The EU, a confederation of 27 nations, has made such a difference in European relations that it won the Nobel peace prize in 2012 but this did not stop a Conservative MP proposing a private member’s bill for a referendum on UK membership of the EU by 2017. Also, when Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party, charged that the outcome of the next general election in Britain was moot because ‘we are not governed from Westminster, we are governed from Brussels’ there didn’t seem to be many ...

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