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What did the EU ever do for you?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by eljefeb90, Apr 16, 2019.

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  1. eljefeb90

    eljefeb90 Senior commenter

    Even the most ardent Remainers struggle to love the EU at times. We have been fed with bendy banana stories for so many decades, negativity towards the EU has become embedded in the national psyche.
    Can anybody out there come out with some positives à la Life of Bryan?
     
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  2. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Most of the funding for serious medical research and science comes from the EU as the UK government has been unable or unwilling to do this since the 1970s.
     
  3. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    How many roads and traffic works have been built with EU funding ?
     
  4. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    The EU provides us with many examples and reminders when you travel in these countries that not everywhere is as s**t and litter strewn as good old blighty.
     
  5. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    The university of Central Lancashire in Preston has had over £15 million for building projects in the last 5 years.

    farming has relied on the free movement of EU workers and is already being affected by those workers going for the long term security of work in other EU countries.
     
  6. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Lead commenter

    I give up. How many?
     
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  7. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    It wasn't a question.
     
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  8. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Lead commenter

    That's done to individuals, not the EU. The EU didn't make Vienna a tidy place.
     
  9. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Lead commenter

    Oh. My understanding of traditional punctuation misled me.
     
  10. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    I'm not playing this game - sorry.
     
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  11. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    So the EU gives us back some of our own money to put towards a road. Do you realise that the EU only has to put up as much as 2.5% of the cost to have their flag put on the signs?
     
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  12. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Lead commenter

    I'm not convinced any UK roads have been EU projects. If anyone can name some projects , l will be happy to be proved wrong.
     
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  13. eljefeb90

    eljefeb90 Senior commenter

    Promoting democratic values and the rule of law/ responsible government in former dictatorships in southern and eastern Europe.
     
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  14. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    I think I saw their flag on some big roadworks on the Heads' of the Valleys road last year. I haven't been back that way since as the delays were horrendous.

    I have driven on some lovely EU paid for roads in Spain. They were deserted as the locals would not use them.
     
  15. colpee

    colpee Star commenter

    But that is an odd one in terms of who is funding what, to whom and why. Arguably the EU doesn’t fund such research merely because the UK government is ‘unwilling’, but it could be argued that the UK government doesn’t fund it because our money is channeled to that area by the EU?
     
  16. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Lead commenter

    Whilst that is a good thing, I don't see a personal or even national benefit as per the thread title.
     
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  17. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    I always understood that the Nissan car plant in Sunderland, the Toyota plants in Derby and Deeside, and the Honda plant in Swindon were all assisted by EU money, because they wanted free access to Europe. So of course when we "leave" Europe they all up sticks and buzz off, probably to somewhere much cheaper like Slovenia (as other car manufacturers have) or Romania. Farmers have had huge subsidies too. And we won't get our fish back. Even if there was a huge unmentioned craving for fish, I do not expect fish sales to rocket if we changed access to "our" waters.

    Of course this is just another Brexit thread with the usual appendage waving, and hence a waste of time, because somebody will always contradict anything if they simply do not believe it.
     
  18. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    Free movement of people - wider opportunities
    A breaking down of barriers - a change of mindset.
    Working together instead of working against - sharing & developing ideas
    Greater security - no wars between EU countries.
     
  19. TCSC47

    TCSC47 Star commenter

    Well, pretty clearly, you have not been looking.
     
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  20. TCSC47

    TCSC47 Star commenter

    When I first travelled Europe, I felt on edge. Over the years I have got to know many Europeans who have all been very welcoming and until recently I have felt very comfortable there. The EU encouraged this. Now, my European friends are on edge themselves, viewing us as little englanders, which of course we are now. That is what we had in the EU and that is what we have lost.
     

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