08 May 2013

Good for them but not for us – How can the British continue to encourage Ukrainians to work more closely with the EU when many in the UK would vote to leave the EU if given the choice.

This week a former member of Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet, (1981-89) and former Chancellor of the Exchequer – Nigel Lawson, declared that Britain would be better off OUT of the EU than in it.

See: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2320945/The-Euro-charade-Nigel-Lawsons-absolutely-right-The-idea-renegotiate-EU-pure-fantasy--voters-fall-it.html


He is the first leading conservative to share his views openly. Many suspect he is just one of thousands of members of the conservative party who share like minded views on Britain’s membership of the EU.  Moreover, many believe that the British Prime Minister David Cameron would be wasting his time in trying to renegotiate the terms of membership of the EU.


My opinion is that if the British government were brave enough to offer the British public a vote on EU membership, in answer to the simple question: ‘’Should the UK continue to be a member of the EU – Yes or No’’, the over whelming majority would vote NO


Britain’s continuing membership of the EU is going to be one of the most important topics of discussion right up to the next general election in 2015. The increased profile of UKIP (United Kingdom Independence Party) during the recent county council elections in the UK has further helped to challenge the British government.


So, how can the British continue to encourage Ukrainians to forge a deeper relationship with the EU by signing an Association Agreement and free trade agreement later this year?


Open for discussion.

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