Gavin Maclure's Musings

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The future of the European Union and Eurozone

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Yesterday, Lord Lawson of Blaby, also known as Nigel Lawson, Mrs Thatcher’s most successful Chancellor of the Exchequer, stuck his head above the parapet and declared Britain should leave the European Union.

I happen to firmly agree with Lord Lawson. We should be exiting the EU as soon as possible to take back control of our government and borders. But I also recall the then Nigel Lawson nodding his head beside Geoffrey Howe as the former Deputy Prime Minister knifed Margaret Thatcher in the back with his resignation speech from her Government in 1990. Why did Mr Howe resign? Oh yes, because of Margaret Thatcher’s views on the European Community (before the Maastricht Treaty made it the EU).

Mrs Thatcher is winning the argument even in death.

At least Nigel Farage has been consistent in his views. This makes his speech in a European Parliament committee meeting today very prophetic. The leader of Ukip predicts Britain will exit the EU within five to six years and the Euro in the Mediterranean EU states will end in violence and with the “southern nations hating the northern nations”.

This was all predicted twenty years ago but is sadly what happens when politics is put before economics. But change is happening which will help the UK escape this monumental mess.