Where Angles Fear to Tread

June 21, 2016

Why I’m voting leave (Part 1)

Filed under: Politics, UK Politics — Right Angle @ 8:59 pm

It’s just a few days to go, I’m about to watch a debate in Wembley (and will likely post this after it finishes) and I’ve popped back to see my parents and say hello. It’s only 2 hours away, but for any readers we retain from across the pond, this is a loooong way in the UK.

However, I have promised to explain why I will be voting to leave the EU on Thursday.

It should not suprise regular readers, or those who know me that I am right-wing in a lot of my opinions (not US right wing of course!), but I also have some non-core opinions and tend to disagree with some of what the Conservative party have in their manifesto – and no-where near UKIP! However, after much reading, reviewing of history and my own experience I shall be voting to Leave the EU on Thursday 23rd.

The main reasons are (in no particular order)

  • EU’s treatment of Greece and the democratically elected government of that country
  • EU’s treatment of Ireland during the voting for the Lisbon Treaty
  • Angela Merkel’s announcement on Syrian Refugees without gaining agreement from the other leaders in the EU beforehand
  • The mostly social aims, political unity, and single currency aims of the majority of the European parliment and European Commission
  • No reform of the Common Agriculture Policy
  • As the 5th largest economy in the world, our historic links withe Commonwealth, our membership of NATO and being on the UN Security Council I believe that we will be find on our own, forging our own course through the new world order.
  • Ability to treat all migrants equally regardless of which country they come from

EU Treatment of Greece

When the Euro was created Greece didn’t meat the requirements to join, but those rules were quietly ignored by the government of Greece and other governments within the Euro zone. The assumption appeared to be that the Eurozone would never have a recession (in much that same way that Blair/Brown abolished boom and bust. When the recession hit and the Greece problems became more obvious they had to go to the rest of the Eurozone (and the EU) for additional funding.

Following this the Greeks voted for a new governing party and a mandate to go to the EU and ask for assistance, or leave the Eurozone. They were told this meant leaving the EU and the democratic government of Greece was forced to accept (against it’s will) austerity which could last decades.

EU Treatment of Ireland

When the Lisbon treaty was agreed within the EU, the Irish bravely stood forward and had a vote on this – the only country in the EU to do so. They held the vote and voted no, and then were bullied by EU (led by France and the then President of France – Nikolas Sarkozy) and told to vote again until they came to the ‘correct decision’.

The EU as a whole doesn’t believe in the democracy. They believe in the advancing of ‘ever closer union’.

Angela Merkel and Syrian Refugees

The crisis in Syria is a shocking thing, and we as a civilised country should do what we can to ensure that the people of Syria are looked after, provided with the essentials of life, and given an opportunity to return as soon as it is safe to do so. Refugees are different to economic migrants, and they should be looked after by the world as a whole. In the absence of a UN action in Syria it is beholden on us to assist. The UK approach is to pay for the refugees in neighbouring countries and in safe refugee camps.

This option doesn’t require agreement from the rest of the EU as there is no impact on the other nation states. Inviting ‘1 million’ refugees to Germany does have a huge impact on the rest of the EU. I understand that Germany has an aging population and so needs young working age people to contribute to their taxes and economy. However as a member of the EU and the freedom of movement it was beholden on Merkel to seek the permission of the other countries within the EU and her own electorate. She failed to do this and acted as an unelected president of the EU.

(to be continued tomorrow…)

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