To get the ball rolling, and give Emmett something to get his teeth into, this is my two cents on the whole situation, as posted on another thread earlier today:
I'd like to butt in a little here and try to reconcile my perceptions of both sides of this. Emmett and his assorted ilk do have legitimate concerns regarding lack of accountability, corruption and numerous other problems which do genuinely exist with the EU at present. Where they become head-bangingly frustrating is when they use these problems as some kind of justification against the principle of European federalisation. The way to solve these problems is to engage properly in the system, rather than shouting Nazi-themed abuse in the debating chamber.
Emmett does strike me as a reasonable man, however he has yet (to my knowledge) to address the core issue of why a federalised Europe is a bad thing. The EU gives us just as much power over 'Johnny Foreigner' as it gives 'Johnny Foreigner' over us, and the notion that we would come up with our own sets of manufacturing standards just to be obtuse is laughable. I'm happy to acknowledge the specific problems with the EU in it's current incarnation, but unless you can address the core, idealogical issue, you will always be seen as a xenophobic, 1980's fringe group.