Richard28 you argue your case strongly and with some knowledge for staying in the EU , but is there any situation either now or in the future which would cause you to want the UK to leave the EU
Thanks for your kind words VC10, just because we have different views it does not mean they cannot get along
That's a difficult question to answer as there are so many hypotheticals that could happen in the future and change ones stance.
At the moment the EU is not perfect, far from it, so I am not blinkered to this, however for me leaving the EU simply causes far more problems than it solves.
The main thing for me is how the EU has pulled together a continent that has historically all been at war with each other to help bring a lasting peace - that extends both to national wars and domestically with things like ETA, 17N and IRA now, hopefully, things of the past.
The argument is too often categorised as left vs right - I believe in market economics and capitalism (I am a chartered professional and fellow within the financial sector), so I'm definitely not from the left side of the field.
The fact the countries within the EU have a veto means that things within the EU take time to achieve, but that is a side product of democracy. The structure and process should ensure that the EU stays on track, but I guess the main threat is that it cannot be nimble to respond things quickly, which is perhaps one of the threats.
The euro currency (and national debt structure) also has many problems as well, and has started to cause a north/south divide within the EU, but of course the UK was not part of the euro, so we were well placed within the EU on these grounds, but is an issue the EU needs to address. It is also not helped by enforcing new EU members to join the euro - the two things should be kept apart.
Immigration and control fo the external EU border is also an issue but very difficult through geographical and political reasons. A centralised EU force/military might be a good way forward for this to help share the burden (although international foreign policy and aid are perhaps more effective - but these are mainly at national level and not EU).
So for me the main reason to change view would be if the EU started in any way to become aggressive in any military way either internally or externally, or if it gave up the principles of its freedoms in favour of controls. Both unlikely, but I guess they would be the ones.