honestly, it’s all and well to complain about the EU but when it comes down to it? yes, it’s an unprecedented experiment and i definitely agree it’s flawed in many ways (like wtf is up with the European Court of Justice? some of their judgments are downright illogical). but all those Eurosceptics (whether Tory or UKIP) complaining that they have absolutely no say in EU matters or that it’s ‘tyranny of the EU superstate’…do they even remember why the European Economic Community was formed???? maybe because the continent tore itself to pieces twice in less than fifty years and everyone realised that perhaps that was enough? this long stretch of peace between EU member states is reallyyyy unprecedented after centuries of war. like i totally agree the EU should be reformed in areas but it’s so tiresome to hear those MPs acting as if they’re being horribly oppressed by the EU. a lot of this is nostalgia for british exceptionalism, but face it- the empire is long gone. it was perfectly logical for the UK to look to the rest of Europe.
like tbh as much as the EU has problems, when i compare with the situation back in East Asia and SEAsia- I’m not too convinced that another armed conflict won’t happen in the near future. there are extensive trade ties, yes, but nothing like the EU. it’s kind of a forced peace because the other Asian countries look to the US to counterbalance China and keep Japan disarmed. there are so many territorial disputes, the issue of North Korea, China vs Taiwan etc. very much a balancing act here and you just need one thing to knock over the status quo- nothing at all like the EU- where for all the bickering, it’s very, very unlikely countries will go to war with each other.