A Perspective on the EU from a citizen of a former superstate

Following the stunning win of the Leave campaign in Thursday’s EU Referendum, a piece worth looking at from a British National who lived under a previous state cobbled together from separate countries. The UK now has the chance to re-engage with the rest of the world as a forward looking, globally trading, independent nation state.

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I am a Slovenian national by birth and a British national by choice. And I support Brexit. Why?

Every life is unique. You have not walked in my shoes, and I fully appreciate that I have not walked in yours. I have been asked to relate the benefit of my experience. I hope that you may find a different perspective helpful to your own thinking, but do with it what you think is right.

When I was born, Slovenia was a part of Yugoslavia. The nation I was born into was not free, nor was it independent. It yearned for its independence for centuries, if not millenia, and it had to pay for its independence in blood. I had to work hard to obtain the nationality of a free country and I value and cherish it. I find it painful to think that any nation would contemplate giving up its freedom and independence voluntarily.

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St George’s Day. How the EU affects England

The following briefing paper was launched by the campaign group, Better Off Out, on St George’s Day and explains well what our continued membership of the EU would mean for England.

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In 1973, Britain joined what was then the European Economic community, before reaffirming its commitment in a 1975 referendum that explicitly described the community as “The Common Market”.

At the height of the Cold War, when Britain’s economy was stagnating and the country was becoming renowned as the ‘Sick Man of Europe’, it was sold as a purely economic arrangement between nine Western European nations. At our moment of entry in 1973, the contemporary Prime Minister was unequivocal: “There are some in this country who fear that in going into Europe we shall in some way sacrifice independence and sovereignty. These fears, I need hardly say, are completely unjustified.” – Ted Heath, television broadcast, January 1973

At first, we were enthusiastic members of the club, with even Margaret Thatcher – who signed us up to the Single European act, which promoted a combined European foreign policy and gave more power to the European Parliament initially in favour of membership. Since Black Wednesday in 1992, however, our relationship has been grudging at best, with the UK forced to withdraw from the Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM), before deciding not to join the disastrous single currency project (despite Tony Blair’s best efforts). Forty-one years on from our first referendum, it is clear that this is no longer solely about economics (if it ever had been), with most of our laws made in Brussels, membership costs running to the tens of billions per year, and plans afoot for an EU army – very little of which the British people want any part.

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Dispelling the myths around BREXIT

CD in Yiewsley with GBDuring our ongoing discussions with people on street stalls surrounding the EU Referendum a number of questions keep coming up.
Below, Gerard Batten MEP dispels the myths created by the Remain campaign about the dangers of leaving the EU
1) Would leaving the EU endanger jobs and trade, and could the EU put up trade barriers against the UK?

When we leave the EU it cannot put up arbitrary trade barriers against the UK as that would against World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules, which all EU countries agree to and which govern world trade. And even if they could why would they want to? We have a massive trade deficit with the EU – they sell us far more than we sell them.
Britain currently exports goods and services to the EU to the value of £228.9 billion, whereas their exports to us amount to £290.6 billion: therefore we have a trade deficit with the EU of £61.7 billion. Germany, Spain, France and Italy etc.will still want to sell us their cars, wine and holidays etc. Trade will continue as normal. [i]
And remember, Britain is the fifth largest economy in the world and we are a world trading nation: and while we have a trade deficit with the EU we have a trade surplus with the rest of the world.   Our trading success lies in four hundred years of experience; English being the international language of business and science; and the trust that foreign companies put in the English legal system and contract law.

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The government promise

A hard hitting guest post from John Planter……

 

This will be a land fit for returning heroes….

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How hollow that must sound to those who were young people coming out of the services at the end of a war in the late 1940’s.
These people in their 80’s and 90’s who look around today and see the degeneration of the political class, the complete absence of any integrity and the abandoning of any pretence that ordinary people have any relevance in what passes for Parliamentary business since at least 1997.

Despite Blair shoe horning sycophants into the Lords for the purpose of less opposition the actions of the current New Labour Government of Cameron are too much even for them to stomach.
The Lords have sent back to the commons various flawed and invalid legislation many times only to see New Labour (team Blair or team Cameron) use “Parliamentary privilege” for monetary bills.

All bills going through both houses are monetary bills, for they cannot be anything else.

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Why science will thrive after BREXIT

With thanks to Greg Heathcliffe…

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One hundred and fifty of the UK’s most important scientists have signed a letter urging us not to leave the EU; science will suffer if we do, they claim. That this is more “Project Fear”, and does not stand up to scrutiny, is easy to see.

Astronomers claim they will suffer from not getting access to major telescopes but there is only one big telescope in the EU. Most are high in the Andes, South Africa, Hawaii and elsewhere around the planet. Not being in the EU will make no difference to the current situation.

We will not be able to work on the International Space Station they claim, but non EU Norway, Switzerland, Canada and Japan are all major contributors along with Russia and the USA so EU membership is hardly vital. The same holds true for building satellites and other contributions to the space programmes. Prior to joining the EU Britain even had its own space programme and was successful in launching a satellite in 1971 (Prospero). It was cancelled by the Heath government prior to joining the EU and is yet another area where EU membership has held us back.

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The Soldier and The Eurocrat

Another guest post from The Hilltop Watchman, contrasting our great literary history with todays world

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If I should die, think only this of me: That there’s some corner of a
foreign field; That is forever England. There shall be in that rich earth a
richer dust concealed; A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware, Gave,
once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam, A body of England’s, breathing
English air, Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.

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Europe and You – The magazine that doesn’t tell it as it is

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This morning I received a 4 page newspaper in the post from Britain Stronger in Europe (BSE) entitled ‘Europe and You’.

My friends in Essex had received this earlier in the week, with this mornings edition being slightly altered for London.

What hadn’t been altered was the misleading information contained in it’s pages – if you have had this through your letterbox, here are the facts that contradict the stance of the ‘remain’ campaign –

Europe and You – Even the title is misleading. This referendum is about whether we wish to remain part of the European Union (EU), a political union of 28 of the 48 countries in Europe, not the continental land mass that makes up Europe.

The Six key facts you need to know – Let us take these one at a time –

1 – Over 3 million jobs are linked to our trade with the EU. The reality is that approximately 3.4 million people work for companies that trade with other countries that are in the EU – This is around 10% of our workforce. This trade will not disappear if we leave the EU and it is not in the interests of the companies in the EU to stop trading with us. Indeed, far more jobs in other EU countries depend on their trade with the UK than jobs here depend on EU countries. Also bear in mind that our most profitable trade is with countries outside of the EU – By leaving, we can negotiate our own trade deals and increase trade and therefore jobs in growing economies around the world whilst trade on the whole in the EU member states is in decline.It is also worth noting that whilst 10% of our companies deal with the EU, 90% do not but are still bound by the rules and red tape inflicted on them, hampering competitiveness.

2 – Being in the EU means cheaper prices in our shops, saving you on average £450 per year. Ignoring the fact that the source of this is the EU Commission itself (Turkeys don’t vote for Christmas), the disastrous EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) costs billions a year in subsidy paid to inefficient farmers in other EU countries. A combination of quotas, taxes, subsidies and other policies all push up the prices that we pay for food. For example, New Zealand Lamb is 18% more expensive in the UK than the USA due to EU policies.

Research by Ryan Bourne of the IEA (Institute of Economic Affairs), ‘Low pay and the cost of living’, shows that Beef is 36% more expensive, turkey 22% more, lamb 11% more, wheat 15% more, chicken 22% more and potatoes 10% more due to the EU. On average, a family of 2 adults and 2 children would save £45 per month on their food bills if we left the EU. Research by Alan Matthews and Business for Britain backs up this hypothesis.

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Turkey and the EU – Some worrying allegations

Kurd demo 1With the current Migrant crisis in full flow and many using Turkey as a transit point, the EU have sent cash to the Turkish Government and are looking to fast track the country to full EU membership status. Indeed, Prime Minister David Cameron is on record as stating that he wants Turkey admitted to the EU at the earliest opportunity.

Allegations have surfaced recently that the Turkish Government under Erdogan are trading with ISIS for oil and are using the ongoing action in Syria as an excuse to persecute the Kurds under cover of supposedly attacking the terrorist organisation.

Last Saturday, British Kurds took to the streets outside The Houses of Parliament to highlight the attacks they say are being carried out on their families in Kurdistan by the Turkish Government. I went along to listen to them and hear what they had to say about the situation – below is a transcript of one of the leaflets they handed to me…..

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Parliament 2015

English Patriot will be featuring posts from guest writers in the New Year offering a different perspective on world and domestic events. Here is the first of our guest writers, John Planter, with his take on the current state of UK Politics…………………

 

Inspired by an excellent original article by American Judge Anna von Reitz observing events in America.

Acknowledgement to where some of her words have been shamelessly borrowed 

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You can see why Parliament acts as it does. From their perspective they are a permanent ruling class London club with members that change now and again.

It is the rest of the country, us, you and me, the serfs who are responsible – we are the cause and the solution to the Parliament problem. It is us, we have forgotten who we are and what our powers are and what powers we delegated to Parliament and how we can also take back any power delegated to them. This also applies to the councils, and the Monarch – the Monarch represents people who represent Monarch.

 

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