It is strange how some people buy in to the vision of a great British bygone utopian era - before or during the war that few are alive now to have actually experienced first hand.
The reality for the average family, life long poverty, poor health, no health care, high childhood mortality, rickets and scurvy from smog and poor diet, injury or death in lawless factories and pits, insanitary slum housing, low life expectancy, little chance of progression to a better life. The halcyon days between the wars were purely for the upper/ruling classes.
And blame the EU for everything that befalls them in their life (mostly imaginary) and ignore the benefits.
The improvement to health and the environment built through peace brought about by the formation of the EU and the wealth that has created. Alignment of far reaching health and safety legislation across the EU - By agreement at all times by all the signatories - we were forced in to nothing - improved environmental protection by meeting standards already set in neighbouring EU countries (we've been playing catch up for years) is really staring to make a difference. Many species are coming back from the brink.
The thing on the news about the £1.6 billion realignment for payments - what a total croc - it is smoke and mirrors - the UK has known about this for months, it should be no surprise. This realignment to balance the £billions the UK receives in EU rebate every year. The UK is a multi £trillion economy. That amount is a pittance compared to what we earn from EU membership in trade.
It is 1/6th of an Olympics. 1/10th of a Crossrail, 1/3 of a supercarrier (so far). The monthly trade between the UK and EU is (eg for June 2014), exports of goods were £23.5 billion - imports of goods were £32.9 billion these fluctuate across the year due to changes in oil prices, tourism, changes to manufacturing cycles etc. But you can see a £1.6 billion bill is a piss in a pond ere and is being spun by the Tories to make them look like the anti EU force majeure to beat UKIP.