Is Britain Being Blackmailed By the European Union?

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From Neil Bamforth at MadMikesAmerica:

The European Union seem to have declined Britain’s most generous offer of 20 billion pounds as a ‘divorce settlement’ when we leave – albeit I’m still tempted to write ‘if we leave’ as I’m far from convinced the British government has the balls to actually do it. Still, we must proceed under the impression we are leaving as that is what we voted to do. Latest reports suggest Prime Minister, Theresa May, is about to offer them 40 billion to try and get things moving.

This 20 billion / 40 billion business is quite confusing mainly because nobody has the foggiest idea why we should be offering them any money at the moment.

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  1. There is no reason the UK should be paying anything to get out of this parasitic organization, but there are two reasons why the EU is strongly motivated to grab whatever cash it can.

    First, there are rumblings of discontent in other member states. Even in France, pro-independence candidates won 43.6% of the vote in this year’s election in May. The EU has every reason to want to make Brexit as painful as possible to discourage others from getting out.

    Second, Britain is a net donor to the EU budget and its departure will leave a huge shortfall which will have to be made up by other members. It’s similar to what would happen with our federal budget if a net donor state like California or New York were to leave the US. Anything the EU can grab from Britain’s pockets on the way out will be that much less they have to pry out of German and French taxpayers or save via aid cutbacks to poorer countries.

    I’m often surprised at how many Americans seem to think the UK is some kind of giant Disneyland that stopped being a serious country in 1945 and survives on tourism and Monty Python residuals. It’s the fifth or sixth largest economy in the world and a major exporter of things like pharmaceuticals and heavy equipment. It’s the main supplier of financial services in Europe. It’s also one of only two real military powers in the EU (the other is France), so if Europe ever wants to develop its own defense capability more independent of the US, it’s going to need British cooperation, EU or no EU. The Brussels oligarchy is lucky it isn’t dealing with a British government that’s really inclined to play hardball and use all the leverage it has. They don’t really hold a lot of cards here.

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