If we examine the legacy that the UK has left Europe, the list is anything but small.
First, the number of members. That we are 27 (soon 28) is due in large part to the continued support from the UK to EU enlargement. The fact is that we are a large, open Europe largely thanks to the UK. The same is true of the internal market; no nation has led the project like the UK, which has been and is a major source of wealth and well-being of Europeans and we have also the main asset and appeal of the European presence in the world. From the eighties of the last century, thanks to the vision of the UK, and its support of the use of qualified majority for matters related to the internal market, we have made rapid progress on the path of market creation, inward and outward , while keeping under constant budgetary control policies such as agriculture, which came to rampage and absorb more than half of the EU budget. Unfortunately, the EU has a budget too small, largely because of the United Kingdom, but also more rational, transparent and geared to innovation and jobs through the British effort clip the wings of the alliance between regional agricultural stakeholders and European bureaucracy.
And it is also true that the EU, with its variable geometry, in which Danish, Irish, Swedish and British can accommodate their desire not to be part of the Euro, that defence, freedom of movement and social policy is also the responsibility of London. Not to mention foreign policy and European security, inconceivable without the participation of the United Kingdom, as the Germans, as has been demonstrated many times, are not up to the job of helping the EU to become a global player. The fact is that, for better or worse, whether we like it or not, the legacy of the United Kingdom is a powerful and current one. It is paradoxical that the UK has to leave the EU it is moulded so deeply. And on top, after they leave, we will continue using English to understand a British Europe without Britain.
Friday, 7 December 2012
They'll miss us when we're gone
From Snr JI Torreblanca writing in El Pais;