You are right in what you say. The UK are net contributers financially to the EU but in return have had a big say in its destiny. You are on the brink of pulling out which is the right you have but the EU will continue regardless. Its interesting that the majority of your business leaders want to stay in. They must see the benefits of having a strong economic powerhouse in Europe to counteract the US and China. Its possible you can survive as an independent economy but we sure as hell would not.
You may see our membership of this union as a loss of independence but I see it as vital to developing Ireland. We don't have north sea oil or to be honest any real natural resources to sustain us. We are 4million people so not a mass market to scale any business. It is vital we are outward looking because we can't afford to be inward looking.
If we are net beneficiaries from the EU well so be it. Without Europe we certainly could not developed at the pace we have. Its not just the money, it's the market for our goods and the base we offer non EU multinationals. You also benefit from both thoes as well. This is a free choice we make. Its a democratic decision and 100% strategic. It gaureentees or actual independence, not compromises it.
Britain has benefited from this union with Europe also. I would however add that some greedy Anglified pigs have raped Ireland of its immediate wealth, but I trust or hope international family will ensure our future growth. Investment in this country continues and might I add Dublin is my favourite from those of which I have visited, I hope others agree.
Nobody here is saying they did. I am just making the point that is giving up their right to decide their economic destiny worth these "Euro Benefits". And also, It is true to say that Ireland along with the vast majority of EU nations have been net beneficiaries which the UK has never been. So these benefits have come at net contributors expense.
LOL. Nice to see you answer the question.... not. Have you ever thought of becoming a politician? I think it's the fact that I have hit home. There is nothing in my post which is factually incorrect, so you don't have an argument.
Firstly where did I mention England? I was talking about the whole United Kingdom. Secondly, what in my post is bereft of fact? The UK has always been a net contributor, Ireland has never been one. It has done until the crash fantastically well at ours and Germanys expense. Why should the UK and Germany subsidise new roads in Warsaw or better roads in in Dublin? We have our own problems which we should be using that money for.
As I said, the Irish as much as I like them are certainly brainwashed into thinking the EU is a good thing. Is it any surprise when they have done so well out of it?
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