I've not been following this argument, but surely accoding to your maxim, we ought to rotate the houses of parliament round the nations that make up the united kingdom too?
If you don't like the idea of moving unionist government builds around every 8years to avoid disenfranchisement, can I ask you if we should just have the Olympics, World Cup and European Cup finals in Brussels every tournament too?
I'm prepared to be convinced by information you provide if you take up the gauntlet of arguing why the UK needs EU membership.
It gives me the right to look for work in more prosperous countries, not just my own without worrying about the headache that is work visas. And when I last had a job, and was employed by a UK company that almost went bust, that company was bought out by a company headquartered in a different European country. The buy out was a fairly complicated, in that the UK company owned a subsidiary company in a different EU country (which again was probably massively simplified by us all being in the EU), and the buyout formed another UK company as a byproduct, which I'd imagine wouldn't have been formed in the UK if we were outside the EU, as it would have involved a significant transfer of IP across borders, including some that's cryptographically significant.
Why not start off by telling us what you personally anticipate losing if the UK withdraw. A good response to this one, will be the ability to put food on the table and losing a roof over your head.
Course, that's all conjecture on my part, but I genuinely believe that it would have been more complicated to do the above between three nation states, and would at least have resulted in me being made redundant sooner and with a much less generous payout.
I also buy a fair bit of stuff from abroad, and I'll say it's a lot easier to buy from EU states than it is from elsewhere, and a lot easier to buy from the continent since we've harmonised our VAT rates.
Edited by mal at 00:29:30 24-01-2013