Britain heading to national schism on exit from EU

Discussion between David Cameron, British Prime Minister, on the left, and José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC. (EU Audiovisual Services). Cameron pointing a finger to Barroso but the EC President obviously laughs with what he hears.

Discussion between David Cameron, British Prime Minister, on the left, and José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC. (EC Audiovisual Services). Cameron pointing a finger to Barroso but the EC President obviously laughs with what he hears.

Either the British conservatives have lost any sense of reality or they think that reality has to accommodate their problems. This time it was George Osborn, the Chancellor of the Exchequer who said that the European Union has to change or Britain will leave the club. For one thing being a British he knows very well that self-respecting clubs proudly keep their rules unchanged all along their existence that is for decades or even centuries.

Yet Osborn, speaking in an interview to the German newspaper Die Welt yesterday, said plainly that the EU must change if the UK is to stay in it in the future. And the man was not ill or something. Obviously this is not any more a matter of British arrogance but rather a psychic phenomenon.

Unfortunately Osborn is not the only person suffering from this political illness in his party. A number of Eurosceptic Tory deputies and other party militants have being very actively working for the exit of Britain from the EU for quite some time. And this despite the fact that the Country’s business community as expressed by the Confederation of British Industry is totally opposing an exit of their country from the European club. To be noted that CBI represents the Britain of the real economy, the people who sweat doing their job and not the financiers of the London City.

Businessmen want the EU

It was very characteristic how the CBI responded to PM David Cameron’s statement in the House of Commons on the outcome of the EU Summit, where he had vetoed the fiscal union of the EU.

According to a CBI press release, John Cridland, its Director-General, commented as follows:
“British business acknowledges the pressure that the Prime Minister was under at the EU Summit…
But businesses want the recriminations to stop while the UK moves swiftly to secure our influence in the single market. Forty per cent of UK trade is with the Eurozone economies and thousands of jobs depend on it.
The Coalition Government must re-double its efforts to ensure that the UK is not put at an economic disadvantage”.

Obviously the British people, who make a living in the real economy and not by spinning around other people’s money, do not want to be put at an economic disadvantage away from the EU.

The Tory Eurosceptics

Then why the Tories want Britain out of the European Union? The Sting has published the answer some time ago. It goes like that: “Unfortunately it seems that the London aristocracy, the back bone of the Tory Eurosceptic faction, will do whatever it takes to protect the financial industry of the City, even if this will cost dearly to the country as a whole. Why? Because the financiers of the City have made this square mile of the English soil worth its weight in gold. And guess what! This land belongs to the London aristocracy. Their children can also find lucrative jobs, actually doing nothing, in the City’s financial monsters”.

At this point it must be stressed that the Eurosceptic faction of the Conservative Party is promoting with all their powers a referendum for UK to depart from the EU. They insist that the Tories must appear in the next legislative election making this issue their party’s banner and press David Cameron very hard on that. The truth is however that not all the Tory deputies share this opinion.

The Labour Party

On the other side of the fence the Labour Party has quite the opposite political line favouring very strongly UK’s position firmly within the European Union. The party’s leader, Ed Miliband, speaking at the annual conference of CBI towards the end of 2012 definitively clarified the party’s policy on this crucial subject. Until then the Labour Party was a bit frozen vis-à-vis the issue of holding a referendum on Britain’s position in the EU.

However Miliband was adamant on this, speaking to his audience of British industrialists as follows: “Supporters of the UK’s membership of the European Union must make the case for its economic, political and strategic benefits to prevent Britain from “sleepwalking” to the exit door”.

The leader of the opposition also said he wanted to state the case for Europe “loudly”, warning that Britain would lose its influence outside the EU where it would find itself “voiceless and powerless”. He said after three decades of political consensus there was a growing concern across the rest of Europe that the UK was “heading for the departure lounge”.

Then he concluded: “For those like me who care passionately about our place in the European Union, we cannot remain silent. I will not let Britain “sleepwalk” towards an exit of the European Union because it would be bad for prosperity and it will be a betrayal of our national interests.”

Deep schism

There is no doubt that Britain appears now deeply divided on this issue. The closer the next  election the more acute will the confrontation between the two sides be. And this is the unfortunate outcome of the unfounded fears of the Tory Eurosceptic faction over the future of the London City, being allegedly threatened by the EU. An argument, which is obviously and completely groundless and out-of-place.

 

the sting Milestones

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

The 28 EU leaders show contempt for the European Elections results

The 100-year climate catastrophe of Mont Blanc

COVID-19 will accelerate the revolution in energy systems

Conflict prevention, mediation: among ‘most important tools’ to reduce human suffering, Guterres tells Security Council

How to build a digital infrastructure that benefits emerging economies

NextGenerationEU: European Commission gearing up for issuing €250 billion of NextGenerationEU green bonds

AI looks set to disrupt the established world order. Here’s how

Shenzhen just made all its buses electric, and taxis are next

OECD Secretary-General: coronavirus “war” demands joint action

Laws must protect, ‘not reject’ says UNAIDS chief on Zero Discrimination Day

JADE Spring Meeting 2015- Europe’s Junior Entrepreneurs together for 4 days of networking, workshops and forward thinking

A day in the life of a refugee: why should we care?

Decades of progress ‘can be wiped out overnight,’ UN chief laments at climate session in Yokohama

Coronavirus response: Team Europe support to Sudan through EU Humanitarian Air Bridge flight

Mandela, ‘true symbol of human greatness’, celebrated on centenary of his birth

The water where baby fish are outnumbered 7 to 1 by plastic

EU Summit’s major takeaway: a handkerchief cannot save Greece from austerity

Coronavirus: 23 new research projects to receive €128 million in EU funding

South-South Cooperation ‘accelerates’ us toward 2030 goals, UN Chief says on International Day

Back to the future: flying cars are becoming a reality

Peacekeeping chief honours Tanzanian troops in Zanzibar, a year on from deadly DR Congo attacks

UN Human Rights Council resolution on youth and human rights: a step forward for youth rights

Who holds the key to the future of biotechnology? You do

Human trafficking: stronger measures to protect women, children and migrants

We need to rethink the way we heat ourselves. Here’s why

The US and EU decisively oppose Erdogan’s plans for Turkey and beyond

Social Committee slams the 28 EU leaders for false promises

Antitrust: Commission imposes interim measures on Broadcom in TV and modem chipset markets

This is the most popular type of home in Europe right now

European Super League: Why more football is an imperfect solution to sport’s business model problem

Here are 5 of the biggest threats to our oceans, and how we can solve them

Promoting Primary Health Care to the Young Health Workforce: a new approach

Antitrust: Commission opens investigation into possible anticompetitive behaviour by the power exchange EPEX Spot

The European Council takes more measures to stem illegal migration

These floating homes could protect people from flooding as sea levels rise

5 ocean success stories to chase away the blues

State aid: the Commission authorises the regulatory mechanism for the storage of natural gas in France

Tsipras bewildered with Berlin’s humiliating demands; ECB expects political sign to refinance the Greek banks

Greenpeace’s saints and sinners in the tech world

Commission launches new edition of the Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor 2019

No way out for Eurozone’s stagnating economy

10 ways central banks are experimenting with blockchain

How to solve COVID’s crew change crisis and protect global supply chains

Mali just took a huge step towards universal healthcare

Ministers for Youth miss the opportunity to improve social inclusion of young people

Progress on gender equality is too slow, says OECD on International Women’s Day

This weather index measures climate-related risks. Here’s how

Road safety: Europe’s roads are getting safer but progress remains too slow

EU budget: Boosting cooperation between tax and customs authorities for a safer and more prosperous EU

MWC 2016 LIVE: Intel focuses on 5G “beyond the Powerpoint”

5 lessons for the future of universities

Password managers aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Here’s why

Big world banks to pay $ 4.95bn for cheating customers; Is it a punishment or a gentle caress?

This is why mental health should be a political priority

EU-China relations under investigation?

Climate change adaptation: MEPs want the EU to be better prepared

Does the West play the Syrian game in Egypt?

Air pollution: Most EU Member States not on track to reduce air pollution and its related health impacts by 2030

Can collective action cure what’s ailing our food systems?

Technology: The new face of Medicine

More Stings?

Comments

  1. Hi” i think that you should add captcha to your blog”

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s