What we thought we were get­ting

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AL­MOST 30 years ago, Bri­tain was signed up to what is now known as the Euro­pean Union by the then Tory Prime Min­is­ter Ted Heath.

It wasn’t un­til two years later, in 1975, that the British pub­lic were al­lowed a ref­er­en­dum on whether we should have joined up.

Two-to-one were in favour of re­main­ing part of the Euro­pean community. But back then, it ex­isted for spe­cific rea­sons that ap­pealed to the British pub­lic. Re­laxed bor­der con­trols be­tween mem­ber states Cross-bor­der red-tape scrapped for busi­ness Be­com­ing a sin­gle eco­nomic mar­ket fac­ing the rest of the world

Pro­mo­tion of nu­clear en­ergy and cross-con­ti­nen­tal agri­cul­ture and fish­ing poli­cies A com­mon com­mer­cial trad­ing en­tity The end of the ex­treme na­tion­al­ism that led to World War Two An un­demo­cratic Euro­pean Court

of Hu­man Rights that can usurp British law The di­ver­sion of Bri­tain’s mas­sive

£65.6bil­lion an­nual EU con­tri­bu­tion to coun­tries Brussels-led not in need

reg­u­la­tions that sti­fle busi­ness A un­wieldy Com­mon Agri­cul­ture Pol­icy

cost­ing a for­tune that none of the 27 mem­ber

states can agree on EU de­ci­sions made by un­elected

com­mis­sion­ers Be­ing told what to do by France and

Ger­many

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