Britain wins in Europe. Only we don’t seem to notice

The UK government is on course to win around 90 per cent of its policy goals in Europe, despite polling showing that a majority of Britons believe the country is a loser in Europe.

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The UK government is on course to win around 90 per cent of its policy goals in Europe, despite polling showing that a majority of Britons believe the country is a loser in Europe.

Two-thirds (62 per cent) of those surveyed by YouGov believed that the UK’s aims were mostly or always rejected in Europe, and two thirds (61 per cent) believed the UK had little or no influence and few friends.

YouGov focus groups also revealed that voters felt Britain was ‘insignificant’, had ‘lost its moral backbone’ and was ‘losing against the Germans and the French’ in Europe.

However in contrast to public pessimism, a new report by the pro-European pressure group British Influence has found that in 2013 Britain was successful in 18 policy areas in Europe, did well in 20 more and failed to achieve its policy objectives in just four areas.

Director of British Influence Peter Wilding blamed the perception gap on “some sort of victim syndrome with our EU membership”.

“In focus groups voters told us that Britain was ‘insignificant’ and ‘losing against the Germans and French’ in Europe. In fact the Scorecard shows that Britain has more impact on key EU decisions than the public perceives and is on track to achieve 90 per cent of its policy goals. Voters are crying out for stronger leadership from Britain in Europe,” he added.

Sir Malcolm Rifkind, former Conservative foreign secretary and one of the Scorecard’s authors, said:

“It is by playing the system more cleverly from the inside, rather than being tempted towards unrealistic and unworkable ruses that foster disappointment and disillusion, that we can deliver what we most desire – a powerful Britain within a reformed European Union.”

The full British Influence Scorecard report is online here

10 Responses to “Britain wins in Europe. Only we don’t seem to notice”

  1. Foullaini

    Why should the policies our elected parliament wish to pursue be up for grabs in some sort of European contest?

    Time to be a sovereign nation again.

  2. Sparky

    The public only believe that because of Labour’s weak, subservient track record in Europe. It took a Conservative PM to stand up for Britain. I’m glad that LFF has acknowledged how well the current government is doing in Europe.

  3. Cy Buki

    nice that they are doing so well on the continent, shame about how that is reflecting nowhere at home, punishing those that have nothing, picking on those that cannot fight back, failing to hold big corporations accountable for their actions, O’king the destruction of our water table with fracking. Nice they’re ding so well in Europe though.

  4. wj

    The thing I don’t understand is, if we did so well under Labour, and Labour were so in tune with the EU, and it was so advantageous to us to belong to the club – why did we run up such a large amount of debt and why were we left with such a deficit.

    And should we ignore the suffering of other countries such as Greece and Spain – were we so in tune with the EU that we went along with the bankster-assisted thuggery.

    Please, save your breath and propaganda – the only people to gain from this cronies club are members of the political class such as Kinnock and Mandelson.

    Interesting that LFF has suddenly developed such a love affair with members of the Conservative party – you’ll be quoting the CBI next.

  5. Mike Stallard

    James, I would very much like you to read what the leaders of Europe are actually saying quite openly. No, these are not proof texts. They are official statements of Europe’s future.

    “It is extremely fortunate that the prospect of war breaking out in the
    heart of Europe has become unimaginable… Through the European
    Union, we have found a way to resolve our differences peacefully.” The
    Guardian: Frank-Walter Steinmeier: German Foreign Minister.

    “Our fatherland is now Europe. Our national anthem is
    Ode to Joy.
    And our flag is that of the twelve yellow stars on an azure
    background.”

    “A clear victory for the pro-Europeans at the 2014 elections must herald
    the creation of a real constituent assembly, with the aim of
    establishing a truly federal Europe.”

    “A majority of people want more Europe, not less. The Constitution was
    not rejected because it was too ambitious but because it was not
    ambitious enough.”

    “The euro crisis does not in any way indicate that the introduction of the
    single European currency was a mistake.”

    “The ultimate consequence of identity thinking is the gas chambers of
    Auschwitz.”

    These are quotes from Guy Verhofstadt, a runner for the post of M. Barroso, whose State of the Union speech 2013 attacked nationalism and populism and called, several times for “More Europe.”

    Stop kidding around: people who think like this are not interested in merely national interests: they hate them!

  6. bootsyjam

    I don’t understand-on the one hand you bemoan the fall in real wages and the cost of living increases in an article today. This is down to importation of cheap foreign labour and QE (started by labour and continued by the tories) which devalues the £ in your pocket (along with the fractional reserve system-you know what that is don’t you?).

    And then on the other hand you say that we’re winning in the EU-despite the fact that the importation of cheap labour has driven down wages for the working classes. Does anyone in any political circles have any joined up thinking, or do people just go from policy to policy, taking the partisan party line and not managing to see any links at all. Seems like the latter.

  7. bootsyjam

    Interesting that every other country is in the same boat despite different political parties being in power in different states. Could it be that there isn’t any difference between any political party?

  8. bootsyjam

    I think the concept of mutually assured destruction after WW2 was pretty handy in preventing other wars as well. Don’t see too many states with nuclear weapons fighting each other in europe do you? In other continents where religious figures have the potential to have their finger on the button-now that’s different and rather worrying.

  9. wj

    Well, the crisis doesn’t seem to have reached our political elite – there doesn’t seem to be much austerity in Brussels.

  10. bootsyjam

    Yup-totally agree. And that’s LibLabCon across the board so vote for none of them. Vote local or spoil your ballot I reckon. Actually, I prefer the latter as it shows a complete rejection of the system.

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