EU Laws “Smothering” Britain
“Rubber stamped” EU laws are being imposed on Britain, says a British Parliament member and his peers who are pushing for a bill to investigate the effects and cost of EU membership.
Lord Pearson, a member of the United Kingdom Independence Party—a political party whose aim is the UK’s withdrawal from the EU—said most of the laws affecting British business originated in Brussels and were passed in the Commons and the Lords without proper debate.
His bill, the European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) Bill, was introduced into debate in June and calls for an independent committee to study the implications of the UK leaving the EU. The analysis would include outlining the financial cost of EU membership and its effects on the economy, constitution and security.
Although Lord Pearson admits the government will “go a long way to avoid any inquiry of this kind,” the bill is one more voice crying out for the UK to seriously reconsider its EU membership.
Adding to the controversy are fresh figures from Britain’s Treasury showing that Britain’s net payments to Brussels will double to _6.4 billion within four years. The data, analyzed by the think tank Global Vision, revealed that average net payments will rise sharply during the period from 2011 to 2014 from a previous average of _3.27 billion a year over the past decade. The main cause for the spike in payments was Tony Blair’s decision in December 2005 to cut back the UK’s rebate by exempting new members.
During the same time, the poorer areas of northern England and Scotland will lose structural funds as the EU transfers payments to former Communist states in Eastern Europe. Ruth Lea, director of Global Vision, said these transfers benefit Germany far more than Britain because this is “Germany’s economic hinterland.” “We think Britain needs a totally different kind of partnership with Europe, outside the EU,” she said (Telegraph, June 8).
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