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  1. Watch the video by Professor Michael Dougan and he makes that very point. Very little gets passed in the EU without the agreement of the Big 3, Britain France and Germany. However as we have seen even a small province in Belgium can upset the apple cart and force adjustments so it isn't all one way.
  2. Quite a powerful woman that Merkel not only does she run the EU but apparently she can also dictate to the Chinese government.
  3. Quite right but if you read posts by Khun Han you would think she was running the EU. I think this poster was making that point albeit with a dose of sarcasm.
  4. I think he was being sarcastic.
  5. You have to be careful I posted that I admired the Germans for their economic success and was immediately pounced on, "You have described yourself completely. Your admiration for the Germans is now in print." Apparently in Brexit World that is now a crime.
  6. Yep Germany were so powerful they could not even force us into the Euro or Schengen and they had to concede rebates, opt outs and various exemptions.
  7. Sadly he is off on another of his anti German rants so nothing new there.
  8. Really since we have had that ability all this time how come that this powerful economic tool hasn't been translated into the sort of economic progress we have seen with the German economy since WW2. When Germany had the DM it became the most powerful economy in Europe and since apparently losing the ability to re/de value its currency it still continues as the most powerful economy in Europe. Oh I forgot we mustn't express admiration for the Germans.
  9. Another politically biased statement came from HMRC In its first statement on the matter, Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs told the Treasury select committee it estimates that the number of customs declarations at Dover and elsewhere could rise from 60m a year to 300m a year after the UK leaves the EU. HMRC also admitted it is no longer sure that it can deliver on time a new customs declaration system for all lorries coming in and out of the ports.
  10. I think that was the point Churchill was making in the sentence you omitted but he added the downside as well.
  11. We are talking about a single market involving 28 countries most of whom are now using the Euro and from someone at the sharp end that knows a lot more about that sort of thing than either of us apparently it is working well. In poll after poll it appears the Europeans like the Euro its just the whinging Brits who are not even in the Euro that find cause to complain. Just like the Schengen area, poll after poll shows it enjoys support from Europeans who are in it and the biggest whingers yet again especially on this forum are Brits who are not in it. If you don't believe me mention the Schengen zone to Khun Han However as with most things you want to go to the extreme every time.
  12. I think this article explains it better than ever I could but I fear that it may not be accessible but basically it boils downs to the single currency being a work in progress it was never meant to be a solution to all problems from day 1. http://www.economist.com/node/11362788
  13. well there we can agree to differ and I appreciate the problems that have been experienced with the single currency but if you have a single market then a single currency makes sense. In fact I was watching a German Industrialist (that should annoy Flustered) who was making that very point about working with the single currency.
  14. Nor in yours constantly whining about how the last election was lost by May thanks to all those students especially the ones living in Kennsington and Chelsea.
  15. Your last sentence sums you up admirably but you just cant see it. You persuaded to see another point of view I hardly think so judging from your posts on this subject or if you did it must have been a very minor matter. UKIP winning a so called resounding victory in MEP elections they in fact won 24 seats compared to Labour's 20 and the Tories 19 was only of marginal impact since the place where referendums are initiated are in the UK Parliament and UKIP's representation there was just 1. It was Cameron with his fear of the hard right in his own party that was the deciding factor in holding a referendum. As Farage said there was no need for him to stand at the last election as the Tory Party under May had adopted all the UKIP policies and what happened, UKIP got wiped out and the Tory hard Brexit was given a bloody nose and resoundingly rejected. I gave expanding the number of countries as an example in how the EEC has evolved and I expect in 20 years from now we will see more changes and maybe even a change of name but it will be the same organisation still in the same building in the same city that has its roots in the Schuman Plan when six countries signed a treaty to run their heavy industries – coal and steel – under a common management. Nothing to do with A Common Market even. Building on the success of the Coal and Steel Treaty, the six countries expand cooperation to other economic sectors. They sign the Treaty of Rome, creating the European Economic Community (EEC), or ‘ common market’. The idea is for people, goods and services to move freely across borders. Just based on that little history is it any surprise that Thatcher signed the SEA or that the natural progression for a single market was a single currency?