With Europe’s migration crisis escalating everywhere from Calais to the Mediterranean refugee flotillas, many are claiming that exiting Europe will solve these and other migration “problems”. This is one of the biggest political mis-selling scandals of our time, writes Laura Sandys, chair of the European Movement, as a comment in The Guardian this week. “Outers” have Read more
One of the biggest myths about the circumstances in which Britain joined the EEC (as it was then) in 1972 was that what we were being offered was simply a trading arrangement which did not involve pooling or loss of sovereignty. Those propagating this myth therefore claim repeatedly that the British people were sold a Read more
Press release by European Movement in Scotland. Responding to the launch of the Universities for Europe campaign, which includes 19 Scottish universities, Derek Hammersley, Chairman of the European Movement in Scotland, – leading the campaign for continued membership of the European Union (EU) – said: “We applaud the higher education sector in standing up to Read more
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Not true. You wouldn’t believe it from the eurosceptic rhetoric, but in fact, both British businesses and inward investors have been emphatic that Britain must stay in!
- 85% of British manufacturers want us to remain in the EU, according to a 2014 survey by the British manufacturers’ association EEF. The... Read more
Not true. Firstly, we don’t decide anything at EU level unless all member countries have explicitly agreed by treaty to do so — and even then, each piece of legislation is agreed by national governments. For sensitive matters like tax and foreign affairs, the requirement for this agreement is... Read more
Not true. There is a persistent myth (reliably recycled every year by UK newspapers) that the European Court of Auditors has refused to sign off the EU’s accounts, but this is entirely false.
In the most recent audit year (2013), the Court gave a clean bill of health to the... Read more
Not true. We were never hoodwinked. We actually left a free trade zone (EFTA) to join the EU, specifically because we felt free trade was not enough. The Wilson government, setting out its reasons for applying in 1967, stressed that “Europe is now faced with the opportunity of a... Read more