The government leaflet urging us to vote to stay in the EU is full of lies and deceit designed to put Britain’s membership of the EU in a positive light.
Page 1: An important decision for the UK
“The UK has “secured” a special status in a reformed EU”
Not true. Leading EU figures have confirmed time and again that Cameron’s so-called “reforms” are not legally binding. They are not therefore “secured” at all. In addition, the “reforms” Cameron re-negotiated were criticised by many UK politicians and commentators as being virtually worthless.
“We will not join the euro”
There is no guarantee that the UK will not be made to join the euro at a later date.
“We will keep our own border controls”
What this means is that the UK will be able to prevent immigrants from the Commonwealth (descendants of those who fought and died for us during two world wars) and the rest of the world. The UK can do nothing to stop 508 million EU citizens from living in the UK. Even worse, millions of migrants moving to the EU have an automatic right to move anywhere in the EU, including the UK, after they have lived in the EU for 5 years.
“The UK will not be part of further European political integration”
Not true as this is not legally binding, as stated above.
“There will be tough new restrictions on access to our welfare system for new EU migrants”
This will apply for only 4 years! In addition, migrants come to the UK for the higher wages and not, in the main, for benefits.
“We have a commitment to reduce EU red tape”
This is another airy-fairy promise which has little or no chance of being implemented. As Lord Lawson has pointed the acquis communautaire is part of the EU’s DNA. It will never ever allow any reduction of its powers to control its members. It is ludicrous to imagine that in a club of 28 nations each nation has its own rules.
Page 3: A stronger economy
Not true. The UK has a national debt of nearly £1.7 trillion. Osborne has been totally unable to eliminate the annual deficit which still runs at about £90 billion/annum.
“The EU is by far the UK’s largest trading partner. EU countries buy 44% of everything we sell abroad”
In fact, the rest of the world is our largest trading partner with 56% of everything we sell abroad!
(For a briefing on our trade with the EU see my note “UK – EU Trade: The Myth Exposed”)
“Remaining inside the EU guarantees our full access to its single market”
True but what this statement implies is a lie, as it gives the impression that we would not necessarily have access to the single market after BREXIT. In fact, every country in the world already has full access to the single market as Appendix 1 of Ref 1 (see link above)proves.
“By contrast, leaving creates uncertainty and risk”
Scaremongering. Leaving the EU enables the UK to open up trade deals with all 197 countries in the world, not just the 27 in the EU customs union which is rapidly reducing in effectiveness. Staying in creates uncertainty and risk as the UK has no control over EU decisions. It has failed to overturn EU decisions in 70 out 70 cases so far. Furthermore, the economies of the PIIGS are in dire straits and the UK is liable to bail them out when they collapse again. This is an outrageous misrepresentation of the most probable consequences of staying in or leaving.
“The EU’s single market has 500 million customers”
So what! The Commonwealth has well over 2 billion customers and the rest of the world has over another 5 billion customers. In any case the figure of 500 million customers is wrong as it includes the UK population which would exist if we were in the EU or not.
“The Single Market makes it easier and cheaper for UK companies to sell their products outside the UK …”
Not true. In 2014 the cost to the UK economy of being in the EU was estimated to be £185 billion. This must be seen as an overhead on the whole of the UK’s activities particularly exports to countries outside the EU. As to making it easier and cheaper: even the government has admitted in this leaflet that they need to reduce EU red tape, see above. These statements contradict each other.
“…. creating jobs as a result”
Not true. The EU has cost Britons untold numbers of jobs. Uncontrolled immigration has allowed millions of low paid workers into the country denying Britons employment and reducing wage levels as well. The EU has physically cost us thousands of jobs in the fishing industry and engineering. The lack of support to the steel industry due to EU rules is just the latest example.
“Being inside the EU also makes it more attractive for companies to invest in the UK, meaning more jobs.”
Not true. See the report “Where’s the insider advantage?” by Michael Burrage, published by Civitas. This analysis confirms that “There is no case that EU membership is good for UK exports or for foreign direct investment”. The government is lying yet again in this statement.
Page 4: Over 3 million UK jobs are linked to exports to the EU
This is another statement designed to give a false impression. At least they are not claiming that the jobs depend on being in the EU as Blair, Clegg and many others have done in the past! However, by their own figures it means that 27 million UK jobs have nothing to do with exports to the EU. Yet all 30 million or so UK jobs are subject to the EU’s red tape and the £185 billion/annum overhead of being in the EU. Hence OUT of the EU our economy can grow much faster as we a) will not have to give our money to our competitors in the EU and b) will be able to eliminate or substantially reduce the £185 billion per year overhead cost of being in the EU.
Page 5: Improving our lives – Cost of living
“….put pressure on the value of the pound…..risking higher prices ….”
This is likely to have a very short term effect. It also ignores the real facts. Our standard of living would rise after Brexit as the EU already charges UK householders up to an extra £1,000/year to pay, out of their taxed take home pay, for the CAP, VAT and EU green levies on our energy costs. That is double taxation over which we have no say or control. In addition, it costs all householders an extra £500 to pay for the UK’s contribution to the EU’s budget. After BREXIT we can import cheaper goods from the Commonwealth and elsewhere further reducing our cost of living.
None of these examples depend on our membership of the EU as they can all be negotiated separately with the EU after Brexit. Remember EU citizens travelling to the UK want these benefits as well!
Page 6: If the UK voted to leave the EU, the resulting economic shock would risk higher prices of some household goods
Scaremongering. UK householders already pay nearly £1,000/annum to the EU to pay for the CAP, VAT and green levies on their energy bills. Out of the EU the UK can import cheaper goods from the Commonwealth and the rest of the world.
[Part II to follow]