Fresh from the UK's election which returned a majority Conservative government the EU now faces the possibility of a Brexit (British Exit) as well as a Greek one, Grexit! I'd be interested in views from other, particularly European, posters as to the shape of EU you want. The EU current direction of travel is steaming toward statehood, a USofE if you like, with full political and monetary union, it's own flag, anthem, diplomatic service, army etc and diminishing powers of nation state. Is that what you want and/or feel is right and have given your electoral consent for? The EU sits uncomfortably for many Brits. When the vote to join was taken in the mid 70s it was on the basis of a trading area not political union which is why the UK has perhaps never fully engaged and public opinion has been heavily eurosceptic. The Euro crisis and the mass movement of peoples (c4m to UK since 2003) has just worsened that anti-EU feeling. The UK will now present it's list of 'demands' for reforms before the in/out referendum takes place in 2017. If there's little change I'm pretty sure there will be a fair chance of UK voting out. There are a multitude of areas where the British have issues (not all can/will be changed) including ~ 1) Political union ~ no thanks, the UK wants powers to come back to national level, less integration which is probably opposite to what EZ needs. 2) Free movement of people ~ UK wants limits/rules on free movement where migrant does not have a job offer and also limits of their rights to benefits/services to which they have never contributed unless migrant has financial means to support themselves and family. 3) Trade ~ the UK is the rEU 's biggest trading partner but the single market has not been fully implemented for decades with many nations still pretty protectionist, particularly in services. If the EU is serious they need to fully implement the single market. Why should the UK be totally open if other member nations put up barriers? 4) CAP/CFP ~ these do not work for UK. CAP protects inefficient farming whilst creating barriers to trade from outside the EU. As one of the EU's net contributors we get to pay for this farce albeit a reduced amount because of UK's rebate. The CFP ~ the UK only has a 20% quota of fish caught from it's own territorial waters ~ the UK pays £billions for fish caught in our waters by other EU nations which is ludicrous. I believe the UK should be demanding that we have full control over our own territorial waters, other EU nations can butt out 5) EHCR ~ not strictly EU but the UK will opt out and introduce own Bill of Rights which will have supremacy irrespective of EU membership 6) Membership of the Euro ~ never Will require safeguards for non-eurozone nations. Our financial services industry would be disproportionately impacted by proposed EZ FTT tax even though we're not EZ members ~ if the EZ wants it they can tax & collect it themselves on EZ transactions not make our services industry uncompetitive! 7) Small business ~ EU regulations are choking the growth of small business ~ they should be exempt altogether if they operate purely at national levels and have a small workforce. Most jobs in the economy are created by small not multinational businesses. The EU is over regulated, very uncompetitive and is pretty much the only economic area with no growth. 8) Financial accountability ~ the EU hasn't been able to sign off its accounts for 19 straight years with admission of widespread fraud and waste. There should be no more contributions increases until EU gets its house in order 9) Democratic deficit ~ we can get rid of national of local politicians and EU MEPs but have no voice in the creation of EU laws or it's executive. Sorry we didn't sign up for a USSR lookalike. 10) An EU tax to replace national contributions ~ quite frankly there'd be riots if not an outright revolution in the UK if this came to pass but EU keeps pushing for one! From a personal perspective I don't see any merit in paying a net c£10bn contribution to do trade we'd largely do anyway or to be members of an undemocratic, over-regulated, non-competitive, dying customs union or some wannabe superstate. The UK has only had a positive trading balance in one of the 40+ years we've been members and have seen a flow of monies from the UK to other EU states ~ hardly a positive reason to retain membership. The British people will never (IMO) vote for political & monetary union so it'd be better to stand aside and let rEU get on with it if thats what they want. The UK is still the 6th largest trading nation, 8th largest manufacturer and yet we don't even have a voice at the WTO. Many say the UK will suffer if we leave the EU but that will only happen if they put up barriers with their largest trading partner (see 3) above) which would be a ridiculous scenario given that EU has dozens of free trade agreements with other non-EU countries. I'd prefer UK to be look globably not just towards Europe even if our economy took a short term hit. If we did I'm sure our relations with our neighbours would be all the better for it as we wouldn't be saying no all the time!