(Original post by Aph)
Free movement is a fundamentally socialist and egalitarian idea.
Energy and rail can be partially nationalised with companies who can give consumers better prices getting the franchise. Royal Mail can be re-nationalised today.
Currently the EU is looking to block TTIP with the UK supporting it so TTIP-esque retationship is more likely out of the EU.
Who is to say that Greece, Spain and Italy wouldn't be in the same position or worse if they hadn't joined? That's a poor post hoc ergo procter hoc argument.
To suggest that an out vote would cause a general election is farcical at best. I would like to point out the fixed term parliament act.
Very poor argument DMcGovern
Although free movement appears as a socialist policy in the EU, when stripped of its ideological mask, open borders are designed principally to, on the one hand, help big business to circumvent existing workers’ rights through the use of underpaid migrant labour, on the other, to provide the super-rich with easy access to foreign markets.
The EU report concerning the Posted Workers Directive states
that “Member States shall… guarantee workers posted to their territory the terms and conditions of employment… which, in the Member State where the work is carried out, are laid down… by law, regulation or administrative provision.” Amongst other things, these regulations concern maximum work periods and minimum rest periods; minimum paid annual holidays; and the minimum rates of pay, including overtime rates.
In 2013, the Rail, Maritime, and Transport (RMT) Union described the Fourth Rail Package
in plain English as a “set of regulations… that aims to impose privatisation on domestic rail passenger services in every EU member state.” They continue:
“Currently, on the whole, every EU state has the freedom to choose which way it wants to run its passenger rail services. These measures will remove that freedom, imposing a model of fragmentation and privatisation that has been an abject failure in the UK.”
Under the auspices of this package, we have already seen East Coast Rail, one of the most profitable nationalised rail lines in the country, being sold off to Virgin Trains.
Most recently, the privatization of Royal Mail was carried through with the backing of EU Directive 2008/6/EC, which called for the postal sector to be fully open to competition by 31 December 2012.
Although some on the left have argued that the Tories could independently broker such a deal if we were to come out of the EU, it would undoubtedly be easier to pass this deal off if we remain within the EU. The reason for this is the abject lack of democracy within the structure of the EU.
Moreover, Obama has threatened that the UK would be "at the back of the queue" for TTIP if they left the EU.
Greek, Spanish, and Italian workers have seen their living standards smashed mercilessly since the onset of the 2008 recession; and Irish workers have been subjected to draconian water charges as well as massive cuts to public services, is absurd. Far from protecting workers from these austerity measures, the EU, alongside the unelected European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund, has played a leading role in ensuring that they are implemented.
Moreover, having borrowed far too much after joining the eurozone in 2001, the Greek government let their citizens down when adjustments and reforms were needed after the 2008 global financial crisis. An initial phase of denial was followed by commitments that could not be met, causing the crisis. These failures by the government would not have been as bad if they had not been forced to join the single currency.