Fully integrating into the EU this late in the game would be a mistake, we've passed up the majority of the benefits already.
theres not enough reason to be in the EU at the moment, now that the EU is letting more and more poorer eastern European countries into the EU, the disadvantages are starting to out weigh the advantages
the EU can't simply cater for the rich countries such as UK, France and Germany whilst at the same time including countries like romania
If the EU was still a union built around a trading network and possibly a council to present a common opinion to the world then I'd say yes, but it's meddling more and more with individual countries.
Leaving would do us nothing but harm. What we need to do, rather then sitting on the sidelines and moaning when things don't go our way as we currently do, is get much more involved and use our potential sway to make things go our way.
People sit and complain that Paris and Berlin are the real rulers of the EU, but thats because they get involved and put the effort in. How can Britain expect decisions to benefit us when we are busy trying to pretend the EU doesn't exist?
If we left the EU, the EU would still be able to hold a great deal of economic and even political influence over us, and yet we would have sacrificed our ability to sway the EU.
You don't win a boxing match by leaving the ring or standing at the sidelines.
Just another French-German club. We shouldn't be on the sidelines like we are now, it should really be completely in or out.
Personally I take the view that we should be out. All we need is the trade benefits, hence a quick free trade agreement is all that's needed just look at Norway and Switzerland. As a services nation, Britain would probably gain more from being out rather than in.
The joining of the EU has brought enough social problems as it is, just look at the floodgates of immigrants that's in the country now... many communities in UK are more Eastern European than British, putting pressure on schools, medical services and other social problems when their gangs become active.
They have been a source of cheap labour often displacing British workers, this has led to many jobs being no longer sustainable and many business models aren't sustainable any longer due to the reliance of cheap labour. The supply of cheap labour has also prevented many businesses from innovating their production and manufacturing practices.
The whole idea of free movement of labour is just a bad idea really..... it's also something Britain cannot afford to allow at this moment in time. Look at our unemployment figures...nuff said. As for Brits working in the EU area.... the numbers are negligible to start with, also much of them tend to be skilled labour going away to add value to another economy, am pretty certain even without the EU membership that we could still go there... a work permit would be all that's needed and businesses aren't stupid...they know where to get talents and if it happens to be from Britain that they need it from, it's unlikely they won't do what that needs to be doing to get them.... just look at Britain and the number of non-EU sourced professionals working here.
Think about our food-security.... this country needs an agriculture industry, but cheap EU imports (usually from substandard farming practices) causes on average 1 food production site a day to go out of business.
Immigration issues? The cultural similarities argument just doesn't hold water.... they just aren't similar.