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EU Referendum – why I am voting for Europe

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(I make no excuse for a non-wine post this week. Occasionally something transcends wine and the UK’s unnecessary Referendum this Thursday is one such example.)  

Later today we will be back in London after three weeks in the Loire. Back in time to vote in the UK’s EU Referendum on Thursday, which is the most important vote in my lifetime. Having always been Pro-Europe I will certainly be voting to Remain. I hold a British passport but I consider myself to be European, so it makes no sense to me to turn our back on Europe – its culture, the UK’s major trading partner and the European Union. 


Take back control!

Britexiters claim that leaving the EU will give us our country back. It will do no such thing. The UK has already negotiated exceptions, such as to stay out of the Euro and the Schengen Agreement. There are claims that we will thrive outside the EU perhaps with a free trade agreement with the Commonwealth countries.  

This is surely fantasy! Far better to be together with our major market with a voice rather to run away and hope for the best. A free trade agreement with the Commonwealth harks back to the time of the British Empire at the end of the 19th Century. The Asia Pacific region, for instance, is the closest and most enticing market for Australia and New Zealand not the UK.   

Curiously and sadly a number of the English regions that are predicted to vote leave are the very same that have benefited from European Union aid to depressed areas.

Voting to leave the EU on Thursday will hand control of the UK to people like Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Nigel Farage. Johnson famously could have gone either way on Europe and is widely seen as only campaigning for exit because he sees this as his chance to become Prime Minister. Furthermore he has cheerfully admitted that when based in Brussels as a reporter he invented new stories about European legislation – shapes of bananas etc.  

Boris sacrifice

“People in this country have had enough of experts,” according to Michael Gove. Fair enough, perhaps, from a member of the public but a truly extraordinary statement from the current Minister of State for Justice. How does UK case law function if it isn’t the distillation of legal decisions by legal experts – judges – over many years? Furthermore Gove was previously Minister of Education, somewhat of a worry if the education of our children is in the hands of someone who mistrusts expertise!

UKIP and Nigel Farage playing the race card – poster launched 

the day that MP Jo Cox was brutally murdered 


UKIP – all too reminiscent of Nazi propaganda 

And the vile Farage – head of UKIP ? Ever ready to play the race card as the UKIP poster shows. Farage launched this poster that shows migrants moving into Slovenia playing on the fears of uncontrolled immigration into the UK just hours before the MP Jo Cox was murdered.
The man charged with her murder gave his name in court as « My name is death to traitors, freedom for Britain. » 

Clearly Farage didn’t order the killing of the MP but he and his party created the mood music – you reap what you sow!

Rather belatedly Gove admitted on Sunday that he ‘shuddered‘ when he saw the UKIP poster. 

After a surge by the leave campaign, the latest opinion polls show a move back to Remain. Let’s hope Remain carries the day on Thursday and that all of Les 5 du Vin remain fully in Europe.  It will, I fancy, be tight!



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9 réflexions sur “EU Referendum – why I am voting for Europe

  1. 100 per cent agreed Jim. I have no vote to use in this stupid referendum, having lived in France for too long, but if ever the UK votes out of Europe, I will be applying for French citizenship immediately.

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  2. Thanks David and fully understand you applying for French citizenship. Unfortunately not an option for me but perhaps there can be a new category – a citizen of Europe.


  3. Jim, I appreciate your position. But I believe that De Gaulle’s position by the late 60s is still valid: EU would probably better move ahead without the UK.


  4. If it is permitted to have an other point of view. I do hope UK will get out of UE. UK has already a very special status, is asking more and more, is more linked towards just an economic partnership and, whatever may be said around, outside UE, UK will survive very good. They will always buy Bordeaux, we will always buy single malt and they will be able to dream again about special links with USA.

    But behind all these too basic points, my real hope is that this Brexit may give to the original 6 or 8 countries to think again about the bad evolution of Brussels and to come back to some higher views as were those of Adenauer, De Gaulle, de Gasperi, Schumann. To drive 28 countries with the so stupid system of unanimous vote is simply going in the wall where citizens just do not understand anymore this administration quoting the size of banana !


  5. Naturally another point of view is permitted. I can well understand the irritation that the UK’s often tepid attachment to the EU causes amongst other member states. I am not convinced that the US will be interested in special links with the UK if we are no longer part of the EU. Nor that economically leaving will be favourable to the UK. I am more prepared to listen to warnings of a collapse in sterling from people like George Soros than to reply on the assurances of Gove and Johnson.


  6. As to the banana question, the joker Boris Johnson has admitted to having invented this story when he was a journalist in Brussels!

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  7. Yes David : if banana was a bad example, we have most probably some examples of this caliber. My fear – since I do trust the answer will be « no to exit », is that UK will ask more benefits in a kind of « récompense » for their positive answer… something which may bring in reaction unnecessary stupid reactions in Bruxelles.
    It is time for Bruxelles to understand that now, with the new communication tools, every one is more aware about what really happen inside UE with too many responsibles, not elected, and with some outrageous benefits such as no taxes, huge retraites and taking decisions outside the real world of the daily situation of the vast majority of the citizens of Europe.


  8. « Le président de la Commission européenne, Jean-Claude Juncker, a prévenu mercredi qu’il n’y aurait « en aucune sorte de nouvelle négociation » avec Londres à l’issue du référendum sur l’appartenance du Royaume-Uni à l’Union européenne.

    « Les hommes politiques britanniques et les électeurs britanniques doivent savoir qu’il n’y aura en aucune sorte de nouvelle négociation » avec le Royaume-Uni, a déclaré M. Juncker lors d’un point de presse avec le chancelier autrichien Christian Kern. « Dehors c’est dehors », a-t-il lancé ».

    M. Juncker envisage-t-il aussi de refermer le tunnel sous la Manche?
    Avec des amis pareils, le Royaume-Uni n’a pas besoin d’ennemis.


  9. On ne va quand même pas baisser culotte systématiquement, fan de zou !


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