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over the almost 60 years during which I have opposed both the concept of a EUropean Union and particularly Britain’s participation in what I considered to be a scam – I have consistently pointed out just how incredibly out of touch with the people the self styled ruling elite were.
So it looks as if the aim of the founders of the EU such as Monnet have not only achieved this scam with stealth, as they intended, but have managed to separate its peoples from its self styled elite to the point of the ridiculous – a point from which they may find there is no turning back!
That this happens on a National basis is all too obvious but in a supra National centralised and far from democratic power structure it would inevitably be worse.
This is one of the major causers of BreXit and in the long run will lead to the eventual failure of the entire structure.
It must also be noted in the difficult BreXit negotiations that Britain’s negotiating team will find its job made harder as the EU will be fielding EUrocrats who are bye and large totally out of touch with reality and the needs of people – including those who pay their bloated salaries and feed their egos!
Brussels in denial over EU crisis: Out-of-touch Eurocrats failing to tackle rising public anger across the continent, study finds
- It found ‘visible divide’ between opinions of Eurocrats and EU’s 508m population
- Public were more likely to express concerns over a range of contentious issues
- The report is first crucial test of EU citizens’ views since Britain voted for Brexit
- The worrying findings come as the UK begins Brexit negotiations with EU chiefs
Significant splits have opened up between the European Union’s so-called gilded elite and the ‘simmering discontent’ of ordinary citizens, a damning report has revealed.
A withering study by a major think-tank found a ‘visible divide’ between the opinions of Eurocrats and the bloc’s population of 508million.
The data – based on a survey of public opinion – showed a ‘continent split’, according to London-based international affairs organisation Chatham House.
The wider public were more likely to express concerns over a range of contentious political issues changing the face of Europe, from the huge influx of immigration and the power wielded by the EU over sovereign states.
Significant splits have opened up between the European Union’s so-called gilded elite and the ‘simmering discontent’ of ordinary citizens, a damning report has revealed. Pictured: Italian employees battle police in Rome in 2012
The report is the first crucial test of the views of European citizens since Britain voted to seize back control of its borders by leaving the 28-nation bloc almost exactly a year ago.
The findings, from a survey of more than 10,000 citizens plus 1,800 ‘influencers’ from politics, the media, business and civil society, come as the UK begins Brexit negotiations with EU chiefs.
They will make grim reading among the pro-EU elite such as European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker.
The UK’s move to break away has already sparked rumblings in other EU countries about whether they would also be better off out of a so-called ‘United States of Europe’.
The report said: ‘Compared to the public, decision-makers and influencers are notably more liberal and optimistic, more committed to a pan-European identity and a common set of European values, and more likely to feel the benefits of integration.
‘Meanwhile, there is simmering discontent among the public about a range of political concerns.
‘Large sections of the public view the EU in negative terms; want to see it return some powers to member states; feel anxious over immigration and its perceived effects, as well as over the role of Islam in society; and are pessimistic about the future.’
A withering study by a major think-tank found a ‘visible divide’ between the opinions of Eurocrats and the bloc’s population of 508million. Pictured: Migrants boarding a UK-bound lorry in Calais
The study found that the ‘elite’ were more than twice as likely to feel they had done well out of the EU – 71 per cent saying they had benefited compared with just 34 per cent of the public.
Some 29 per cent of Eurocrats said they felt ‘very proud’ of their European identity, while for the public the figure was 14 per cent.
And 55 per cent of ordinary citizens expected another country to leave the EU within the next decade, while only 43 per cent of the elite agreed.
The research paper, entitled The Future of Europe, said that the EU and its member states had faced ‘almost a decade of political tumult’ through the financial crash, the eurozone crisis and the influx of migrants from Africa and the Middle East.
It said that if the bloc was to ‘move beyond crisis management’ it was essential for Brussels chiefs to understand public attitudes. The EU was facing the ‘most challenging political environment since the union’s founding’ 60 years ago, said the paper.
The report named Brexit as one of the six main challenges facing the European Union.
It said: ‘The British decision will place strains on the EU budget, remove one of the voices most supportive of structural reform as well as of completion and expansion of the single market, and change the political balance between large and small member states.’
The research paper said that the EU and its member states had faced ‘almost a decade of political tumult’ through the financial crash and migrant crisis. Pictured: Migrants arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos
But Britain’s exit was not viewed as a significant threat to the fragmentation of the EU by the elite – who ranked it only 12th of 15 possible threats to the bloc.
Other challenges include the rise of populist anti-EU parties, an ‘illiberal drift’ to authoritarian parties in central and eastern Europe and a ‘legitimacy crisis’, with high numbers of citizens believing it was anti-democratic.
Kantar Public surveyed 10,195 people from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Spain and the UK in December and January. In the same countries, it spoke to 1,823 politicians, journalists, business chiefs and civil society leaders in January and February.
RECORD LOW NUMBER OF EASTERN EUROPEANS APPLYING TO WORK IN UK
Applications by migrants from Eastern Europe for the right to work in Britain have plunged since the vote for Brexit.
A leading think-tank has found that the number of workers from Poland and seven other former Eastern Bloc countries registering for employment have fallen to a record low.
The count of those who asked for National Insurance numbers (NINos) – necessary for anyone who wants a job legally in the UK – fell by around a third in a year.
The report revealed NINo applicants from the so-called EU8 ex-Soviet satellites – Poland, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia – plummeted from 40,000 in the first three months of 2016 to about 26,000 in the same period this year.
This is the lowest restrictions on the free movement of workers were lifted when the countries joined the European Union in 2004. It was also a fraction of the 2007 peak when there were 111,000 NI registrations.
The new analysis suggests the historic vote to leave the Brussels bloc is having an effect. It will hand hope to Prime Minister Theresa May that her pledge to control the country’s borders and cut net migration to the tens of thousands is achievable.
But it will alarm employers who have warned that some sectors of the economy, such as construction, agriculture and horticulture, rely heavily on EU workers and could struggle if the labour supply dries up.
The figures by the University of Oxford’s Migration Observatory mirror the spectacular fall in the level of net migration from the EU8 last year to just 5,000 – a record low since 2004.
Dr Carlos Vargas-Silva, acting director of the respected think-tank, said: ‘We are seeing indications that the UK has become less of an attractive destination for migrants from Poland and the other A8 countries since the referendum on leaving the EU.’
The paper suggested the fall was linked to the strength of the pound.
It said: ‘The referendum result led to a wave of concern in global financial markets about the UK economy, which immediately resulted in a decline in the value of the pound against other major currencies – reducing the relative value of wages for foreign workers in the UK.’
Focus has also fallen on the status of more than three million EU nationals in Britain following the Brexit vote, as well as how immigration from the bloc will be managed following the UK’s departure.
The report said: ‘The reduction in the net number of EU migrants has occurred even though there has been no actual change in their legal status.
‘This suggests that for many EU workers uncertainty related to future residency rights, the value of the pound and the political environment of the UK are likely to play a major role in migration decisions.
‘Uncertainty about these three aspects is unlikely to decrease in the near future.’
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With an avg. 1.2M voters per MEP & Britain having only 8%, if united, say. The EUropean Parliament has no ability to make policy and has a Commission of unelected bureaucrats, thus clearly the EU is not even a pretence of being a democracy; yet The EU & many of its vassal States are willing to slaughter people in Sovereign States, to impose The EU’s chosen brand of democracy on them!
The imposition of a Government and policies upon its vassal regions such as the peoples of Greece shows just how far from being a democracy the EU is.
There will be little or no change in Britain’s economic position, when we leave the EU, using a better negotiated & updated version of the ‘Norway Model’ as a stepping stone to becoming a full member of the Eropean Economic Area, where all will benefit, as we secure trade relations with the EU’s vassal regions, with an EFTA style status and can trade and negotiate independently on the global stage, as members of The Commonwealth and the Anglosphere.
Do not overlook the fact that politicians have plotted and schemmed since the 1950s and we have actually been vassals of the EU, when it was still using the aesopian linguistics and calling itself The Common Market in the early 1970s, a name the bureaucrats arbitrarily changed to EUropean Union in the early 1990s as they worked towards their long term goals of an ever closer centrally controlled Political and economic Union with its own anthem, currency, flag and rigid central control by its self appointed bureacrats towards a new Empirate –
It will take many years to rectify the mess our political class got us into and we have no other peacefull means by which to extricate ourselves than to depend on that self same self styled elite, who all too often forget they work for us!One huge benefit of BreXit will be that we can negotiate with bodies like the WTO, UN, WHO, IMF, CODEX and the like, directly, in our own interest and that of our partners around the world, in both the Commonwealth and the Anglosphere at large; rather than having negotiations and terms imposed by unelected EU bureacrats and their interpretation of the rules handed down, as if they were some great achievement of the EU’s!The greatest change and benefit will be political, as we improve our democracy and self determination, with the ability to deselect and elect our own Government, with an improved Westminster structure, see >Harrogate Agenda<.
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