This article turned up on Yr Obdt srvt’s feed today, so I’m passing it on.

There are a lot more points than I’m quoting here, so please visit the page for further reading.

If you were told that 80% of our laws were imposed upon us by an unelected foreign bureaucracy, you would of course consider it to be a democratic outrage. If, on top of that, you heard that it cost us billions of pounds per day for the privilege, you would probably be apoplectic.

Yet this is exactly what certain politicians and several newspapers repeat again and again to the British people. And it is a load of nonsense.

“Most of our laws come from Brussels”

Not true. The independent House of Commons library found that the real proportion is just 13.2% of our laws. And these figures include everything that even mentions the EU, even if it’s just a “passing reference” or a definition, according to the researchers!

“The EU forces its will on member countries”

Not true. Firstly, we don’t decide anything at EU level unless all member countries have explicitly agreed by treaty to do so — and even then, the actual legislation needs an overwhelming majority of national governments in the EU Council to approve it. For sensitive matters like tax and foreign affairs, all countries need to agree. As even a minister in our current UK eurosceptic government admits, “It is very hard to find an EU regulation of significance that has been forced on an unwilling British minister who voted against it”!

“EU membership costs us a fortune.”

Not true. In fact, our own (rather eurosceptic) government estimates that EU membership is worth £3000 a year to every British family. And the budget for the whole EU is just 1% of GDP — that’s just about 2% of our national public spending!

“Britons lose out because of EU migration”

Not true. In fact, British people are the EU’s biggest beneficiaries of the right to settle anywhere in the EU: more British people live in other EU countries than any other nationality! There are as many Brits living elsewhere in the EU as there are other EU nationals in Britain.

“EU migrants are a drain on our resources”

Not true. Firstly, most migrants in Britain are from outside the EU. Secondly, those that come here from our European neighbours pay far more in tax than they take in services and benefits. Most EU citizens living in the UK are young and contribute to our economy, having been educated and trained recently at the expense of their own country’s taxpayers. They have no right to jump the queue for benefits of any kind, and they can only come to Britain to work or if they’re self-sufficient.

“British businesses are drowning in EU red tape”

Not true. After all, most EU legislation actually cuts red tape by replacing 28 divergent sets of national rules with a single set of pan-European common rules for the common market. This saves businesses from duplication and compliance costs. Just one example: it’s now possible to register a trademark once, valid across 28 countries, instead of having to do 28 different sets of form-filling, registering, troubleshooting and fee-paying. Moreover, as the Federation of Small Businesses argued recently, EU-wide rules actually protect British businesses from competitors abroad who might undercut our high standards if they could.

“We were told we were only joining a free trade zone”

Not true. We actually left a free trade zone (EFTA) to join the EU, specifically because we felt free trade was not enough. The Wilson government, setting out its reasons for applying in 1967, stressed that “Europe is now faced with the opportunity of a great move forward in political unity and that we can — and indeed we must — play our full part in it”.

Source: Mythbusters – Richard Corbett

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