Following on from my last post on remaining in the EU, in the interests of balance some may ask for, here is 10 counter arguments for why the UK should leave:
- The EU undermines British democracy because the European Parliament makes laws on an EU-wide basis, and by leaving we would be free to govern ourselves; http://www.dailyreckoning.co.uk/economy/the-eu-undermines-britains-democracy/
- Leaving the EU will not stop the UK from trading with Europe, as Britain would be legally entitled to use existing trade deals worth billions of pounds even if leaving the European Union; http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/674792/proof-Britain-will-not-lose-trade-deals-leave-EU-Chancellor-George-Osborne
- Despite warnings, Brexit from the EU would be a slow, gradual process that minimises turmoil in new deals but eventually offers us new opportunities; http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/eureferendum/12180466/Leaving-the-EU-wont-actually-change-Britain-much-at-first-anyway.html
- The EU is wasteful as it hands out money to member states faster than they can spend it, and on innapropriate projects; http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/11985763/Fraud-allegations-and-waste-as-EU-hands-out-money-faster-than-states-can-spend-it.html
- The EU is not transparent in regard to laws being discussed and drafted in informal meetings, with secret TTIP negotiations taking place recently; http://www.nakedpolitics.co.uk/home/the-beast-below-the-eu-ttip-why-you-should-be-worried
- The UK does not need the EU to be relevant on the world stage, as we are one of only 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council, a member of the powerful military alliance NATO, and we are key players in the IMF and the World Bank; http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-32317703
- Britain will only have a fair, controlled immigration policy outside of the EU, because of the free movement of people; http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/03/eu-debate-michael-gove-faces-biggest-test-of-campaign-as-he-take1/
- NATO which the UK is a prominent member, is more important for Europe wide peace than the EU; http://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/05/look-beyond-the-eu-we-need-to-talk-about-nato/
- The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for farming is seen as hugely wasteful, and helps the rich get richer; http://www.debatingeurope.eu/focus/arguments-for-and-against-the-common-agricultural-policy/#.V1LEdfkrLIU
- Finally 10 prominent leave campaigners are Sir Michael Caine, Duncan Bannatyne, Sir Ian Botham, Sol Campbell, Julian Fellowes, Katie Hopkins, Roger Daltry, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove & Nigel Farage.
Whichever way you choose to vote remember to use it in this important decision on June 23rd, and the closing date to register is Tuesday 7th.