You might think that if we vote to leave the EU then what happens to Europe after that is not our concern, that would be very short sighted. Were we to vote for Brexit then that could be the start of a domino effect for the other members of the EU. Continue reading
There are about 1,000,000 holiday homes in Europe owned by Brits. Could brexit result in holiday home taxes being introduced across Europe?
If you own a second home in the EU, what will the situation be after 23rd of June if we leave the EU. Continue reading
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) entitles UK citizens to free or reduced-cost treatment in other EU countries. It doesn’t have the same benefits as travel insurance, but if you have one, many travel insurance policies will waive the excess payment on a claim. In the event of a Brexit, such agreements would have to be renegotiated and there is no guarantee of the same result. Continue reading
In my ongoing attempt to bring you some facts, I have been looking through the internet and the papers to see which overseas politicians and statesmen have spoken in favour of our continued EU membership and which have spoken against it.
You can argue that these people should not interfere, but that view tends to be expressed by the opposite side when support is forthcoming for the rival campaign. Continue reading
The cost of tobacco does not bother me that much but it is obviously important to many people as the treasury looses a lot of money from purchases of tobacco in the EU. Last year the government estimated it lost between 1.2 billion and 2.9 billion pounds from tobacco smuggled into GB and between 0.7 billion and 0.5 billion from legally imported tobacco. This adds up to something between 1.9 billion and 3.4 billion pounds. Obviously the estimates for smuggled goods are going to be somewhat wide as no one really knows how successful the smugglers are. Click here to check the figures Tax revenue losses from tobacco. Continue reading
For the past seven years the EU has been forcing prices down by placing a cap on the charges operators can impose and reducing that limit each year. Leaving the EU might mean that all agreements are scrapped and have to be renegotiated. Continue reading
One of the themes of this series of blogs has been to look into the amount of influence the EU has on British decision making… our Sovereignty. So far I have produced blogs on our Health service (part 12) and our Defence (part 15) Now let us consider education.
Europe does have a body concerned with education. It is The Directorate General for Education and Culture, or DG EAC. Continue reading
Supporters of an exit say British taxpayers would save about 10 billion pounds a year if they no longer had to contribute to the E.U. budget.
However Britain would have to spend more on the government functions that are now handled by the E.U. so the saving would be less than 10 billion. Continue reading
Arguably, the people most likely to be affected by the EU referendum are those who live in Europe. Could their vote affect the outcome, well obviously yes and the more so if the outcome is a very close run thing as it may well be. Continue reading