Part 2 of John Bean’s views on Europe
Insular Britons, and English in particular, whose healthy patriotism has always meant that we should try to resurrect the close association of the old white dominions of Empire and Commonwealth, have long been in a minority. Some think this belief may be found in UKIP, but it is only amongst a minority.
A narrow majority – as I write – have realised that the common bond (common blood if you like) that now exists between all nations in Europe could mean we should stay in, just in case it gets worse outside. Among such people a growing number, and not just Confederates, think we can work within the European Community and change some of its ‘nasty’ ways. But can they?
Take on board this comment of Christine Lagarde, the M.D of the International Monetary Fund, Daily Telegraph 1.3.16. “It is not easy for any multilateral institution to adapt to major changes in the assumption that underlay its creation.” She shows that she is aware of the fact that bodies such as the EU have to act undemocratically at times when she went on to say:
“Misguided attempts to suppress national sovereignty in the management of an integrated world economy will threaten democracy and the legitimacy of the world order.”
For those who would make an attempt to make the EU change some of its undemocratic ways, it should be noted that it has not achieved any active policy to moderate, let alone halt, the tide of third world economic immigrants that have outnumbered the genuine Syrian refugees. After eight months the EU has still not formulated, let alone put into action, any solution to this major crisis affecting the whole of Europe. This has shown us that the EU is unreformable. It is an outcome of the Lisbon Treaty whereby EU member states, which includes Britain, are bound to welcome so-called asylum seekers. Our courts find their power diminished in trying to deport those immigrants who have committed serious criminal actions.
The spokesmen and women leading the Brexit campaign believe that we can leave the EU without being excluded from the Single Market . Most seem unaware that the only legal way we can leave the EU is by invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. Much is said about Britain developing its bilateral trade agreements with booming overseas markets, such as China, Brazil and India. Negotiations for the EU to allow this would go on for years.
This leads on to the Euro monetary system, which it was thought would act as the final binding action for a United States of Europe. The one-size-fits-all straightjacket of the single currency has forced youth unemployment in Italy up to a record 40.4 per cent, In Spain to 56.5 per cent and in Greece up to 57.3 per cent.
In an article for the British Democrats website a year ago on a European Confederation (as opposed to the present Federal EU) I suggested that with the abolition of the Euro zone it would allow each nation’s currency to find its own exchange rate against each other, as opposed to being in reality what is best for Germany’s exchange rate. It would not come about overnight but with reduced exchange rates Greece, Spain and Italy, for example would find a rising demand for their goods and services.
I am aware that it is often said that statistics can be made to prove anything, but here are some relating to the cost of UK’s membership of the EU.
In 2014 the UK exported £230bn of goods and services to other EU states, which was 44.8 % of total UK exports. Goods and services imports were £289bn, 52.8% of our total imports.
UK’s net contribution to the EU budget in 2015 was estimated at £8.5bn. Both sets of figures given in a House of Commons Briefing Paper, 19 January 2016.
A 2015 study by Open Europe found that the cost to the UK of the 100 most burdensome EU regulations was £33.3bn a year.
In regard to European immigration, a report in 2014 by Professor Christian Dustmann showed that they made an overall contribution to the UK’s economy of £4.4bn Non-European immigration in the same period, largely from India, Pakistan and Africa, cost the UK taxpayers nearly £120 bn.
An early report from Oxford University’s Migration Observatory as far back as around 2005 said that 141,000 people who came to the UK under EU regulations were born outside the continent. The largest number of these were Nigerians. More recent unsubstantiated reports quote even higher numbers.
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As someone who loves Britain as well as Europe, if you haven’t guessed it by now I will be voting for the UK to leave the EU . The evidence shows that it just cannot be reformed from the inside.