Report The Politics Thread in Misc Posted August 1, 2015 Who can say?' date=' admittedly many voices in the investment banking sector are concerned at the prospect of an EU withdrawal but likewise you will find an equal amount of hedge fund managers drawling at the prospect of an EU pull out. And whilst you may speculate that the worlds financial markets will shift to the EU ( but not Scotland, they will do as they are told and leave with us ) I think you are underestimating the City (and the UK) as a whole. The size of its world market, its stable legal system, flexible working practices, low corporate taxes, common language and our close corporate relationship with the US means its a pretty big beast. Do you really think the EU could recreate the city of London?, I think not. Lets be honest here the inherent protectionism , stifling bureaucracy and illegal ( by EU agreement laws) activities of the EUs member states would make such a project at the very best long winded and more likely impossible to create.[/b'] Now I'm guessing you are pro EU? ( apologies if you are not) and one thing I notice ( its a theme) that your argument always stays towards fear and threat. I never hear anyone from your (?) side raising the benefits the UK brings to the EU?. After our German friends we are the second biggest economy in the EU, currently the seventh richest in the world our annual trade deficit with the EU stands at around £1 billion, we are the EUs biggest car market and behind only Germany the EUs second largest net contributor....need I go on?. Instead the argument always returns to what the UK will lose, perhaps its time to reverse the argument and ask what will happen to the EU if the UK left?. Perhaps you are right?, maybe the economic argument should close but with the conclusion that whatever happens the UK will not starve or go bankrupt overnight. And I say this with the best will in the world, but we are not Greece, Ireland or Portugal and unlike those poor souls we don't have to go cap in hand to the Germans or fear the spiteful French we can and ( now we are finally being given the chance) will make our own minds up free from threats. I live in an Euro country and am pro-free market intergration (my opinion about the single currency I won't express as it's not related to the debate). Look, please you must understand I'm not trying to appear threatening or frightening how could I !? My questions arose from genuine curiosity regarding the upcoming UK vote and how the British conservatives envisage the EU, that's all My point was, and reproducing a recent slogan, UK and EU are much better together. I fear that circunstancial political motives related to Schengen, a recent surge in British radical nationalism and the mess that is the Greek crisis would lead to the UK abandoning such a decent and lucrative project.