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All other EU countries fairly cheesed off too

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ipsogenix Fri 10-Jun-16 14:30:28

This article says the other EU members are pretty cheesed off with the EU too.

Are any MNers in other EU countries, and do you agree?

Might there be a push from all the member countries to reform the EU, if we stay in?

Winterbiscuit Fri 10-Jun-16 23:59:47

Might there be a push from all the member countries to reform the EU, if we stay in?

How would this be done, if it hasn't happened during the time we've already been in the EU? If the EU is as unreformable as it seems, I think unrest and moves to the far right will probably continue rather than any meaningful reform.

Jaynebxl Sat 11-Jun-16 11:27:32

There's an ongoing push for reform in the EU. It's been happening for years and things have been changing. I'm more confident of the ongoing reform in the EU than any chance of reform amongst the posh boys club of our own government.

Limer Sat 11-Jun-16 11:48:51

40+ years' membership - and the only reform has been more and more control from Brussels, the gradual creeping towards an EU superstate of one-size-fits-all social, political and economic unity. Transfer of wealth from the richest to the poorest, transfer of the unemployment from the poorest to the richest. Future plans are for this overall process to be accelerated, expanding the EU and subsuming the individual countries into one giant federal mass.

I know Danes, Swedes and Dutch - they all envy the UK for our referendum and hope that once we're out, they can demand the same of their governments.

juneau Sat 11-Jun-16 12:05:51

The EU is not going to reform any time soon, mainly because a) the powerful guys running it aren't accountable to anyone and b) there are 28 nations that have to agree every damn thing and its almost impossible to find consensus among so many nations with their own agendas.

No, I think the only way the EU will reform is if they have a massive fucking wake-up call in the shape of a powerful nation like Britain leaving and that leading to a clamour for referendums in other nations to be allowed a vote on staying/leaving. They're so bloody complacent it will take an earthquake like Brexit to shake them up.

ChardonnayKnickertonSmythe Sat 11-Jun-16 12:09:26

I think if the UK leaves and if nothing catastrophic happens here overnight it might actually disintegrate.

Jaynebxl Sat 11-Jun-16 12:30:37

Rubbish. There has been ongoing reform. Remember the days of Edith Cresson? There was a wave of specific reforms after that debacle. And the whistle blower Paul Van Buitenen. If you really believe there's not been any reforms in the EU then you are misinformed of how things operate.

Limer Sat 11-Jun-16 12:32:04

I agree Chardonnay but the disintegration process will be slow and painful. The EU will be in a state of flux while more of the richer countries leave and poorer ones join, it won't be able to afford many of its grand ideas and will have to downsize plans, and it will end up with a rump of poor Eastern/Southern European countries and Germany in some form of political and economic union. They might change the name then.

Winterbiscuit Sat 11-Jun-16 13:30:52

I'm more confident of the ongoing reform in the EU than any chance of reform amongst the posh boys club of our own government.

Have you read about Bilderberg?

Bilderberg Pro-EU Guest List Confirmed"

"As Heat Street has previously made clear, the secretive Bilderberg Group is rabidly anti-Brexit and ultra pro-EU."

"This year’s meeting, held in the German city of Dresden between Thursday and Sunday, will be no different."

"No Brexiteers have been invited."

"Having seen the guest list of the so-called shadow world government"..."it confirms that the attendees from Britain and Ireland have been campaigning publicly for months to keep Britain IN."

"The Bilderberg Group is often called the ‘shadow world government’."

"But you do not have to be Sherlock Holmes to know that only one topic will be on the agenda at this year’s highly secretive gathering of politicos and industrialists: the EU referendum."

"The giveaway as to Bilderberg’s anti-Brexit agenda lies in a quick look at its 31-strong steering committee."

"It is groaning with those who have spoken out against Brexit recently."

"From ex-European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso to ex-MI6 chief Sir John Sawers and CEO of Ryanair Michael O’Leary, all have been scaremongering about the dangers of Britain quitting the EU."

Bilderberg 2016: Bilderberg 2016: Elites Fear Brexit Would Reverse 70 Years of Atlanticism

"Conspiracy theorists claim the Bilderberg Group is a cabal of 130 of the world’s most powerful public and private crony leaders plotting for global domination, but this year’s meeting is all about leaders trying to save globalism from Brexit."

"To the dismay of the Bilderbergs after 70 years of trying to suppress nation states, Stratfor argues that the ascendant forces within Europe are national and that is forcing countries to put their own interests first"

"Leaked documents from the 1955 Bilderberg Group conference held in Germany discuss the agenda to create a European Union and a single EU currency, decades before they were introduced, disproving once again debunkers who claim that Bilderberg has no influence over world events."

here editor Tony Gosling gave an exclusive interview in front of the Taschenbergpalais Hotel the site of Bilderberg 2016

Exclusive: Bilderberg Planning to Trigger Financial Collapse: "Secretive group positioning itself to profit from upcoming economic meltdown"

AnneElliott Sat 11-Jun-16 16:23:40

It's interesting to think what would happen in other countries if we did vote out.

I met some Danish civil servants the other week and they said if we vote out, then they will be close behind. Apparently there's a lot the Danes aren't happy about with the EU.

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