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The UK and the shoal of hungry EU minnows

By August 21, 2018February 18th, 2021No Comments

AN UNEASY PARTNERSHIP OF UNEQUALS

HOW THE EU ISN’T WHAT IT SEEMS AND WE ARE NOT ALL THE SAME

A common thread running through all Remainer thinking is that the United Kingdom is lined up against twenty-seven countries of equal standing. This is wrong.

With one against twenty-seven, so the “argument” goes, the UK should “know its place”. This “argument” is based on a total misunderstanding of the composition of the EU. There is almost no comprehension of the relative size and importance of the twenty-eight member states.

Here we shine the light of truth into the darkness created by the fake news of the Establishment media and “teaching” of the publicly funded educational institutions.

Brexit Facts4EU.Org has looked at the latest information about the EU’s member states in the broadest terms. Below we give three principal facts which show how the EU is an uneasy partnership of unequals.

BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG SUMMARY

– BASIC DIFFERENCES IN THE EU –

The twenty-eight economies

The twenty-eight populations

Other forms of power

1. THE TWENTY-EIGHT ECONOMIES

Just four countries dominate, with 62.6% of total EU GDP.

EU COUNTRIES AND THEIR GDPs

$1,500+ bn – Germany, UK, France, Italy

$500-$1,500 bn – Spain, Netherlands, Sweden, Poland

Under $500 bn – Belgium, Austria, Ireland, Denmark, Finland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Romania, Greece, Hungary, Slovakia, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Cyprus, Malta

Only just over one-third of the EU’s total economic output comes from the combined total of 24 member states.

BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG SUMMARY – EU ECONOMY DOMINATED BY FOUR COUNTRIES

Just four countries produce 63% of the EU’s total economic output

The smallest twenty countries COMBINED produce only 19% of the EU’s economic output

With Brexit, the EU’s economy will drop by over 15% – overnight

Economic output as measured by GDP is, of course, only one measure of a country’s importance, but it’s a significant one. What the above figures show is the extraordinary imbalance in the economies of the EU28.

This also shows the massive impact on the EU of the departure of one its four economic powerhouses: the UK. The United Kingdom accounts for 15.2% of the EU’s total GDP.

2. THE TWENTY-EIGHT POPULATIONS

As might be expected, there is a similar story for the overall population of the EU.

BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG SUMMARY – EU’s POPULATION

More than half of the EU’s total population live in just four countries out of the 28

After Brexit the EU’s total population will drop from 512.6 million to 446.4 million

That’s a 13% drop, overnight

3. OTHER FORMS OF POWER

1. Military Power

There are many competing methods for measuring military power by country. They involve different weightings for different attributes. To keep life simple, here we present just a few key measures.

UK has highest defence budget in the EU

One of two major military powers out of the 28 member states

Number of EU’s nuclear powers will be halved on Brexit

UK is only major country in the EU spending NATO minimum of 2% of GDP on defence

Germany is currently spending little more than half of this

2. Diplomatic Power

Number of EU’s permanent members of UN Security Council will be halved on Brexit

UK has second-highest number of diplomatic missions worldwide, after France

FCO retains global reputation for quality and extent of its diplomacy

3. Overseas aid

UK is biggest donor of international aid in the EU

UK gives bilaterally to countries

It also gives to the EU for the EU to spend and claim as its own international aid

OBSERVATIONS

THIS EU IS AN UNEASY PARTNERSHIP OF UNEQUALS

Above we have summarized some key facts which highlight the UK’s relative power in comparison with the other EU member states.

The UK is not leaving a union of twenty-eight broadly similar countries. The UK’s departure is nothing short of dramatic for the EU. The EU’s economy will plunge by more than 15% overnight, and its population will fall by more than 13%. These are big numbers.

In this article we haven’t even mentioned the fact that the UK pays far more than its fair share into the EU budget and into the EU’s ‘off-the-books’ funds. Without Germany and the UK, the EU would be bankrupt in an instant. Leaving aside Germany, make no mistake that ‘just’ without the UK and its taxpayers’ money the impact on the EU will be huge.

So far the EU has perpetuated the myth that it’s the UK who is the suppliant in the Brexit negotiations. This is simply nonsense and is a consequence of the feeble attitude of Theresa May and her government, the EU’s Remainer fifth column.

THE UK’S APOLOGETIC APPEASERS

The UK suffers from a disease affecting many western countries. It has endured decades of propaganda in classrooms and lecture theatres which has had the effect of more than a generation of British people being brought up to believe that the UK is somehow an inferior country – or at least far less significant than the reality shows.

Whilst the brainwashing of the young has happened across the western world, in the UK it has been particularly bad.

It is not in the nature of the English to blow our own trumpet. “Self-deprecating” or “understated” are words often used internationally to describe us. These are qualities which we have no desire to see altered.

Nevertheless when it comes to Brexit, the apologetic and defeatist mentality about the United Kingdom and its standing in the world has been highly damaging.

Had the Prime Minister stood up straight and looked and talked confidently, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Her recent proclamation that she is now in charge of the Brexit negotiations would be a bad joke, if it weren’t so serious for the country.

We repeat our urgent call for her to be replaced, without a three-month leadership contest. Thanks to this Saboteur-in-Chief, the country now has no time to waste.

[Sources: International Monetary Fund WEO Database | NATO | Eurostat] 07.15am, 19 Aug 2018

http://facts4eu.org/news.shtml