Posted: 04/03/2016 at 12:55
Perhaps you don't realise that the bureaucrats in Brussels are sent there by the member countries. The UK has its fair share of jobsworths and others working in EU institutions and also on the outside lobbying those institutions on behalf of vested interests from businesses to charities.
It's always better to change and improve things from the inside. We are also culturally closer to Europe than anywhere else in the world.
As a gardener, I see the influence of British gardening here on the continent but also vice versa. I don't want to use chemicals like creosote or DDT or their successors because I care about my family's health and my descendants' health and the health and balance of the countryside around me. Any responsible government would ban them and the so-called anonymous Brussels bureaucrats who drew up those rules had their fair share of Brits in the mix.
I hope they continue to do so as there is much still to be done. Nor do I think withdrawing from Europe will improve the quality of home-grown politicians at local or regional level. You do that at the ballot box by voting for the best person and not blindly for some party.