LETTER: The EU is nothing like a golf club

Can we please stop printing all these '˜leaving the EU compared to leaving a golf club' analogies?

Monday, 29th May 2017, 12:30 pm
Updated Sunday, 4th June 2017, 8:52 pm

There is no such comparison, no country has ever left before and no-one knows whether we will be better or worse off in the short, medium or longer term. There are plenty of people making dire predictions with just as many painting a rosy picture. For those trying to decide who to believe my advice is to examine where they get their money from.

Who can even say what would have happened to us should we have chosen to remain? Would we have gone from having the top nine poorest regions in northern Europe to having the top 20? Or just the top five?

Will the EU eventually consolidate around the Eurozone leaving non-Euro countries out in the cold? (That’s already happening). Would another country have jumped first? And were such a country to be one of the 19 net beneficiary countries, would the EU be offering to pay them 50 billion euros as an exit bonus in the same way they are asking for an exit bill from us? We just don’t know.

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In the meantime I am reminded of a great saying from Eric Hoffer:

“Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.”

Dave Walsh

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