And no, I don't mean that they're all pros at conning the public. This is an outgrowth of the Did Blair Cave In? thread started by W.Anchor earlier today. I've seen at least a couple people speaking up for the EU so hopefully we should get some balanced feedback, byt the question I wanted to ask is what do you personally think the pros and cons of the UK having membership of the EU are? Now I have to state out front that whilst I think the original idea had a lot of merit, the current piss poor state its grown into has made it more of a drag on the UK than a boon. I honestly think we should withdraw from the place and simply rejoin the European Free Trade Association and the European Economic Area instead. This article by a rather disgruntled Conservative MEP I find to be highly convincing - all the the trade benefits, none of the craptastic Brussels parts. Thoughts, comments?