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(New Europe)   Today, British MPs will vote on a referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union   (neurope.eu) divider line 14
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2013-07-05 04:17:07 AM
The smart vote is "no".

Therefore, I expect them to pass it with an overwhelming majority.
 
2013-07-05 09:59:48 AM

OgreMagi: The smart vote is "no".

Therefore, I expect them to pass it with an overwhelming majority.


"No" to EU membership, or "no" to a referendum?
 
2013-07-05 10:00:50 AM

OgreMagi: The smart vote is "no".

Therefore, I expect them to pass it with an overwhelming majority.


Dunno about that. Unless I've completely missed the winds of change, I don't see anything in Britain that would lead me to believe that they'd give up their separate but equal European position.
 
2013-07-05 10:05:26 AM
Anyone want to comment how this would make sense for them economically?  Do they really want to be in the same position as Germany?

What advantage would this provide them that membership wouldn't have provided in the last ten years when they scoffed at the idea?
 
2013-07-05 10:09:52 AM
No way.
 
2013-07-05 10:10:54 AM
More accurately, they are talking about thinking about talking about possibly having a referendum.
This is a steam releasing mechanism and not much more:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-23186128
 
2013-07-05 10:17:31 AM

born_yesterday: Anyone want to comment how this would make sense for them economically?  Do they really want to be in the same position as Germany?

What advantage would this provide them that membership wouldn't have provided in the last ten years when they scoffed at the idea?


This is about membership in the EU not the Euro. Britain has been a member of the EU since 1973. The referendum is about remaining in the EU.
 
2013-07-05 10:18:47 AM
 
2013-07-05 10:24:44 AM
Cameron and the other conservatives ran on the referendum.  They should at least set the groundwork for it, and if they get voted out in 2015 by Labour, the issue can be reexamined.
 
2013-07-05 10:37:32 AM

Philip Francis Queeg: born_yesterday: Anyone want to comment how this would make sense for them economically?  Do they really want to be in the same position as Germany?

What advantage would this provide them that membership wouldn't have provided in the last ten years when they scoffed at the idea?

This is about membership in the EU not the Euro. Britain has been a member of the EU since 1973. The referendum is about remaining in the EU.


How am I supposed to know that?  RTFA?  Pshhaa!

/0-2 in the politics tab this weekend.
 
2013-07-05 11:26:39 AM
Five years ago, every college professor in the US jerked off to the strengthening possibility of a police-state global government that the EU represented.

John Kerry ran on such dreams. Liberals used to start their condescending sentences with 'As a citizen fo the world...'

Funny, how that no longer happens.
 
2013-07-05 11:47:34 AM

Nemo's Brother: Five years ago, every college professor in the US jerked off to the strengthening possibility of a police-state global government that the EU represented.



Now that's funny.
 
2013-07-05 01:07:15 PM
D'AWW!  It's cute that Britain still thinks it is not just another part of Europe and can maybe profit in an independent middle-man/balance of power role...just like when it blundered into two world wars.  If they vote to leave the EU, f*ck 'em; they're on their own.
 
2013-07-05 02:19:44 PM

VonEvilstein: OgreMagi: The smart vote is "no".

Therefore, I expect them to pass it with an overwhelming majority.

"No" to EU membership, or "no" to a referendum?


No referendum. Don't trust the people not to be stupid.

Right now Britain has the best of both worlds. Don't screw with it. A vote to leave costs them many benefits, a vote to stay is ammunition for those pushing closer integration, which costs them many other benefits.
 
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