Presentation to the South West delegation at the European Parliament, Strasbourg – March 2019
Representatives from pro EU groups across the South West joined Molly Scott Cato in Strasbourg to visit the European Parliament followed by an evening reception. This excellent presentation traces the history and growth of the EU from six members of the Treaty of Paris (European Coal and Steel Community) in 1952 to the current 28 members of the Treaty of Lisbon in 2009. At its heart is a European peace project for a fraction of member state budgets as the graphics below show.
For Britain it has been a grumpy relationship that took nearly 25 years for the UK to overcome its ‘sovereignty and insularity’ complex followed by a tempestuous referendum. The article below argues that Britain joined the EU as a way of avoiding economic decline relative to the EU6:
“Britain joined the EU as a way to avoid its economic decline. The UK’s per capita GDP relative to the EU founding members’ declined steadily from 1945 to 1972. However, it was relatively stable between 1973 and 2010. This suggests substantial benefits from EU membership especially considering that, by sponsoring an overpowered integration model, Britain joined too late, at a bad moment in time, and at an avoidably larger cost.”
Mechanics of the EU legalistature
Slides 31 and 32 show how proposals are initiated and eventually adopted. Slides 35 onwards summarise the Article 50 Brexit process and resolutions. Of particular interest is the map on slide 46 showing where EU has struck free trade deals:
There are hyperlinks to Euromyths, fake news and various other fact sheets on slide 54 that the British media has drip fed selectively over the last three decades.
To appreciate what EU does for us we recommend What Europe does for me