There’s been sod all substance, and a hell of a lot of “project fear” nonsense, spouted from the remain and leave campaigns over the past few weeks both in the press and during the TV debates. Today is voting day and to be honest I’m glad it’s over as it’s been a dirty and spiteful process with lies and half truths from both sides. The public are left scratching around and digging for the actual facts.
Below are my considered opinions for leaving, minus the propaganda and scaremongering, but also acknowledging the difficulties that we may face post Brexit. It’ll be interesting for me to read back ten/twenty years later to reflect on what I thought would happen but actually what happen did come to fruition.
Probably the most divisive topic in the debate and one which promotes spin/lies from the remain camp and from some parts of the leave in an attempt to evoke anger and hatred. I believe in order for government to provide adequate public services for health, schools, etc. you need to know how quickly a region will grow. With uncontrolled mass immigration into London and the South East these public services are being put under so much stress that they’re at breaking point. Remainers will claim that this is due to government cuts but that’s naive as where would the money come from exactly as the country is heavily in debt?
The majority of the people that want to leave the EU don’t want to stop immigration altogether they simply want to assess it year by year to see what the country needs and can manage, e.g. 50000 – 100000. Immigration over the years has given us the wonderful, varied multi-cultural society we live in today but at some point you have to take stock and do so in a sensible manner. What is wrong with limiting the numbers as Australia, Canada and others do with a points based system?
The NHS and other sectors where we don’t have enough people skilled in those professions will be green lighted so that people coming here with those qualifications can be granted working rights. The remain camp are currently saying that we won’t be able to control immigration if we leave the EU either as over half of the current high numbers, approx 330000, are from outside the EU. That’s quite simply ridiculous as it just means the government is doing a poor job and need to put a better system in place. It’s all computerised and at a simplistic level you only have to have a running counter for any given month, with some exceptions, and say after X amount have been processed “sorry, you’ll be first on the list next month”.
The other downside of mass immigration is that many of the migrants will be willing to take jobs at a minimum wage/zero hour contracts which is all very well but this does have the effect of driving down wages for our lowest income workers. Some immigrants may well only be here for a few years and willing to live in poor accommodation/getting by whilst saving as much as they can as it will be worth a lot more when sending back home. This isn’t very fair to a low income worker who’s wages are stagnating and they want to start a family and make a home for themselves. They cannot compete unless they in turn lower their quality of life. At the end of the day it’s big business that benefits from an increase in profits.
House prices and rents continue to increase and I believe this can be partly attributed to mass migration. The government is partly to blame of course for not doing more and offering incentives to house builders to build more homes. However, successive governments always seem reluctant to do so which leads to a shortage so we get demand out weighing supply. In truth with a net migration of 300,000 they are never going to be able to build enough homes that quickly and house building companies won’t take the risk.
Another argument that has been put forward is that we need a high level of immigration to support an ageing population and that as we’ve only built on about 3% of the country we have plenty of room. Firstly, isn’t this just causing a problem for the next generation as all of the people arriving will be old one day and they’ll be an even larger older generation. Won’t we have to keep on expanding and expanding forever which is unsustainable eventually. In the not too distant future it’s projected we’ll have a population of 80 million! Secondly, even though there’s a lot of space to develop on that’s not going to happen. People don’t arrive here to live in remote parts of the country they move to where the jobs are in already built up cities and towns leading to more congestion on the roads and drain onto public services. At the time of writing this latest figures show that the UK population has grown by more than half a million in one year. How is that sustainable?
Can we really trust the opinion of the so call experts with their precise predictions on what the future may bring when none of them for sore the credit crunch or can seemingly predict what will happen next year? How many times have the forecasters got it wrong in recent times? I recall many business leaders and economists, including the CBI, stating that not joining the Euro would lead to a disastrous outcome. What a bullet we dodged there…
Additionally, how many of these “independent” economists are funded either by the government or EU? Business leaders of course want us to stay in as they’ve got their snouts in the troughs benefits from cheap labour and an effective monopoly as the EU keeps out the competition.
There are some who say the economy will crumble, no body will trade with us, etc. but if Iceland can strike a trade deal with China I’m sure we as the world’s fifth largest economy can do the same. Of course the remain camp say that there isn’t a plan, what model will we go for but until the decision is made to leave the EU and rest of the world aren’t going to talk about it.
As for the nobody trading with us even today German business leaders have said it would be unthinkable not to strike a deal as it would hurt their exports. That being said I’m not deluded into thinking there’s no risk. Of course there is but I believe it’s a educated risk and one worth taking based on all the benefits to leaving outside of the economy.
Sovereignty and Workers Rights
Whichever way the remain camp want to spin it we have ceded power to Brussels and more will follow in the coming years. For me our politicians should be solely in charge of the country and we shouldn’t have to be abiding to laws made in a foreign land by those that we never voted for and are unaccountable.
Folk will say that our government cannot be trusted and the benevolent EU is protecting our workers rights. Really? Then please research the EU/US TITP deal that’s currently being thrashed out by un-elected negotiators and see what they have in store for us. Our workers rights are about to take a nose dive and become more in line with the US along with the privatisation of the NHS. This isn’t scaremongering this is what is being proposed and on the table. Do we really believe our politicians will be brave enough to stand up against EU will to push this through?
On top of this many of the basic workers rights/etc. that are defined by the EU our government were at the forefront of adopting and have been taken even further than many other nations. The fact is that if the EU changes their minds and strips us of our rights we are powerless but with a nationally elected government you can vote them out and vote for another party that will re-instate them.
The EU the lawmakers, who are un-elected, would have to put these proposals to the national ministers who then would have just one vote and hope everyone else agrees with them. How is in our best interests, it’s just like the lottery adding another few balls into the machine and we’ve got even less chance of winning.
United States of Europe
After listening to many politicians and Eurocrats it’s obvious where the EU is heading. I’ve no doubt that within the next 30 years there will be a United State of Europe and the UK will simply be the equivalent of how New York is to the USA. By this stage we’ll be given some powers, similar to a local council, but ultimately they’ll be no real democracy. You’ll get a vote for your local MEP to give the allure of democracy and that you’re having a say. In reality we’ll end up like a member of the Green Party feels. You cast your vote, may even win a few seats, but nobody listens to them or cares what they have to say in the grand scheme of things.
Discussions are already under way, which have been kept low key until after the referendum, on the creation of a small EU army “task force”. This will of course grow and grow along with political integration. If there’s ever a cause we feel is worth fighting for around the world, or one that we don’t want to get involved in, we’ll have no say.
Before the U.S.O.E we’ll of course be forced to join the Euro or be punished and consigned to the sidelines forever more. This will lead to us being part of the bailout club to balance the books of the mess caused by others. Economic independence and the opportunity to take emergency action as we did in the credit crunch will be lost.
Those that say this will never happen and that we have our veto are deluding themselves in my opinion. If there’s enough political will from the other member states it will be forced through. They won’t let the pesky UK get in their way. By the time this all happens we’ll be even more intertwined with the EU it will be impossible to consider leaving. At the moment it’s like taking a plaster off but then it will be like amputating your legs.
At present we’re quite rightly giving more power and control to the Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly and even discussing a north east regional hub to manage certain funds. The thinking is that the people in those countries and regions know best what works for them and how best the money is spent. I find it strange that we’re giving more control at a local level on the one hand but then giving more away on the other to those that won’t even directly be affected by the decisions that they make or accountable.
Personally I’m not concerned about leaving Europe or the scaremongering tactics employed by the remain camp and government. Only recently did David Cameron go to Brussels and when trying to negotiate a new deal stated that if he didn’t get what he wanted he’d support leaving the EU. He’s only changed his mind now as he has been scared into it by the EU powers that. Also, do we really believe a government would have given the country a referendum knowing that one of the outcomes would end life as we know it…
Today, I’ll be voting leave. Voting to control our borders, to grow the population at a sensible level, to regain powers given away to Brussels, to be in charge of our own destiny and to prevent being part of the inevitable United States of Europe.
Finally. Love Europe. Hate the EU.