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The EU Referendum Campaign has called for a referendum on British membership of the EU. Here is their statement about EU membership, fisked. 1. Can we really afford to send £45 million a day to Brussels? ** this is the gross figure not the net figure, which implies that the referendum campaign wants to shut… » read more

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The truth about road-pricing

Certain anti-European groups have been getting agitated lately about an experiment in road-pricing that is underway. They complain that the EU is forcing another tax on motorists, in order to pay for road-building in other parts of Europe. The truth is rather different. First of all, there is no compulsion on any member state to… » read more

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Put out more flags

The eurosceptic criticism of the report that some EU-funded projects in the UK are to have to return £150 million because they have not provided enough publicity for the sources of funding is both predictable and surprising. Predictable, in that it offers yet another opportunity to bash Brussels for its apparent bureaucratic pettiness and rapacious… » read more

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The debate between the Treasury and the MOD over the cost of the defence budget is raging and the contest is fascinating commentators. It is a fact that the UK spends far too much per year on defence, around £40 billion last time I checked (Budget 2010 p.11). That is a hugely expensive price tag,… » read more

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Commentators speculating about the likely course of the Coalition government’s European policy fall from the point of view of the European Movement into two main categories, the optimists and the pessimists. The optimists point to the careful and moderate tone which until now has characterised the new government’s utterances on European issues and hope that… » read more

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