Brexit: Do what's right for Britain.

We've got a second chance to prevent the abolition of Britain and England in particular. We must not waste it.

Let's be clear, if the Scots want to go their own way then let them: the smouldering resentment against the English and their feelings that they are closer to the French has undermined the United Kingdom for hundreds of years. I don't want to see them go, but if that's their decision, so be it. Bluntly, Scotland knows which side its bread is buttered: its economy survives solely because of subvention grants from England and some Scots feel that Europe has deeper pockets and will welcome Scotland (and its dwindling and finite oil revenues) with open arms.

For the rest of us, Europe is a drain on our already overstretched finances.

We pay more into Europe that we get and as more poorer countries join, our contributions can only rise.

Uncontrolled migration from across Europe is placing a multi-million pound burden on our education system, a multi-million pound burden on our healthcare system (which will increase as the migrant population ages), a multi-million pound burden on our prison system (and we cannot deport criminals back to their European country of origin, a multi-million pound burden on our ambulance system, a multi-million pound burden on our policing system and a multi-million pound burden on our immigration system to deal with those non-EU criminal migrants who travel freely across the EU to make their final crossing into the UK.

We have to deal with EU laws that place requirements on us that we do not want - for example, the ridiculous situation that a pub is allowed to serve us in pints but for enforcement purposes measures are in millilitres.

We are required to submit our courts to the jurisdiction of a European over-court. We are required to submit our financial, medical and legal regulators to EU decisions and, in the case of the financial sector, an EU super-regulator, so emasculating our control of our own banking sector, for example.

We are subject to the whim of the German Chancellor: for example, she created the circumstances in which near uncontrolled migration into Europe would permit resettlement then demanded that other countries "take their share." Under any and all refugee laws, the UK is not obliged to take any. Instead, migrants not refugees have been granted a back door.

Someone recently told me that migration had been good to the UK because young Europeans were competing for houses and pushing up house prices. That didn't work out so well for Ireland and Dublin in particular, did it? With one newspaper reporting last week that the average asking price for UK houses new on the market being GBP308,000 (for Americans, that's more than half a million of your dollars) the UK is stupendously expensive for young couples.

Because of EU migration policy, the UK government has had to find a way of controlling migration from outside the EU. Its solution is one of the most stupid ever: non-EU migrants earning less than GBP38,000 per year must leave. That's all the nurses gone, then. And those who work in care homes. And artists and musicians. But it doesn't seem to apply to middle eastern criminals who have got to the UK illegally.

The ludicrous deal with Turkey to allow visa-free travel for its citizens does not increase rights of travel for legitimate purposes: it simply abolishes all controls for tracking visitors from Turkey. And the UK cannot say no because this is not a Schengen agreement issue: access is granted to the whole EU.

This means, then, that the EU has taken control of EU-wide immigration controls.

We could list some positives of the EU: EU arrest warrants, close inter-police co-operation, etc. There is no reason for these to cease to function if the UK leaves. There is no reason to suggest that the UK would be locked out of EU-wide intelligence gathering and use. Pragmatism will mean that these functions will continue to operate because it is in everyone's interests that they do.

But Britain leaving the EU will mean that the UK makes its laws. It means that UK citizens can influence those laws.

What happens now is that a committee makes things up, drafts legislation, it is discussed between Eurocrats and then it is put before the European Parliament as a fait accompli. Once passed, unless a country has been brave enough to apply a derogation (in effect a pass) it goes to national parliaments WHICH HAVE NO AUTHORITY TO CHANGE IT.

This is why we must say "LEAVE" when we vote. It is second chance to escape this takeover of our country and our way of life. We mistakenly did not do that in the first referendum in the mid 1970s. We must not make the same mistake again because of vacuous and unsupported claims by the "remain" camp that our security will be at risk and our economy will fail.

Those things are so unlikely to be true that the claims are outrageous.

 


 

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