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Laowai2? Post time: 2013-7-8 20:31
Why do you think there has been no referendum? Because the result is forgone conclusion. Britain s ...
It was never in Britain's interest to abandon the commonwealth and join the common market. The benefits, if any, all went to the rich, but the poor suffered immensely during the convergence period, and many still do.
In the 60's and 70's, continental Europe was rapidly growing in strength, and in a direction deemed hostile by the powers that be. The potential for a European power block, in competition with the US, was too much to bear. A huge campaign was mounted by the US to get Britain in the European Common Market. Most of the funding for the "YES" campaign during the referendum came from the US.
Britain entered the common market at the behest of the US, and to shore-up US interests. Britain as the agent within was able, with the collusion of the media, to maintain Europe at arm's length within the British public, and frustrate any meaningful drive towards EU integration. Any policies that would benefit the average Brit, were either vetoed or opted out of, so the public remained hostile. Moreover the media blamed all the ills befalling Britain on EU policy, to maintain the hostility. A referendum on membership was always promised, but never materialized, as the outcome was a forgone conclusion. Successive governments betrayed the British public, for the interests of the powers that be.
It beggars belief how the EU leaders could have been so stupid, and the British public so gullible.