Why Britain should leave the EU?
WHY BRITAIN SHOULD LEAVE THE EU
"ANTI-EUROPEAN UNION SENTIMENT SEEMS TO BE MAINLY AN ENGLISH CONCERN. ISN'T IT JUST A LITTLE ENGLANDER THING?"
We have a Big Britain mentality, not a Little Englander mentality.
That's why we are concerned about Britain’s industry and jobs, Britain's money, Britain’s government and Britain's democracy. Anybody who is concerned about these issues must also be concerned about the negative influence of the EU. Britain can only stand to prosper, both economically and politically, if we leave the EU.
TAKE, FOR EXAMPLE, THE EFFECT ON INDUSTRY AND JOBS.
Look at the £1billion Ministry of Defence ferry order which should go to Govan. However, the order is likely to go to Germany because the British government is unwilling to help support the cost of the project here at home - because to do so would break EU rules. John Reid, the Scottish Secretary, has stated that the Government is constrained within European Union rules and is not prepared to step outside them, in order to subsidise the Govan yard. ("Reid plays it by the EU rules", The Herald, 18-4-00, p. 6)
If we were out of the EU then such home industry could be properly supported.
The EU is the key cause behind the de-industrialisation of Britain. The decline of the fishing, farming, coal, ship-building and steel industry are all directly related to EU membership.
It is EU integration and regulation which is costing us jobs.
TAKE THE FISHING INDUSTRY.
If we are to achieve our policy objectives of rebuilding fishing communities and ensuring proper environmental management of fish stocks, we must re-establish control of the 200-mile exclusive fishing zone. That can't be done so long as the EU is allowed to plunder our fishing waters.
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If we get out of the EU we will save the £11 billion a year which we currently give the EU and we could use that money to fund a new set of subsidies, targeted towards a more sustainable programme which encourages national self-sufficiency, small farms, mixed farming, land fertility, young farmers, farm start-ups, rural employment, local production and distribution networks, organic production, food quality, and projects which protect the environment
In short, it is clear that membership of the EU blocks the road forward to re-building industry and creating jobs throughout Britain.
IF BRITAIN STAYS IN THE EU, IT WILL LOSE ITS OIL FIELDS.
Written into the Treaties which the government has signed is a clause which will be used to claim Britain's oil as a common resource for the entire EU. Preambles 8 and 10 of Title 2 of the Consolidated Treaty Establishing the European Community (p. 25) state that every member of the EU has "Resolved by thus pooling their resources ... to create a European Community." This will happen if the EU considers it has conditioned the people sufficiently to accept such a move.
Unless we want Britain’s oil to become Europe's oil, we need to get out of the EU, and get back into the world again.
THE EFFECT ON THE PUBLIC PURSE
Britain is a net contributor to the EU purse. We will have more money to spend on public services if we leave the EU.
Money is draining out of Britain: Money that could be used to fund public services right here, right now. The British taxpayer is subsidising the poorer economies of Europe and that situation is only going to get worse as the EU expands and brings in the even poorer economies of Eastern Europe.
The projects in Britain which claim to be funded by the EU simply represent our own money coming back to us!
Britain, can only stand to prosper if we leave the EU.
THE EFFECT ON GOVERNMENT AND DEMOCRACY
Politically, Britain will be free to develop policies in response to its own particular needs. So long as we remain members of the EU we are required to put the supposed interests of the EU as a whole before the interests of Britain. All laws, made at Westminster, are either set by Brussels, or have to be framed within the limits allowed by Brussels.
That is bad for democracy and it's bad for Britain. Our democratically elected representatives can't properly represent our particular needs. Britain could never have got rid of the poll tax if it had been imposed by Brussels.
Britain has had a direct voice in Europe for the last 27 years and a fat lot of good it's done! Britain can talk all it likes just so long as it doesn't expect anybody to listen. Twenty-seven years of British membership have taught us that much.
The aim of the European Union is the destruction of the nation-state. The EU is against the whole idea of nation-states. It wants to promote a giant United States of Europe with one policy, one law and one economy, for all. This is bad for democracy and bad for the survival and continuing diversity of a Europe of distinct nation-states.
AS MARGERET THATCHER SAID “GOD KNEW WHAT HE WAS DOING WHEN HE PUT WATER BETWEEN US AND EUROPE”
In any case, that whole argument misunderstands the nature of the EU. The EU exists to promote the supposed interests of the group. It does not exist to allow any one nation to promote its interests over those of another. To promote a national interest for Britain would be against the whole ethos of membership.
"BRITAIN CAN'T SURVIVE WITHOUT THE EU. LOOK AT THE BENEFITSBRITAIN RECEIVES. IF BRITAIN LEFT THE EU SHE'D BE WORSE OFF."
(Romano Prodi EU President)
All the evidence suggests we can't survive if we remain within the EU! It has taken British fishing waters, it has destroyed British farming, and it’s the key cause behind the run-down of Britain’s coal, steel and ship-building industries. Next it will try to grab the oil. It's given us the Exchange Rate Mechanism, and lost us jobs, homes and businesses. The EU crushes small business and free enterprise under the dead weight of over-regulation and petty bureaucracy.
The EU means more bureaucracy, more rules, more money given away, more corruption, more unemployment, more tax and more humiliation.
Britain’s interests will be best served as part of a United Kingdom, independent from the European Union, and engaged with the world.
"OPINION POLLS SUGGEST THAT BRITS DO NOT SEE EUROPE AS AN ISSUE."
Europe is not the issue. The issue is the European Union and government by the European Union. If Brits believe that is not an issue then they are saying that government is not an issue; or democracy, or money, or jobs or diversity.
Many Brits are concerned about the European Union. They need to translate that concern into voting for a Party which is standing up and saying that we must get out of the EU and get back into the world again.
The aim of the EU is to act in the supposed interest of the group as a whole and not in the interest of an individual member, whether that's France, or Germany, or Britain, or anybody else.
So long as we remain within the EU, then the particular British interest, is always suborned to the supposed European Union interest, and very often that is not in the interest of Britain.
"THE EXAMPLE OF THE UK ECONOMIC SYSTEM SHOWS THAT IT IS POSSIBLE TO HAVE A SINGLE CURRENCY BETWEEN DIFFERENT COUNTRIES: SCOTLAND AND ENGLAND, FOR EXAMPLE."
On the contrary, the example of the UK is a good example of how difficult it is to organise an economic system which can serve equally the best interests of all. An economic policy which applies to the South of England, doesn't necessarily always apply to the North of Scotland. Some regions are more depressed than others. Government grants to the regions are the only way to even up the disparity.
To Sum up, if we apply a single economic policy across the different economies of Europe and the same problems which occur throughout Britain will occur throughout Europe. Unemployment in Britain will rise to keep inflation low in Germany. In addition, the British taxpayer will continue to foot the bill, for all the inadequate, poorly governed countries that are Europe.