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I'm back from Europe and it really is "us and them"

3rd May 2016
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Just back from a day 10 stint on the Adriatic and in advance I had wondered how it might have affected my pro-Brexit stance . I moved around , hired a car and spnt a wee bit of money - overall a mix of experiences and places within the country.

I had to change Sterling for Euros so a neutral effect 

My phone charges are lower due to the meddling of the Eurocrats but no doubt if we were not there Ofcom would have done something anyway

Italian don't like speaking or cannot speak much English but they are friendly - no sway there

Health and safety was quite lacking , most noticeable at roadworks where holes are not adequately fenced and hi-vis / hard hats are of the "lesser-spotted" variety . Perhaps it is only us mugs that obey all diktats emanating from Brussels 

British cars were very popular - Mini and Range Rover - so if they like our motors so much will they stop buying if we Brexit ? I doubt it

So , in conclusion and in a most unscientific way I saw nothing "over there" to make me change my mind. In fact I watched "Us and Them" on the iPlayer while there and it only reinforced my opinion

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By ShirleyM
03rd May 2016 16:17

If the newspapers are to believed then the UK are giving money to Italy (and France) to help with their unemployment problem. France is still threatening us with one thing or another if we Brexit. In other words, not much has changed while you were away. :)

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By ShirleyM
03rd May 2016 16:20

ps. Why did the EU give a grant to Ford, to help them move production from the UK to Turkey. I thought being a member of the EU was supposed to benefit us.
(I can't edit my previous post).

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By Knight Rider
03rd May 2016 16:27

I suspect you already know the answer to this question!

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By Knight Rider
03rd May 2016 17:51

Whenever there is a piece of good news a spokesman for remain will try to give the eu credit for it and so it is with eu roaming charges!
http://eureferendum.com/blogview.aspx?blogno=86008
They even claim credit for unleaded petrol,clean beaches and employment legislation as well as perhaps most extraordinarily food labelling. Did you see horse on any labels?!
Im sure the Italians will buy British cars irrespective of whether the UK is in the EU. We buy cars from the Far East, India (Dacias are built there),Turkey and South America without being swayed by the EU status of the country of manufacture.
As a net importer of manufactured goods the UK stands to be a beneficiary of any introduction of tariffs.

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By ShirleyM
03rd May 2016 18:11

It may also encourage more people to buy British. That would be an extra bonus as it would help our economy. I am sick of hearing (in newspapers) how workers will lose all their hard won rights to holiday pay, etc. if we leave the EU. If TTIP goes through we can forget about having any rights at all.

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By Norman Younger
04th May 2016 18:09

If Trumps makes it to White House and we leave EU things will certainly get interesting and perhaps we can pivot west and prosper . Who knows but tine to step out of our risk-averse persona

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By ShirleyM
04th May 2016 21:16

Staying in is for the risk takers. I read today that the EU put a 30 yr ban (in 2013) to prevent the public from viewing the TTIP negotiation documents! Thank goodness for Greenpeace.
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/ttip-leaks-shocking-what-are-they-eu...

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By Norman Younger
06th May 2016 09:50

I think leaving is also for risk-takers but if you weigh up the respective risks I am minded to go for leaving . Usually the risks of doom and gloom of the unknown are overblown by the other side who lack a credible argument
Each day brings more negative news from EU and the simple question (that will guide your decision) you must ask is this " they are worried that if we leave others will follow - why is that?"

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By carnmores
06th May 2016 14:37

what a load of nonsense. 'My phone charges are lower due to the meddling of the Eurocrats but no doubt if we were not there Ofcom would have done something anyway'your mind is closed thats fairly obvious from your other posts

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By Knight Rider
06th May 2016 18:15

Not necessarily Ofcom but an international body such as the OECD or World Trade Organisation. Countries outside the Eu (of which there are many) have got rid of these charges.

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By Norman Younger
08th May 2016 10:46

My mind is not "closed" as you state . It is firmly made up having seen both sides of the argument. Clearly there are risks but on balance I have decided that it is worth the risk. Bring me concrete evidence or a compelling argument not already made and and I may well change my mind .
It is the minds of the EU elite that are firmly closed to the dissatisfaction of its denizens

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