I’m not going to wade on and on about this debate, most of what we read about is frankly all guess work. Far too much time is spent guessing what will happen if we remain, and guessing what we will happen if we leave. The truth is, no-one knows what will happen either way. The fact is though, if we remain, our destiny and control is not in our hands, not in the hands of the people we elect to run this country, and the people with ultimate say do NOT answer to us, the British public. If we leave, the people you and I elect have ultimate power to govern and run this country, and ultimately be held responsible by the British public….
To put it bluntly, #Brexit is about democracy at its heart. We listen to our politicians beliefs and plans for running our country. Whoever we think would do the best job, and we believe in we ultimately vote for and those with the most votes (yes I know this isn’t PR) gain power. Once in power, they have a term to do the best they can, implement what they pledged and after that term, we the British public judge them on their results. If we think they have done OK, they get another term, and if not, we give the a different party a chance. The issue is though, our government cannot implement the policies they wish too. They cannot make good on certain pledges, they cannot make decisions that will best help the people of this country and they cannot control 100% where and how our hard earnes taxes are spent. That’s simply not right. The people with ultimate power are not the people we vote in for that term, they are sitting off in Brussels and they do not answer to us the British public after their term is up….
We must remember some really basic facts in all this:
- The UK is a net contributor to the EU, figures vary between £350m per week to £19b per year upwards. This is our taxes going elsewhere in the EU. Whats worrying is, to be polite, other EU members have some real issues with corruption (just look at the recent results in ROME as a result of trying to deal with corruption), that’s UK tax payers money finding its way into corrupt EU members. Lovely.
- The amount of money the UK tax payer puts into the EU would allow the UK gov to double spending on the NHS!
- The UK is the biggest buyer within the EU. If the UK does #Brexit we actually have more power as the biggest buyer of goods from the EU (lets face it, would you stop supplying your biggest customer?)
- The EU is the biggest discriminator there is. The EU enforces positive discrimination of its members over any other country. It maybe easy to employ individuals from inside the EU, however it is at the massive expense of individuals outside the EU.
- The EU positive discrimination doesn’t give us a wider skills set and resourcing advantage, it actually limits us in terms of the type of people that can come to this country and the skills they may bring. Anyone and everyone from outside the UK should be treated exactly the same way, not one rule for EU citizens over others
- Sensible immigration policies need to be implemented in order to not discriminate between people and in order to allow the UK infrastructure to keep in line with demands placed on it by a growing population.
- The UK has spent many years helping the less well off, the NHS, the welfare state, all great examples of how great this country is, and ideals that set it apart from almost any other country in the world. Unfortunately it is this investment in these ideals that attracts (and rightfully so) EU citizens and immigration to this country. If the EU thinks these services should be available to all, and not just those who pay their taxes in the UK, then the EU should insist on each and every member state to implement their own versions of the NHS and welfare state. not expect the UK to fund for all of the EU citizens who wish to take advantage of these ideals.
- The UK is forced into certain trade deals. The UK cannot take advantage of trade deals with growing economies or even with the commonwealth
- Many say the UK is weaker outside of the EU, however, the EU is not what the UK signed up to (which was just 9 member states initially). The UK has throughout history been a great contributor on the world stage, #Brexit would not change this any one bit
- The EU experiment has been tried numerous times throughout history, none of which have worked. A EU state vision of the world like that of the USA simply doesn’t work, and that’s because of the history of the EU, the vast diversity and cultural differences, all of which should be celebrated, not watered down and bulldozed into one EU vision.
- Member countries are too different in terms of their economies, politics, position on the world stage to be brought together. Those weaker countries suffer, the stronger countries try to subsidise them and the result is one that is negative for all concerned. (Just look at Greece)
- Great Britian was great long before the EU
At the end of the day, June 23rd and #Brexit is about democracy. #Brexit is a triumph for democracy on every single level, and that’s something we should all believe in….