Ruled from Brussels my arse!
Absolutely not. The UK is ruled by Brussels as much as the US is ruled by the UN.
Democracy doesn't depend on the sovereignty of the nation state. Citizens of Europe elect representatives to the European Union. In my opinion, the importance of the nation state is dwindling, but in many cases it's being replaced with larger regional institutes.
To start with your last point first. I disagree. It's true that if individual countries in Europe still had their own currencies, the drop in their value during a recession would help their economies recover. The Euro has remained stubbornly high. But you can't ignore the economic benefits the Union has brought. Increased trade between member nations thanks to the reduction/removal of border tariffs is just one. It could also be argued that the intertwining of member nation economies has reduced the chances of wars breaking out between member states. On your other point, I partly agree. I think the power of the nation state is shifting to multinational corporations. Institutes that answer to their shareholders only. Some are so large and influential that they shape national policy. Eg: "If you raise taxes, we'll shift our base overseas and you'll be left to deal with the unemployment and the hole in your budget". "If you don't allow us to mine in that national park, we'll take our lucrative investments elsewhere". etc etc
It will not be different. Each state has it own laws..<br />
Europe is ba<x>sed on the US Federal State System. Just like how you guys may not like your President and Government, we do not like the Euro Commissioner nor Brussels.
What about the french ad the mexicans.
sorry,i misintrpreted your question,missed the point totally.i thought the french colonised in the south of us and california belonged to mexico but your question relates specifically to the british,my mistake.
Yes, hearing the story of how we won the war for our independence is one of the few things I draw national pride from
I'm happy they invented the knockout game
i doubt it - because if it had remained a colony the impacts would cascade through history - the empire probably would have lasted longer too - everything would have been different