As Gordon (son of the manse) Brown signed away England's sovereignty to the EU, others were openly laughing behind his back. Yes, they really were. They'd just pinned a sign saying 'MUG' on his back!
I really don't know if England's membership of the EU is advantageous or not, but certain facts are inescapable.
Let's compare the UK's annual contribution to the EU, with tiny Luxembourg's. Each year the UK contributes €103 Billion, and Lux' €2.3 Billion. UK receives back €4.6 Billion, and Lux' €10 Billion. The net benefit per capita is MINUS €937 for every UK resident, and PLUS €16,170 for every Lux' resident.
OK, the UK is a wealthy country, and Lux' is a tin-pot state filled with multi-millionaires. But what the hell is going on here? I fail to understand why each and every UK citizen should be out-of-pocket by €937, whilst the super rich residents of Luxembourg each benefit to the tune of €16,170 (maybe that's WHY they're so effing rich).
You may wonder why I've chosen to compare the UK to Luxemburg. Well, according to the IMF Luxembourg is the second richest country in the world (after Qatar), by GDP per capita.... Don't you, like me, get the impression that something's gone seriously wrong in all this?