What Did The EU Ever Do For Us?


Not much, apart from:

  • Providing 57% of our trade.
  • Structural funding to areas hit by industrial decline.
  • Clean beaches and rivers.
  • Cleaner air.
  • Lead free petrol.
  • Restrictions on landfill dumping.
  • A recycling culture.
  • Cheaper mobile charges.
  • Cheaper air travel.
  • Improved consumer protection and food labelling.
  • A ban on growth hormones and other harmful food additives.
  • Better product safety.
  • Single market competition bringing quality improvements and better industrial performance.
  • Break up of monopolies.
  • Europe-wide patent and copyright protection.
  • No paperwork or customs for exports throughout the single market.
  • Price transparency and removal of commission on currency exchanges across the
  • Eurozone.
  • Freedom to travel, live and work across Europe.
  • Funded opportunities for young people to undertake study or work placements abroad.
  • Access to European health services.
  • Labour protection and enhanced social welfare.
  • Smoke-free workplaces.
  • Equal pay legislation.
  • Holiday entitlement.
  • The right not to work more than a 48-hour week without overtime.
  • Strongest wildlife protection in the world.
  • Improved animal welfare in food production.
  • EU-funded research and industrial collaboration.
  • EU representation in international forums.
  • Bloc EEA negotiation at the WTO.
  • EU diplomatic efforts to uphold the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.
  • European arrest warrant.
  • Cross border policing to combat human trafficking, arms and drug smuggling.counter terrorism intelligence.
  • European civil and military co-operation in post-conflict zones in Europe and Africa.
  • Support for democracy and human rights across Europe and beyond.
  • Investment across Europe contributing to better living standards and educational, social and cultural capital.
  • All of this is nothing compared with its greatest achievements: the EU has for 60 years been the foundation of peace between European neighbours after centuries of bloodshed.
  • It furthermore assisted the extraordinary political, social and economic transformation of 13 former dictatorships, now EU members, since 1980.
  • Now the union faces major challenges brought on by neoliberal economic globalisation, and worsened by its own systemic weaknesses. It is taking measures to overcome these. We in the
  • Uk should reflect on whether our net contribution of £7bn out of total government expenditure of £695bn is good value. We must play a full part in enabling the union to be a force for good in a multi-polar global future.

Compiled by Simon Sweeney, a lecturer in International Political Economy at the University of York, and one of the “experts” that the Leave campaign hates so much.


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