As I’m sure everyone in Britain is aware, this month will see the most important vote you will cast in your lifetime. We’ll be deciding whether or not we should stay in the European Union or leave, and as you can expect, the government and the mainstream media are so scared of the prospect of leaving that they will do literally anything to make sure the referendum ends with the “Remain” vote prevailing. This has led to many scaremongers campaigns aimed at coaxing idealistic young people into voting “Remain”. Indeed, I worry that all the misinformation might have been somewhat successful, as many will say we should remain in the EU to “protect jobs”. If the Europhiles think we benefit from our relationship with the EU, they have no idea how bad the EU is for Britain.
The mainstream media and the government seem so interested in the UK remaining in the EU that they’re trying as hard as they can to convince voters that Brexit is a bad idea. The government is trying its best to tell you how to vote, and they’re doing this because they’re scared of the people voting for any real change. They’re doing this by sending junk mail telling you that the government wants you to vote Remain, and against your self-interest, and they’re also trying to appeal to the young people with the patronising “Votin” ad campaign. If you look at the facts, the case for Remain begins to look incredibly shaky. In this article, I aim to lay out a clear, rational argument for leaving the EU, which shouldn’t be too hard given the amount of time I’ve spent researching the subject.
I’ll start by clearing up what the European Union is and how we got the point where we need a referendum, because I don’t think the Remain camp knows that much. The European Union is an economical and political union that arose out of a desire to prevent the kind atrocity and chaos seen in World War II from happening in Europe ever again. Initially composed of six founding countries in the form of the European Economic Commission, it eventually grew into the gigantic mess we see today. During the 1970’s, members of the European Union apparently enjoyed economic prosperity (with Germany having the led the charge during the 1950’s) while Britain continued to stagnate. The British government, possibly attracted by the prosperity of the other countries, opted to join the European Economic Commission in 1973, with a public referendum held two years later. In the 1975 referendum, most of the public voted in favour of remaining in the EEC, but from then on things started to go out control.
The European Union in its current form was codified by the 1992 Maastricht Treaty, and then-Prime Minister John Major corralled us into that arrangement without the consent of the public. As the European Union expanded, it became the colourless beast that you see before you. It is now a Byzantine entity that is capable of overriding the will of its member states, and coercing them into ignoring the will of the people. The most memorable example of this occurred last year in Greece, when despite the public’s demands to reverse austerity, the Syriza-run government, under the thumb of EU pressure, introduced a harsher wave austerity measures to try and fix an economic crisis the country had gotten itself into years ago.
Now I’d like to get into some of the common arguments proposed by Remain, and why they’re essentially nonsense. We know for sure that the mainstream media spins lies all the time because it has an agenda, and will stop at nothing to make sure that it achieves its goals. Hence, David Cameron, Jeremy Corbyn and the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign will repeat these common arguments until they’re implanted in your skulls, but that doesn’t make them true, and let’s take a good look at why.
The most common argument from the Remain camp seems to be that remaining in the EU “preserves jobs”. In fact, that’s the first thing I’ve heard people say when they try to rationalize voting Remain, and they never explain how the EU is supposed to preserve jobs, and if they can’t explain their argument, you know it’s false. The idea comes from the number of people whose jobs are linked to exports to European customers. Those jobs would still be safe because the Lisbon Treaty actually requires the European Union makes a trade agreement with a country that leaves the union. In other words, our jobs are completely safe.
This also debunks the myth that leaving the EU would damage our ability to trade with EU states, or even with other countries. Most baffling of all is President Obama’s claim that a post-Brexit UK would be the last in the queue for trade negotiations. What the Remain camp won’t mention is that Norway, despite not being a member of the EU, has access to the single market, and as part of the European Economic Area, enjoys close relationships with the EU, but is not subject to the overbearing whims of the EU.
Another argument, this one touted by the Stronger in Europe campaign, is that for every £1 we invest in the EU, we get £10 back. Once you look at the figures, you’ll find that that’s complete nonsense. We contribute £13 billion a year to the EU budget, and the EU gives us £4.5 billion back. That’s like investing £1 and getting 35p back. Imagine what we could do if we didn’t have to pay anything to the EU. We could take the £13 billion and spend it on the NHS, on schools/universities, and on the arts.
A popular argument is that Brexit will cost households £4,300, and that’s if people aren’t saying that Brexit will cause a house price collapse. As it turns out, research from the Capital Economics research consultancy firm suggests that Brexit would have little effect on the housing market whatsoever. Even if short term uncertainty leads to a drop in transactions, the prospect of Brexit triggering a housing market collapse is very slim.
Another myth is that the EU has a positive impact on the British economy, but that’s complete nonsense. As I previously mentioned, membership costs billions of pounds that we could have used to revitalize the economy when the recession hit us. The EU’s Common Fishing Policy has overseen the asphyxiation of Britain’s fishing industry, the decline in our nation’s fish stocks, and the destruction of our fishing communities. When Britain joined the single market, our fishing rights where divided up and handed to other member states, and we were powerless to stop them. On top of that, British fishermen are paid by the EU to destroy their boats.
The EU has practically turned Europe into the sickly region of the world that it is today, and as long as we’re in the EU, we will continue to be infected with it’s disease, and yet the Remain camp claim that we will be worse off if we leave the the EU. Norway, Iceland and Switzerland are not members of the EU, and they’re doing just fine. In fact, Switzerland, the richest country in the world, has a generally higher standard of living and vastly lower unemployment, while still doing trade with EU member states without having to apply any of the EU’s countless regulations. Switzerland is the very antithesis of the EU – prosperous, bright and democratic. The EU, meanwhile, has a number of tariffs and regulations designed to stifle economic competition, which stifles economic growth. Large corporations benefit from EU regulations not only because they can afford to comply, but also because the EU’s protectionist rules allow them to strangle their competition out of business.
Those on the Remain camp claim that the EU is helping to maintain peace across Europe, and that perhaps is the most foul and despicable lie from the Remain camp. If the EU were keeping the peace, then why is there a rise in civil unrest in European countries? In Europe, far-right populists are enjoying a surge of popularity because the people are getting desperate. They’re tired of living under a supranational dictatorship that undermines the will of the people, let alone one that has presided over years of toxic economic stagnation. Also, if the EU were committed to peace, why is there talk of a European Army? Yes, the EU is actually planning for an army, which was enshrined into the project via the Maastricht and Lisbon treaties, which the EU were so keen on us approving of.
After all other arguments apparently failed, the Remain camp had been reduced to scaremongering, with David Cameron claiming that leaving the EU would result in another world war (which is bizarre because even Germany is open-minded about making trade deals with us). If that’s what’s left of the desperate Europhiles, then Remain has no argument. A child could make a better argument than David Cameron. At this point, even Donald Trump could make a better point than Mr. Cameron, and when Donald Trump can sound better than our prime minister, then something is wrong with our elected head of state.
Isn’t it also a little suspicious that the man who previously wanted us to leave the EU is now pushing for us to stay in the EU? The reason is fairly obvious. Politicians love the EU so much because they see a future career working in an institution that will shelter them from popular contempt. Even the most hated and loathed prime minister in recent memory can find comfort knowing that the EU will take him in and give him an even bigger salary then he had back home. Meanwhile, the people living under the thumb of the EU have to contend with their attempts to regulate every aspect of our lives, with social media giants Facebook and Twitter kowtowing to their request to police so-called “hate speech”, which I assume will include anything critical of the EU.
Of course, one of the major reasons that people are voting Leave is because they want the UK to take back control of its borders. This sentiment is a response to the EU’s inept handling of the migrant crisis, which they addressed by instituting a suspiciously liberal open-border policy which many suggest is an indirect cause of the Paris massacre, the mass sexual assaults in Cologne, and the attack in Brussels. However, while I can understand why people would be concerned about immigration, that’s not my principle argument.
My argument for leaving is that we have nothing to benefit by staying in the EU, while we lose our rights every year where in the union. The EU in its present form is a bureaucratic technocracy that decides its laws without any discussion or public approval. Anyone who’s been involved with Brussels will tell you that the EU has nothing but contempt for the people. Even the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, openly confessed that “there can be no democratic choice against the European treaties”. That alone should be proof that the EU is a tyranny, and those words came straight from the horse’s mouth, the same man who said that “when it becomes serious, you have to lie”.
The EU will also punish elected officials for their dissent. Remember when former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was involved in a sex scandal with an underage prostitute? That’s not the reason he resigned. At some point, Berlusconi spoke out against the EU, saying that the EU had made Italians poorer. In 2011, he was practically ousted from power, and was replaced with an unelected technocrat named Mario Monti, a man whom Italians thought was so inept that they voted him out in 2013. Also in 2011, Greece’s PM George Papandreou called for a new referendum on the Greek bailout, and was promptly replaced by a Eurocrat named Lucas Papademos.
Juncker has also never given any rational argument for why we should remain in the EU, and you would think that the President of the European Commission would have some kind of argument against Brexit, but he’s clearly a megalomaniacal dictator. However, Juncker also admitted that the EU has no Plan B for when Brexit happens, so when we leave, we have all the power we want, and Juncker can’t do anything about it. The EU knows this, and they’re doing everything they can in order to convince us to remain in what is clearly an abusive relationship with a tyrannical superstate.
However, if you ignore all the threatening rhetoric of the Remain camp, you eventually realize that the Remain camp has no logical argument. The Leave camp, as I’ve come to realize, has provable facts and statistics, and can actually articulate their cause with sound reasoning. Even Nigel Farage, who is normally reviled by the mainstream press as a racist, can reasonably make a point in this debate. All the Remain camp has is scaremongering, virtue signalling, and vested financial interests that depend in remaining in the EU. In the absence of any reasonable arguments, all the Remain camp can do is appeal to a voter’s psychological aversion to change, and a young person’s desire not to seem racist to his/her progressive friends. The Leave camp, meanwhile, cares about democracy, and about the right to elect or remove those in power, a right we may lose if we remain in the EU. People on the Remain camp are also under the impression that we need to stay so that we can reform the EU from within. Given that none of our MEP’s have any influence in the EU, the idea that we have any hope of reforming the EU from within is simply laughable.
The other reason I feel that Brexit is the right choice is because the establishment is so scared of Brexit that it’s downright suspicious. They’re trying to trick the young people into voting for the establishment, the same establishment that has absolute contempt for the electorate. The elitist snobbery of the political class is more obvious than ever in this referendum, and if the Remain side has to resort to publicly calling Brexit voters “racists” and “neo-nazis”, and encouraging you not ask your grandfather about politics (as Pat Glass has done), then the Remain side has already lost.
I’ll end this article by making one final point. A vote for Remain is a vote for the establishment, and another generation of economic stagnation and civil unrest. It’s a vote for nihilism, it’s a vote for pessimism, and I believe that if the nation votes Remain, we will be telling the European Union that we are weak, and willing to admit defeat. I’m not a nationalist, but even I don’t think that sounds very British, and that’s not even why I’m voting Leave. I support Brexit because I care about democracy, and I care enough about this country that I don’t want to see it suffering from the same disease that the most of Europe is suffering as a result of the EU exercising power without responsibility. If you care about individual freedom, democracy, the right to hold your leaders accountable, and the future of this country as a whole, then the only reasonable choice is to vote Leave on June 23rd.
If you’re still not convinced, then I will leave you the link for Brexit: The Movie, which I feel can argue a better case for Leave than anyone can for Remain side. If you’re interested, the link is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTMxfAkxfQ0