WHAT DOES THE EU MEAN FOR ORDINARY FOLK LIKE US?
Seven Questions Answered
Q Who governs us and who sets our laws?
A It is fundamental to any democracy that people are able to elect individuals to represent them in the country’s parliament. Those elected individuals and that parliament must be able to set all the laws by which we live.
This is not possible as a member of the European Union. Membership requires acceptance of laws set at EU level and only an unelected Commission in Brussels can propose these laws, rules and directives. The number of areas over which the EU legislates has grown exponentially over the past four decades.
EU membership requires submission to a higher authority, a power that is even more remote than Westminster and which is unaccountable to British people.
Q Can our Government help the country’s economy – and our economic well-being?
A The Customs Union effectively sets the costs of a lot of what you buy.
The Customs Union puts tariffs at an EU level on all imported goods. This means prices for consumers in the UK are higher than they need to be on a wide range of everyday items.
The Customs Union also prevents the UK from negotiating trade deals which benefit our own economy. The overall needs and priorities of British exporters are different to those of continental neighbours and the EU bureaucrats work to protect continental interests, not those of the UK.
Q Does the Single Market require obedience to foreign laws?
A The Single Market requires acceptance that a great many laws are made in Brussels. These rules, set by what is basically a foreign government, apply to all British businesses even though 88% of them do not trade with other EU countries.
The rules also apply to people, not just to businesses. The EU has slowly expanded its powers to take in everything from what happens when you flick a light switch to how long it takes you to vacuum a carpet.
Q What about the taxes we pay?
A Even taxes are now regulated in Brussels. Want to remove VAT on women’s sanitary products? No can do. Brussels won’t let your government do that.
The EU tax regime is set to be extended further, with advanced discussions on corporation tax and – even worse – a financial transactions tax. The latter is an example of regulation from Brussels that would specifically hit the UK, as we are the powerhouse of financial transactions in the EU.
Q Can Britain stay British?
A The Single Market impacts the very fabric of our society. Any normal country has an immigration policy, deciding how many foreigners are allowed in. This is impossible under the ‘four enslavements’, one of which dictates an open door to the foreign nationals of twenty seven other countries.
If your town’s schools, doctors’ surgeries, and hospitals are full and there aren’t enough houses – tough! It’s no use complaining to your MP as there’s nothing she can do to stop more people entering, assuming she even wanted to.
Q What about our country’s defence, security and foreign policies?
A The EU has had a Common Foreign and Security Policy since 2009. The EU already intervenes militarily in several countries and it has a de facto Foreign and Defence Secretary.
The UK has been drawn into the new military structures of the EU, which are intended to replace NATO. While most EU member states have depended upon NATO for decades, the EU has recently embarked on a rapid expansion of its control of member states’ military and security resources.
Q What about our money and the nation’s wealth?
A For more than forty five years the UK has been subsidizing the other countries of the EU. We have paid over far more than we have got back. The UK remains one of the small minority of countries which pays a net contribution each year, around £12 billion, the second largest after Germany. There is no ‘EU money’. The EU simply robs money from net contributors like the UK and gives it to other countries, mainly in Eastern Europe.
Because of this and despite the absence of any legal obligation in the Treaty, the EU is demanding an enormous ‘divorce settlement’ of £39 billion.