sandboy2 wrote:We watch from the edge of our seats at ringside as the two big heavyweights slug it out
Are you calling me fat?
sandboy2 wrote: The EU may no longer be working as originally conceived,
The EU is working exactly as it was conceived and it is all going to plan! The gradual slicing of rights and national identity so that no one notices until it is too late. To create problems and then propose the solution of more control from Brussels. (Encourage mass immigration and then introduce an EU controlled border force as the only way to police it. The EU provoked Russia by romancing The Ukraine and now is proposing an EU army to defend its self.)
sandboy2 wrote: a club of nations that, as others have mentioned, not insignificantly helps to unify the area in troubled times.
Belgium refused to supply the UK with ammunition during the Falklands war. Was this “unity” and the action of a fellow European? The EU is fast tracking Turkey to join, and giving them vast amounts of cash, despite Turkish aggression towards Greece, an EU member. The only unity I can see is that the actions of the Troika towards Greece has united Greece in a hatred of Germany in general and Wolfgang Schäuble in particular!
Another problem with this unity is that it only comes from the introduction of qualified majority voting which binds every country. The trade sanctions on Russia have damaged Greek exports of fruit and veg to their biggest market far more than they have hurt Russia. But, what the hell, it’s only Greece so who cares?
sandboy2 wrote:- I may have missed conjecture regarding those of us owning property in Crete after a possible Brexit. Things would hopefully still "rub along" in most ways pretty much as before - with goodwill and in everyone's interests
I suspect you are right even though the remainers use it as an argument to stay in.
Lastly, the problems (challenges) facing a brexit are well documented. What has not been addressed is what is on the Eu’s agenda for the future. Remember there is an unelected Council of Ministers whose sole function is to generate rules and regulations. According to the press, their next edict will be to impose limits on the power of your electric kettle as a follow up to the limit on vacuum cleaners. This despite scientific evidence that boiling a kettle more slowly uses more power as the heat loss is greater. Who knows what other stupidities they have in mind? Perhaps they want us all micro-chipped to prevent passport and ID card forgery and to help control illegal immigration. I don’t want to give them ideas but when it happens, just remember I told you so!
Contrary to what the remainers say, it is staying in the EU that is “a leap in the dark”.