I always considered that the main reason for joining was to allow more freedom of movement of people and goods for commerce, which has been is brilliant.
However there is that underlying current that wants to make it into a Federation and all be the same.But really, none of the main parties really want this.
The same laws to apply in the UK as in France.NON!!
The stupid rules that come out of Brussels regarding the size and shape of fruit and vegetables and other things.They might suit the Mainland Europeans, but don't kid yourself,we are not considered as anything but those English.
I did not object too strongly over metrification, only the rip off shops, but am sorry I cannot now offer you a penny for your thoughts.
I have enjoyed the ease of traveling abroad in the motorhome, but the reception we get at many places does tell me that we are still those foreigners from UK.
Before you ask, no my French is awful, as is my Spanish and german, but I smile a lot and speak softly, using my skills of playing charades and being a Cabby.
We have had a lot of fun with many nationalities, but a beer or wine goes a long way to help solve many problems. Have had to make TEA for some as well.
May I say Bravo to all those who have settled mainly in France, for managing to cope with the red tape brigade.I wonder how many forests have been used by them.
I nearly became one of you back in 1975.