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The Bruges Group spearheaded the intellectual battle to win a vote to leave the European Union and, above all, against the emergence of a centralised EU state.
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The Main Disadvantages of the EU Membership


The maiden official alliances among European countries happened shortly after World War II with the formation of NATO in 1949. Eight years later we saw the foundation of the European Economic Community as the countries joined their strengths in sharing bountiful industries that went on to serve a much wider spectrum of people instead of a single nation.

This all led to the foundation of the most dominant European treaty alliance, the European Union. It was born in 1993 through the Maastricht Treaty with the purpose of political and economical integration of European countries. Since then, we have witnessed several rises of the union that currently counts 27 members. The United Kingdom is no longer there as the majority of UK citizens supported the famous 2020 Brexit. While the alliance still stands to its goals, we can't deny the fact its main principles have been shaken by the series of events in the last decade.

If you are wondering why so many Britons are against the European Union, you will find this article very helpful and informative as we provide a list of the main disadvantages of the European Union membership. This article has been made possible thanks to the information provided by Newjerseysafebetting.

1 – Fewer Borders = Increased Danger

While the whole concept of cutting the boundaries between EU members is easy to understand and sounds great in theory, the reality has already revealed to us its main dangers. We have witnessed so many unnecessary wars and crimes of all kinds throughout history. Most of these were organized by a single person or organization. Now, when this person/organization has enough power, he/it can cause chaos and put the lives of ordinary people in big jeopardize. Fewer restrictions among the EU countries have thus helped the coordination of the horrible attacks in Paris in 2015 (more than 130 people died in these). The continent has also suffered from other similar attacks with open borders. The EU should work much harder to address this big issue and limit the chances of these terrorist attacks as much as it can.

2 – Local governments are powerless to act in some instances

We have witnessed major migrations waves in Europe in the last decade. People from Middle East countries found all sorts of ways to escape their home nations and reach European countries in search of better lives. The constant wars in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, etc. made regular lives impossible in these countries. We all expected the European Union to resolve this growing issue but the way it dealt with it was highly disappointing. The main problem lay in the fact that local governments of the EU members did not get enough aid from the alliance outside of the already-present humanitarian help.

3 – Lack of transparency & money costs

The lack of transparency is a significant problem in any sphere. In most cases, it hides some forbidden actions. While there are no clues regarding any kind of forbidden actions in the European Union, the lack of transparency in the elections of the European Commission members is wrong. Ordinary people thus have no idea who represents them or how good of a job that respective person is doing in such an important function. The EU members can't do much here as they are required to strictly follow the laws of the organization if they want to stay in it.

Another disadvantage is concerned with the costs. Every member state is required to provide significant amounts of money to support the European Union's functioning. For example, the United Kingdom had to pay $19.8 billion gross to the Union for the membership. This money could be better spent within the nation's borders.

4 – The European Union favours bigger countries

The financial data from the last decade confirms this statement. According to the International Monetary Fund statistics, per capita GDP grew much higher in some bigger countries, while the others like Greece even saw a decline. Per capital GDB thus rose by 19% in Germany and by 14% in the Netherlands from 2010 to 2016. The countries that faced significant economical issues such as Greece or Italy accumulated much more modest numbers. We can thus talk about double standards since according to the original agreement budget deficits can't be higher than 3% of the nation's GDP.

We also need to mention the inappropriate taxation structure within the Union. It practically makes it impossible for the new companies to grow and develop. None of the biggest businesses across all significant industries in the EU were created within the last 30 years. Knowing that we've seen the likes of Google, Amazon, or Facebook growing rapidly in the last couple of decades, it is easy to recognize the lack of development of new businesses based in the European Union countries. 

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