The Referendum

Better off out!

Had it not been for the dogged determination of UKIP and its success at the ballot box the people of Britain would not now be able to vote on whether they wish to be a self-governing nation state or not.   The UK Independence Party is not anti-European, we simply believe that membership of the EU is damaging our democracy and the future prosperity of its people.

Some would say that Britain’s decision on whether to stay in the EU should rest entirely on economic calculations. But this referendum is not just about trade and business regulation it is importantly about our democracy. Do we wish to be an independent self-governing country or part of a federal Europe?   Eurosceptism is not just a British phenomenon, on the contrary, it is on the rise all over Europe because people do not trust their political class to act on their legitimate concerns about the diminution of democracy and its consequences.

Economically, Europhiles argue that we are too small to survive outside the EU.   This is nonsense of course, Canada, a smaller economy than ours lying next to the mighty USA does not argue that it is too small to survive. Australia, Switzerland and even Singapore all with smaller economies than ours are self-governing nation states affording their citizens enviable standards of prosperity.

image002Europhiles also argue that we will no longer have unfettered access to markets in continental Europe if we leave the EU. But this is just scaremongering, the German government has made it clear that it has no wish to impose new barriers on tariffs on our trade if we leave – sensibly, since the country sells us twice as much as we sell it. We will also continue to remain in NATO which has kept the peace in western Europe .

And what of the claim that ‘We will lose our influence in the world if we leave the EU’?    Quite the reverse; we will once more have a seat on world standards bodies that we relinquished when we joined the EU.   Presently we are just one voice in 28 as members of the EU whereas Canada, Norway, Singapore,South Korea, USA,  image003Australia for example all have their own seat and therefore more influence.  Switzerland a sovereign state, with a much smaller GDP and population than the UK is home to many international organisations and is not in the EU.   If Iceland with a population of 329,000 (Leeds 470,000) can cut a mutually beneficial free trade deal with China then Britain can too.

The UK Independence Party believes strongly that an independent UK would be more influential and prosperous outside the EU which can be best achieved by shaping a new relationship based on friendship and trade.




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