It amazes me how Remainers are allowed to constantly challenge and pressurise Brexiteers as the UK takes its bold step towards independence, and yet are never required to provide answers to the problems that would face us if we remained part of the EU. Anyone would think that staying in the EU represents some kind of status quo that involves no risk whatsoever. In reality, remaining in the EU means being on a slippery slope towards a United States of Europe. Remainers are so bought into the idealistic utopian European project, where the UK would become a mere European region, that they are blind to the risks of EU membership.
The EU project frequently has treaties, each of which has, in the past, seriously eroded national sovereignty, taking us further towards the ultimate goal of federalism. But this European project is not based on fair, democratic principles.
Take the distribution of MEPs. The Minimum number of MEPs for each EU member state is 6. So that means that a country like Luxembourg, which has a population of 576 thousand, has the same number of MEPs as the whole of Yorkshire, which has a population of 5.3 million. Also, the Council of Ministers provides an equal say for each one of the 28 member states, even though many states (small and large) contribute very little towards the EU’s growing budget. With each treaty Qualified Majority Voting (QMV) is introduced for more issues, which means that small countries and net recipients of EU funding can outvote the major contributors. The UK is the second biggest contributor. This is effectively the tail wagging the dog – it’s completely undemocratic and unacceptable.
Furthermore the EU parliament, made up from the undemocratically allocated MEPs, is not like a normal parliament. It can only rubber stamp legislation, and it is very rare that it blocks any directive. The directives come from the European Commission, which comprises political appointees from each country, who we cannot vote out. These Commissioners have included such failed UK politicians as Mandelson and Kinnock.
It is high time that Remainers are put under more pressure to explain how we would, for instance, protect our environment and protect our security, while allowing freedom of movement. Freedom of movement means more immigration and more pressure on our infrastructure and public services.
One argument used often by Remainers is that the referendum campaign was based on distortions. In fact, if you want to see evidence of distortions and downright blackmail, you need look no further that the costly state funded remain campaign, which told us that the world would end the minute we voted to leave. The establishment, including presidents and many leading financial institutions, told us there would be a mass exodus from the UK and individual trade deals would be impossible. The reality is proving to be quite different.
Then, there is the supposedly inaccurate claim that we pay £350 million a week to the EU. In fact that figure is broadly correct. The full membership fee (which the EU can enforce), in 2015, was £17.8 Billion.That is about £350 million a week. Yes, we do get a rebate (obtained by Margaret Thatcher), but that is not guaranteed. Many countries don’t think we should have that rebate. The rebate could easily be removed, at some point in the future, by a majority vote of the Council of Ministers. Our contributions could, in any case, be increased by the EU. Given the undemocratic structures I have set out, and the state of EU finances, such an increase is highly likely. For instance, we had a one off demand for 2 billion in 2015, which was paid in full without question by Cameron. Yes, some EU money comes back as grants, but that’s our own money that we should be free to spend ourselves, on projects we believe to be worthwhile.
Clearly, as members of the EU, we are trapped within an undemocratic system that can make demands on us that we have no way of rejecting. It therefore makes sense, to most patriotically minded people, to get out.
Other Remainer arguments have included the idea that the utopian EU project improves peace and stability. I don’t think that’s true. In fact, with the security implications of freedom of movement and the financial straightjacket of the Euro – the EU could well introduce widespread instability on the Continent before long. NATO will be the guarantor of peace.
Another argument used by the Remainers is that we’re losing access to Europe for travel and employment opportunities. This is just nonsense.
I have worked in Europe myself (in IT) and I don’t believe that Brexit will make working in Europe less likely. If you have the right skills, and they want you, then you’ll get the job and any visa or work permit will be made available. The obstacle you are more likely to face is that firstly there aren’t many jobs in the EU (which is why so many want to come here) because the Eurozone economy is such a basket case. Secondly, you probably won’t have the language skills (I remember being interviewed for one job via skpye and it was obvious my French wasn’t up to scratch in that case). You apply via the internet these days for jobs – you don’t need freedom of movement.
We won’t lose anything when we leave. We’ve everything to gain. We have every chance of securing some method of continuing to trade with EU countries, even if it means using WTO tariffs. What we will be gaining is the ability to trade with all our commonwealth partners, and other countries, across the world. Far from being inward looking, Brexit is positively internationalist in its outlook. The UK commands influence at a worldwide level by virtue of English being so widely spoken as well as its enduring colonial connections and history.
It’s time for everyone to get behind this bold move, to stop whingeing, to stop stabbing their own country in the back, to support Brexit and help make it a success.