seriously !!

Most of Europe hate us and probably most of the world do too,

We are seen as a soft touch because we have for many years had weak and spineless governments.
thefilthycripple
1st Dec 2015
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We have always had to go cap in hand to the Germans and French ,we had to be nice to the odious De Gaulle to get in originally .Our leaders tell us we must be in all wars but Germany do very without joining in !
internationallady
12th Nov 2015
3
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Right now I would vote to leave, this is not the EU I voted to join. The US and China will not like it but it wont stop them trading with us. The EU wont like it, as it leaves them short on cash, and the MEPs wont like it as it leaves them out of a job, but it is time to go. It has become a bureaucratic nightmare.
Westminster
11th Nov 2015
2
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If the UK was not already a member, would we vote to join the EU, I doubt it.
It costs us £15 billion annually, and we are cutting Tax Credits for the poor in order to pay the EU.
Surely our own people should come first.
JohnHerb
11th Nov 2015
3
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Stay in and continue to trade with the EU and outside it. Both Obama and Xi in China have said they would also prefer to see the UK in the EU and influence it for the better. Globalisation exists and we need to be part of it. There are problems and issues but so there are in all countries and the UK is at the top of the best countries to live it. I would not want to risk that.
MorrisandDoris
9th Jun 2016
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Well one thing you are right about, it is one of the top countries to live in,look no further than Calais the Albanians are dying to get here and so are hundreds of thousands of other nationalities I don't think its our benefit system so it most be Fish and Chips !! nobody does them like the British !!
scandiman
11th Nov 2015
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I think that we should hand over the entire governance of this country to EU right now. We should cut the waffle, lies and pretence. There is not a single politician of any standing who is willing to stand up for UK, so let's end the agony now, let's get it over with. Since Maggie T we haven't had a PM who has stuck to their guns and fought for us. We have become a third rate power that does as it is told. We are becoming a laughing stock around the world. Either we get out of EU asap, or admit defeat. I am sick of the endless double speak, lies, waffle and prevarication.
Munsterlander
30th Nov 2015
2
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Not sure why you say UK is 3rd rate. We are the 6th wealthiest country and 4th most powerful military after US, Russia and China
Wilf
11th Nov 2015
3
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I think its much better to stay in and negotiate from within. The UK is the 7th wealthiest country globally and the EU is the worlds largest and wealthiest trading bloc. We could regret leaving.
MorrisandDoris
9th Jun 2016
0
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Negotiate with the EU, really

Good luck with that then !!

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