Seriously, why? Arrsers harrumph constantly about Chavoamericanisation of British youth, cultural dumbing-down, etc, but an 'independent' UK in reality means greater Spamification, with all that entails. You moan about the UK going to the dogs & how you're going to retire to the south of France in the same posts, sometimes (Caubeen, eg). You moan about crappy NHS, transport, education system etc- look at the continent. Look at the way the French run their former colonies in Africa- and then look at us with Zim. Who's got the better idea? I also don't see them mired in the Middle East. And wouldn't an EU RRF be essentially run by us and funded by the French and Germans? Wouldn't that be a potential safeguard against merging of regiments and General MoD cheeseparing? With Sarkozy & Merkel Thatcherising the continent and Blair finally fcuking off, isn't this a chance to make the best of it, and return to a semblance of great power status- as the EU would be if we rolled our grumpy sleeves up and got stuck in?