The problem with the EU is that if the EU didn’t exist we would need to build it to solve the real world problems that the EU was built to solve. Oh yes, it would be called something different, would have different wording of treaties and the structures would be a little different but would for all intents and purposes be the same thing. Why do I say this? Let’s take as an example just one area of EU competence: Aviation.
Let’s look at the European continent. Depending on how you count it there are thirty to forty countries in Europe. To fly a plane between country A and B one needs a pilot’s license. This license must be recognized by both countries. This means that there must be some type of treaty or agreement between these countries. Yes, there is the Chicago convention which covers international aviation, but this doesn’t give legal force to the ideas in that treaty.
Despite what the screwballs in the UK think, it is not possible to buy a 3D printer, print out a replica Spitfire and fly to Brandenburg Airport while brandishing a copy of the Chicago convention.
There needs to be a legal agreement between the countries to cover license and safety standards. Now if there is no EU/EASA overseen by the ECJ to organize the treaties and standards then there would need to be a mesh of treaties between each and every single country in continental Europe. This means 400+ international treaties; 400+ quangos governing standards; 400+ courts to resolve disputes; 400+ set of judges appointed. Yes, as crazy as this sounds, this is how it works outside the EU.
Repeat for the hundreds of different areas of EU competence. Thousands upon thousands of international treaties; thousands of sets of regulation and policies being written by bureaucrats and specialists in quangos; thousands of largely secret courts, all being done without any Parliament or Counselor’s oversight. These are your options, take your pick which is preferable.
After decades of people banging on about how awful the EU is, not a single one of them has been able to come up with any alternative as to how to do things. Literally no one in the UK that has been banging on about Brexit for decades has come up with anything resembling a workable solution to any one of the areas that the EU has responsibility for. No one.
The EU is awful is it? Okay, so describe out how to do things differently … Silence… tumbleweed …
Any fool can condemn and complain and most fools do.