George Wright: Let’s take our country back!
Less than one week remains. We have one week to secure for our children what those who came before us fought brutal wars to protect: our liberty, our democracy and our right to sovereignty as an independent country.
Some will always claim that the European Union is nothing more than a trading bloc between former enemies and that it is responsible for safeguarding peace on the continent. But ask yourselves this: If the EU is just a trading union, then why does it have its own parliament, flag, anthem, 7 unelected presidents and currency whilst simultaneously forging a path towards a European Army, Navy and Air Force which you, under the Treaty of Lisbon, could be legally conscripted into?
And if the EU is responsible for upholding continental tranquillity, then why is the Front National the most popular party in France, the Alternative für Deutschland making enormous strides in Germany and the Ukraine now split, divided and occupied in parts by Russian troops masquerading as separatists?
We are one of the most connected and international countries in the world. We have a seat on the United Nations Security Council, on the G7 and G20 and, yes, we are members of the European Union. However what makes the EU fundamentally different to any other organisation we have joined is that it makes 60% of our laws, decides how many fish we can catch in British waters and forces us to have an open border to half a billion unskilled labourers.
What’s more, is that this Union is chiefly commanded by a man called Jean-Claude Juncker, former Prime Minister of Luxembourg, whom nobody in Europe elected, yet he has the sole power to introduce legislation in the Parliament. Just imagine the unelected House of Lords being given complete power in the United Kingdom – this is what is happening in Europe since the unelected Commission is vastly more powerful than the elected MEPs.
The people of this nation fought a civil war to establish that laws may not be passed nor taxes levied apart from by those who we have directly elected, yet in the name of European collaboration and the erroneous belief that this inherently antidemocratic cadre prevents World War Three, we have carelessly handed over these powers to a president we did not elect and cannot remove.
Some even go as far as to say that laws passed on an EU level guarantee basic human rights and are a necessity for job creation, but once again this is scaremongering from a political elite so far out of touch with everyday folk who suffer because of EU policy. Take for example the Common Fisheries Policy: the UK has 70% of all of the EU’s commercial fishing waters and one would expect that we would catch 70% of all the fish, but due to unnecessary EU quotas, only 13% of fish end up being sold by British fishermen. Even more concerning is that the EU has paid fishermen to destroy their boats in order to transfer jobs abroad at the expense of thousands of fishing businesses in this country. Is this a Europe working to benefit the British people, prioritising the best interests of this country?
For this reason, I do not believe it is wrong to call the Union a job killing machine. Not only must we strictly abide by all the completely pointless regulation on alarm clocks, patio jet washers, vacuum cleaners, bathroom configuration, toothpaste, coffee machines, cabbage sale and milk production (all of which strangled competition through excessive bureaucracy) but when it comes to the EU relocating British jobs, the CFP barely scratches the surface.
In 2014, with the help of EU grants, Ford motorcars moved their production hub from Southampton to Turkey. Yes, we pay Brussels £350 million a week and as a way of saying thank you, the EU bureaucrats make hundreds of our people unemployed – a fair deal it certainly is not.
Although European interference has obliterated the life chances of so many, when compared to another cataclysmic failure of the project, this is made to appear virtually insignificant. Membership of the club is tied inextricably with the abandonment of our ability to control how many people come to live and work in Britain. Immigration is something positive for this nation – after all, without foreign fighter pilots who came here following German occupation of their homelands, the story of the Battle of Britain could have been one of tyrannical conquest by the Nazis – however we cannot continue accepting 330,000 new arrivals every single year, 50% of whom come from within the EU.
When it concerns immigration, it’s too easy to fall into the lapse of the macroeconomic argument; far more pertinent it is to discuss what European immigration means for us all: It means that pressure on our schools and hospitals is increased enormously. It means that the poor see their wages suppressed by a workforce arriving from former Communist countries where the minimum wage is merely 10% of what it is here. It means it’s harder for you and I to find a job after finishing university. This is the reality of uncontrolled immigration. Of course it benefits the rich multinational banks and corporations – hence why so many campaign for a Remain vote – however for people like you and me, EU immigration on such unsustainable levels is an out of control locomotive that cannot be stopped.
So long as we remain inside the European Union we must always accept these simple facts: our borders will be open to any European who wants to cross them, our fish will be stolen by our neighbours, our laws will be passed in a foreign parliament whose president we cannot elect and cannot remove and we will be robbed of £20 billion pounds every single year – hardly the democratic Europe of self governing nations that millions of our servicemen gave their lives to create.
Nevertheless, although it’s simple to highlight what’s so appalling about Brussels, Vote Leave also has a vision for Britain once we make the sensible decision to set ourselves free. We would have an immigration policy that doesn’t discriminate against non-Europeans, favouring those with genuine skills to meet the demands of our economy. Our economy, liberated from the handcuffs of excessive regulation would thrive after concluding trade deals with China and India. Our parliament, soveign and accountable once more, could pass laws that are in the interests of the British people, instead of being dictated to by an unelected elite in Brussels that we have no hope of changing, influencing or reforming.
The European Union is very good for some people. For the rich TNCs, it provides cheap labour. For talentless domestic politicians, it provides a well paid job after they are rejected by their own people. For MEPs themselves, it provides a lifestyle of luxury with allowances for entertainment, private healthcare, private education and childcare. Be in no doubt: for the rich, the EU is brilliant, but for people like us, this project and the supernova of unemployment, immigration and economic slumps it creates is a disaster.
If our generation is going to stand tall in the world, we must leave the European Union. It’s bureaucratic, wasteful and undemocratic, it destroys jobs, hurts the poor, dislocates communities and pressurises public services. Some say that Britain isn’t big enough, isn’t strong enough and isn’t good enough to succeed, we in Vote Leave think otherwise: Britain is the world’s 5th largest economy, the 4th largest military, speaks the most widely spoken language of mankind, sits on the UNSC, G7 and G20 and we founded NATO to secure European post war peace. This small island in the North Atlantic has punched above her weight for centuries, founded the modern world and we were great before joining the European Union. Let us vote leave, take control and do it all over again.
From the editors: An article advocating a vote to remain in the European Union shall be published in due succession. Views expressed in articles classified as ‘Opinion’ should not be taken to constitute those of The Bournemouthian or of Bournemouth School.