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  1. They are proposed by national governments but have to be confirmed by the parliament. If they get rejected then the country has to pick someone else. For example: https://www.politico.eu/article/meps-reject-bratusek-and-force-juncker-rethink/ Compare that the UK where the Prime Minister can appoint whoever they like.
  2. That's how it works now. Commissioners are approved by the parliament and remain accountable to the parliament. In the past they forced the Santer Commission to resign.
  3. The really significant part of the Maastricht treaty wasn't the name change but the single currency, which we always had an opt out from. Denmark rejected it in a referendum and then approved it after they got an opt out too. ECJ and CJEU are the same thing. It just depends which acronym you use: European Court of Justice, or Court of Justice of the European Union.
  4. You've got the chronology wrong. The constitutional change was the European Communities Act 1972, which included the direct effect of European law. Our fundamental constitutional relationship with the European institutions had remained the same since then.
  5. This isn't realistic. Yes, we are outside the EU, but you cannot place absolute constraints on democracy, any more than we could have prevented UKIP from campaigning over the last 20 years. For better or worse, the EU still exists, and there is still a substantial number of people who think our true national interest is to be part of it. If you have a different view, you will have to keep winning the argument again, and again, and again. And if you get bored of making the case, don't be surprised if you end up losing.
  6. It's in the nature of being part of a regulatory union that there will be common standards for many things.
  7. That's pretty much what we had before Brexit. A permanent opt-out from the Euro and a full voice in the decisions of the EU, will full protection of our access to the single market. If that's what you wanted, then you should have voted Remain.
  8. What is the connection between pension reform and the collapse of the EU?
  9. More than 100 music stars (including Brexiteer Roger Daltrey) attack Brexit deal https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/more-than-100-music-stars-attack-brexit-deal-687znfk66
  10. How do you define a worse deal? Would you consider the same terms as France and Germany to be a bad deal, and if so is this not just special pleading?
  11. Such chapters in history end up with names like "the lost decade".
  12. Presumably you also want to give Scotland some of the assets? Some foreign embassies, nuclear submarines, etc?
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