Tuesday, 20 March 2007

Poll shows strong Euroscepticism

image "In the run-up to the EU's 50th birthday a Financial Times online poll surveyed 6,772 adults in Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. In the UK, 52% of those questioned said things had got worse since joining the EU, while in Spain 53% said life had improved."

This also helps explain, in my opinion, why there are so many of us Brits in Spain. Or, at least, those of us who are less Eurosceptic.

The British, in general, are not joiners and so often opt-out of things in the EU, but the fact that they don't join in - particularly that the UK didn't join the Euro - also causes animosity against them from people in other states. Only yesterday, someone mentioned this to me again. Trouble is, I agree with them.

Britain should join in properly or [expletive] off.

But, if Britain were to opt out completely, it could leave Brits abroad in Europe in legal limbo as citizens of a non-European country, or of one for which excluding exceptions are made on the basis of "if they won't join in, why should we keep giving them benefits they don't deserve?" That concerns me, because the more the UK opts-out of things, the more negative British people become about the EU and, the more likely this fear could become a reality.

For that and other reasons, I'd prefer an EU constitution, so I could have an EU passport with proper rights in all states, but the likelihood of that occurring, in my lifetime, doesn't exactly look promising.

What Britain needs to realize, I think, is that not joining in must have a lot to do with the fact that they also don't enjoy some of the benefits. Perhaps it would help if they weren't just so generally negative?

Poll shows strong Euroscepticism

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