Saturday 3 December 2016

Our EU project needs a road map for where we want it to go

Published 08/07/2015 | 02:30

An EU flag behind barbed wire at an immigration centre in Hungary
An EU flag behind barbed wire at an immigration centre in Hungary

All structures are only as strong as the foundations they are built on. The European Union began life back in the 1950s as a loose alliance of coal and steel countries in a continent torn apart by war.

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Along the way other countries joined, leading to today's edifice, built in stages like a house with numerous extensions. Every project has an end date, but the EU seems to be a never-ending work in progress. Have the leaders ever sat down and asked the simple question: where are we going with this? What is the finished article going to look like? Instead, we get woolly, vague concepts like "closer integration" and "pooled sovereignty". How much sovereignty can you trade without being left a mere puppet, can it be measured?

The UK has been having concerns about Europe for several years now. In their wisdom, they stayed out of the Euro project.

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