Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Things that threaten to turn me anti-EU (part 102 in an occasional series)

The winning logo for next year's celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome:

And in the accompanying story, the killer quote:
"The winner was named amid reports that the EU is scaling back celebration plans, fearing public ridicule."
*sigh*

They really do themselves no favours, do they?

And that's before I even attempt to start explaining the supposed costs of EU membership - which, short version, it is pretty much impossible to do without being able to put a definite figure on the benefits of membership (simple cost-benefit analysis, after all, would mean that if costs of £2000 a head lead to benefits of £3000 a head, we're doing pretty well). Sadly, it is entirely impossible to put a firm financial figure on the benefits of EU membership, because so many aspects of the claimed benefits are entirely unknowable...

Ho hum. Back to the grindstone...

4 Comments:

Blogger Devil's Kitchen said...

NM,

I'll try to find the link, but in his speech to the Open Europe group (whom I would assume that you support, as they advocate membership but reform of the EU?) Hague put the benefits at £20 billion per year.

According to the Civitas report on the issue, 79% of all of our trade is done within Britain. Only 10% of our trade and services have their end destination in EU countries.

DK

10/17/2006 03:53:00 pm  
Blogger Geoff said...

That cost assumes that we would have none of those regulations without the EU. I doubt it - I imagine Whitehall would be capable of coming up with quite a few regulations of its own accord even if we weren't a member.

And anyway, yes, the regulations may cost money, but I wouldn't be surprised to find a lot of those pesky regulations are actually there protecting silly trivial things like the environment, health and safety, workers rights and so on.

10/17/2006 05:07:00 pm  
Blogger Devil's Kitchen said...

Geoff,

What is definitely damaging is the fact that we are unable to negotiate trade agreements outwith the EU: this is reckoned to cost as much as £100 billion per year.

DK

10/17/2006 05:27:00 pm  
Anonymous DogPatch said...

Hague did say £20 billion- he said "it is widely accepted that the Single Market makes a contribution to the EU’s GDP of 1.8 per cent a year, worth £20 billion annually to Britain and an average increase of wealth in a European household of £3,800."

Cant remember if this figure is based on Open Europe's research or official government figures.

If your interested in looking at cost to business, have a look at MiFiD- if you can understand it- this directive will/ has down a great deal of damage to the UK.

10/19/2006 06:15:00 pm  

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