Britain should vote leave on the 23rd of June. We must divorce ourselves from the political structures of the European Union and opt for an EFTA-like relationship as a more prosperous alternative.
In this debate there are many voices on all sides. The left-right divide disappears when debating the European Union . It’s a passionate debate and one which envokes great emotions. I am voting to leave and want to persuade you to do so as well.
Disraeli’s ‘leap in the dark’ was a huge success, just like Brexit will be
In 1867 Benjamin Disraeli embarked on his ‘leap into the dark’. Also known as the Second Reform Act. The Second Reform Act transformed British democracy. It doubled the electorate, re-organised seats and gave new life to a parliamentary system that was remote and self-serving. The European Union is as remote and self-serving as Parliament became in the 1860s and a vote to leave will, just like the Second Reform Act, revitalise both Britain and the European Union. Disraeli was warned against this act by the establishment at the time, much like the establishment is warning against Brexit. Disraeli’s ‘leap in the dark’ was a huge success, just like Brexit will be.
Certainty is unattainable. If we really wanted certainty we’d abolish democracy. The electorate shouldn’t submit its votes to the markets, it should vote for what it wants. To say that leaving the EU will be uncertain is not a reason to vote to stay. Remaining in the European Union provides just as much uncertainty. A vote to stay in is not a vote to stay put. Voting remain is voting to endorse the current European Union. Eurocrats will pat themselves on the back and the most eurosceptic country in the EU would have submitted.
We fought a civil war to ensure we could vote for our law makers
The most important factor in our EU membership must be the democratic deficit. The European Union is many things, but democratic isn’t one of them. The European Commission has the sole right to introduce and repeal legislation. The Commission is imune from public opinion. We cannot elect them, we cannot fire them. Once a piece of legislation becomes a competence of the European Union it effectively becomes caged from public opinion. The unelected president of the EU Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said: “There can be no democratic choice against the european treaties”. He was right.
The European Parliament is supposedly the sovereign parliament of the European Union. Britain should vote leave because that isn’t the case . The sovereign parliament of Britain should not hold the same status as the House of Lords. The ability for parliament to hold governments to account is of vital importance. The European Parliament does not hold the Commission to account. Like the Supreme Soviet’s of Russia’s Soviet Union, the European Parliament rubber stamps already drafted laws, drawn up by the unelected Commission. We should not expect an unelected bureacracy to have our best interests at heart. We should not sacrifice our ability to hire and fire our lawmakers which Britain fought a civil war to protect. ‘No taxes shall be raised nor laws passed except by our elected representatives’. We must maintain this vitally important principle.
The European Arrest Warrent is contrary to Habeas Corpus
The diminishing of our judicial system is of vital importance in the EU debate. Another reason Britain should vote leave. Despite claims from remain campaigners that the European Arrest Warrent is for terrorists and foreign criminals, that isn’t what it’s been used for. The European Arrest Warrent has already claimed victims in our country. The parents of Ashya King were unsatisfied with the treatment they were receiving in an English hospital and instead opted to take their child elsewhere. Despite having no evidence, the parents of Ashya King were separated from their sick child and were prohibited from seeing him under the European Arrest Warrent. Just? I think not.
The courts of the European Union also saw fit to be judge in their own cause. As Jacob Rees-Mogg elaborated here, the judges ruled that their own pay must go up, despite long standing conventions against this. It’s not just that they ignored sacred British principles of law, but that they felt they could get away with it. This brings us back to the problem of accountability. When a parliamentary, executive and judicial system are remote and distant from voters, is it any wonder they feel they can get away with murder?
Britain should vote leave to protect nation-states
Finally, I appeal to you with a broader international consideration. Nation-states are under attack. Globalisation has set in and those who advocate it wish to see nations resigned to history. Globalisation has happened, there’s no going back, but it isn’t a fixed theory. Too many in this debate refer to globalisation as an unstoppable, unaltering fact which we must simply submit to. This is incorrect. Globalisation may be unstoppable, but that does not mean that we cannot change it to suit our desires.
The European Union see’s nations as destructive. They associate nationhood with violence and war. Ironically it isn’t nationhood that has led to war in Europe but attempts to centralise nations into bigger blocs. Napoleon tried to unify Europe against the wishes of nations and the Germans have had two attempts at unifying Europe. It isn’t nationhood that has caused war but attempts at unification. The European Union refers to sovereignty as ‘the most destructive force in European history’. Sovereignty meaning the ability for nations to pursue their own interests. A vote to remain is a vote to endorse the sort of centralisation that British people should naturally be opposed to.
Vote for my generation to have their democratic birthright
I could extend this article beyond the three points I have made thusfar. I could talk about open door immigration, the migrant crisis, the euro-crisis, the schenghen crisis. In fact, there are few European Union projects that aren’t followed by the word ‘crisis’. However these are my arguments for voting to leave. On Thursday we will vote in our referendum. It will be a vote for a democratic future, where we control our own destiny. We will step off the Euro bus, find our feet and take our own course. A vote to remain is an endorsement of further integration. Acceptance of our new place in the country now called Europe. My generation were denied their democratic birthright. I’m voting for them, I’m voting for democracy and Britain should vote leave on june 23rd.