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Eurosceptic’s Handbook

by Michael Burrage

The Handbook contains 50 short chapters covering the main issues in the EU debate. The handbook has now been published and is available here. We hope that readers will take the opportunity to comment, either to point out errors and omissions, or simply to offer a different view from that of the author. If the chapters are open to valid criticism, the author would like to know.



Part One: History

1971: Her Majesty’s Government explains why the UK should join the EEC

Labour’s re-negotiation in 1975: Real or bogus?

The 1992 Maastricht Treaty: Misjudgement or misrepresentation?

Part Two: A peculiar form of government

Flying in the face of the global principle of political legitimacy

A synthetic civil society

Intensive self-promotion

The chancelleries of Europe devise a government

How much legislation comes from Europe?

European government in action: five examples

Do the British have much influence?

Part Three: Finance

The European Commission power elite: pay and pensions

Cost of MEPs and MPs in 2011

Givers and takers: the European Commission’s redistribution of nine members’ contributions

EU Budget: the HM Treasury report

Mrs Thatcher’s rebate, and the cost of Mr Blair’s concession

Domestic equivalents of the direct and indirect costs

Part Four: The Common and Single Market

An overview of UK export growth since 1960

The success of the Common Market 1973-1992

The failure of the Single Market 1993-2012

What would have happened to UK exports if there had been no Single Market?

Have UK goods exporters been losing their touch?

A club of high unemployment…

…which is also distinctively severe

The slow growth of GDP and productivity in the Single Market 1993-2013

A burst of candour from European Commission staff about the failings of the Single Market

Who will measure the performance of the Single Market, how and when, and for whom?

Paradox in goods exports: non-members have been its major beneficiaries

Paradox in services: non-members have been its major beneficiaries

Why hasn’t ‘sitting round the table and helping to make the rules’ helped UK exports?

Does a Single Market in services exist?

Services exports to the EU and other markets

Part Five: Trade Agreements

The Commission as trade negotiator (I): A preference for small partner countries

The Commission as trade negotiator (II): The neglect of services

The Commission as trade negotiator (III): The sidelining of the Commonwealth

Have European Commission trade agreements in goods helped UK exports? A scorecard versus Chile, Korea, Singapore & Switzerland

The UK’s lost years of freer trade

Obstacles impeding EU service agreements

Part Six: Current debate

What does Her Majesty’s Government actually know about the impact of the EU on the UK economy?

Does the Bank of England know much more?

Has the EU’s Single Market been a magnet for foreign investors?

Why multinationals’ opinions on the EU are less than convincing

Immigration, free movement and welfare 

An academic illusion: research depends on an EU ‘pot of money’

Scaremongering to keep the UK in

We have been here before!

A Financial Times editor apologises for urging entry into the euro

How difficult would it be for post-Brexit UK to replace existing EU trade agreements?

Why the UK would negotiate better services FTAs by itself

Part Seven: The future

Uncertainties of staying

Uncertainties of leaving


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