British Withdrawal from the European Union: A Guide to the Case For

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Industrial Systems Research, 2002 - Europe - 148 pages
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Businesses and business representative organizations are constantly complaining about the effects of European Union laws, policies, and regulations. In 1992, Britain benefited by withdrawing from the European Unions Exchange Rate Mechanism and programme of Economic and Monetary Union. This study provides a detailed guide to the economic and political case for British withdrawal from the EU bloc as a whole. Major general arguments for withdrawal are that: (a) the economic costs of EU membership substantially exceed the benefits, and (b) withdrawal is necessary to restore democracy, business and market freedom, the rule of law, and other basic features of a modern liberal social order.


1. The Case for Britains Withdrawal from the European Union: an Overview

2. The Main Non-EU Sources of British Wealth

3. The Economic Costs of EU Membership

4. The Political Constitutional Case for EU Withdrawal

5. The Free Trade Case for EU Withdrawal

6. The Removal of EU Regulatory Burdens

7. The Benefits of Monetary and Economic Policy Independence

8. The Case for Fiscal Independence

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A thoroughly engrossing and compelling read by Abbott. The points are provocative and barbed but emphasise a well-thought and well-argued case in point. Though a lack of sources, references and notes to facts seems to be an odd exclusion it does not devalue the argument and is as convincing as any that EU membership is just not for Great Britain. Abbott continually points out and attests how membership to a socialist, undemocratic, illiberal and economically non-beneficial and anti-competetive by Britain continues to harm her economy in particular. It is without question that this book needs to be read, it is full of insight and compelling arguments by an author who clearly has his side of the debate and does not relinquish his passion, consistency and stance at any point in the book. Though sometimes this does hinder judgement in avoiding all traces of positive effects of the EU that is not the intention of the book. It is unflinching in its scathing assessment of the EU and unrelenting in its argument against Britain's membership to it. One of the most convincing and consistent reads on the subject and well worth your time and money. 



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Page 7 - I cannot pinpoint a single concrete economic advantage that unambiguously comes to this country because of our membership of the European Union.
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About the author (2002)

 Lewis F. Abbott is a business-economic researcher and consultant. He has authored and edited numerous books on industrial, commercial and related subjects. 

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