I am probably going to make several posts on this topic, but I thought I would make the first one, for now.
There is to be an EU referendum, which I think is good as it will put an end to the discussion about should we be in it or should we leave it. I also think that we should be in the EU.
Here are some of the reasons.
1; Bankers - Of the nations of Western Europe, there are two who are out of the EU and do well. Norway and Switzerland. Norway has oil, and lots of it. Switzerland has its financial sector. Yes, they make chocolates, drugs and watches but it is a major banking sector.
2: Manufacturing - In the UK, we have falling supplies of oil and gas, our manufacturing sector is getting smaller and while Britain is great, our ability to export may not be enough to compete against China and other BRICS nations. We are still making things, but we export a lot to Europe. Cars for example are produced in the UK, but I can not see Honda, Nissan, Jaguar Land Rover and the many companies that make cars in the UK staying if we have to pay import duties into the EU.
3: America - Not only did the US vote in Bush the second, they did it twice. And at the time of making this post, Trump is ahead in the polls to be the GOP candidate. I would rather be closer to Europe than the USA (though I would prefer to be close to both) because of this.
When I get other ideas, I will post again. Good night!