Where Angles Fear to Tread

June 22, 2016

Why I’m voting Leave (Part 2)

Filed under: Politics, UK Politics — Right Angle @ 8:33 pm

In continuation of my blog from yesterday, I now find myself supporting Ireland against Italy in the hope that the can qualify for the final 16. Of course, unlike the European Championship (which – say it quietly – doesn’t really matter) this choice in the EU referendum does.

For those with short memories I presented the following reasons for leaving the EU:

  • 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

And dealt in detail with the first 3. I’d like to take some time to justify the other 4.

Aims of the EU

The EU is a mainly socialist left wing project at political, economic and social union in as large a group as possible. Unfortunately, the UK is only 50% socialist (based on general election results) and without Scotland it is slightly conversative. This requirement is against what the British public have said they want – and that David Cameron has acknowledged. However, if we vote to stay we are not voting to stay in a static Europe – it is changing and will continue to change. They have a stated aim of ever closer political union and all new members must aim to be included in the Euro.

So given a choice of forging our own path, for our own population, with our own elected officials (carefully watched over by the House of Lords); or staying in the EU which has the stated aim of going against the wishes of the British public I am clear where I want to place my vote and my future.

No Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy

When the EU was formed there was a worry that Europe couldn’t feed itself and so farmers and fishermen were subsidised to produce food and catch fish. We now have the ability to feed ourselves, and no risk that we won’t be able to. The introduction of countries from Eastern Europe – mostly agrarian societies when they joined the EU – has effectively bankrupted the CAP and made it unfit for purpose. It needs a complete rethink – a revaluation to (say) 10% if the EU budget and be more fairly distributed towards Eastern Europe. It is such a poor piece of policy that it was included in the Conservative Manifesto in 2015 as a prime candidate for reform and nothing has been done.

This is overly expensive, it’s aims are no longer valid, and – yet – there seems little appetite to reform even this.

UK’s Place in the World

I suppose it’s time for the positive case to leave, and not why the EU is broken (in my view). The UK is the 5th largest economy in the world, we have significant historic links within the Commonwealth who we could make trade deals with (and whom we share common history and language with – and often very similar legal systems). The UK is a founding and significant member of NATO which was a significant detterant to further expansion of USSR in the past and still holds significant military influence and power. The UK is also a permanent member of the UN security council – and whilst I am not the biggest fan of the UN, this is significant in world politics.

And finally, we have the good fortune of history to have English as our language and a legal system written into many contracts in the world.

We will be able to survive and prosper on our own, forging our own path, making trade deals with important countries in the world (including India and of course the EU). There may be trade barriers for some of our goods and services (as you would expect us to place on them) but I have no doubt we will be able to quickly achieve good trade deals with countries across the world. On this basis we should definitely ignore the comments of a lame-duck president who promised so much, delivered so little and is trying to divert attention from his failures. I seriously doubt Google, Amazon, and Microsoft will accept a US president who doesn’t sign a trade deal with the UK – in many cases their 2nd largest market.

There will be a dip – that is almost entirely certain. Economists, investors, and owners of large businesses don’t like uncertainity and change. They prefer to operate in stable conditions of their own making. Small businesses and entrepreneurs though love change. This is where fortunes can be made, and changes made to the UK which we can proud of for another 40 years!

Ability to treat all economic migrants equally

As I’ve said before on this blog the UK needs immigrants. We have always asked them to come, welcomed them, and stolen the best bits of their culture, food, language, and attitudes. Every immigrant has changed the UK for the better. After all people prepared to leave their home countries and move to another are very well driven, work exceptionally hard, and do their best to fit in to the society they join – albeit changing it as they do so.

However, being members of the EU means we have to treat migrants differently if they are from a group of 450million people, than the rest of the world. I want everyone to be treated equally – for us to know that when we doctors and nurses from abroad we have asked the best (not the best from EU). I want our scientists to work with the best people from the world (not just EU).

But I also want this to be controlled. I want business to have a cost to bringing in people from outside the UK (the NHS exempted of course, because economics doesn’t work for it), so that businesses pay for training of our own young people. But when unemployment drops to low levels, we need to be able to let people in who we need regardless of where they are from be it EU, Commonwealth or elsewhere in the world.

Note, I have said economic migrants. Refugees are a different type of migrant, and need to be dealt with differently – not being part of an arbitrary number but based on need, international co-operation and advise from experts.

Conclusion

So tomorrow morning, I shall be going to the village hall, and voting to Leave the EU. I hope that you’ll join me.

-Right Angle

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