I have many reasons why I voted to leave the EU, as follows….
1. I remember when we were taken into the then EEC, (European economic community), we were not properly consulted, or suitably informed about the ramifications for us back then?
2. The EEC was supposed to be a trading block, a treaty in which nations could trade with one another, as well as with the rest of the world; it was put that way to us because we were already traditionally heavily engaged with members of our former Empire; the Commonwealth nations.
3. For those of us who can actually remember the last proper vote we had on the issue; the wording was deliberately ‘vague’ in effect the referendum wording meant yes for no and no for yes? This meant that the outcome was virtually guaranteed from the outset?
4. Wave after wave of politicians, primarily the Tories, mainly under Thatcher, then Major,tended to use the evolving EC as a toll in which to deflect much of the inadequacies of our own government; they tended to ‘wheel out’ the European wheelbarrow when it suited them, causing all manner of mischief; the British people didn’t know where they stood much of the time?
5. John Major’s disastrous attempt to ‘hoodwink’ us at his so-called ‘last stance against the EC’ at Mastricht was nothing more than yet another ‘political stunt’ it meant nothing because this meant every same so-called ‘op-out’s’ came back to us in the for of European Regulations, which challenged the status of our Parliamentary Act; we still ended up having to observe these EC measures because of our entrance signing of the treaty of Rome, which effectively bypasses the will of Parliament in many cases anyway?
6. Because of the massive infrastructure of both Brussels and Parliament, nothing is actually getting done; the machinery effectively stops us politically making decisions, the whole process and difference between our domestic and international political decision making is too cumbersome and therefore needs to be updated, streamlined and maintained in a more satisfactory way.In many cases, because of this unique arrangements, one body can get away with near murder on grounds that they then simply refer the matter to Europe and then they await the outcome and then challenge it again; nothing gets done anymore?
7. Politicians started to use the EC as a means of ‘streamlining, or reducing’ their own domestic institutions on the pretext that this meant saving the nations money, when in reality all they were doing was creating centralist, Federalist institutions under our very noses without further consultation; the creating of the so-called EU army is a prime example of that.
8. The right of travel and work throughout the EU was imposed on all its member states without duly taking into account developments on the world stage, as well as an abject failure to understand their very own native cultures in all of this mess? Because of this the EU started to behave like the proverbial ‘tube of toothpaste’ it was squeezed too tightly where there was work opportunities and thinly spread in places that were less employment, thus unduly placing too much demand in areas that were not ideally suited to this, including the demand for scare resources in a highly dynamic manner?
9. Ill-conceived political doctrine carried out in a ‘one option fits all’ approach; the EU is a centralised animal and how next to no concept at all about local and regional variation and requirements?
10. Finally, there are a whole host of other points I can make against staying in the EU, There is now an almost routine proviso of our membership and association with the EU in the for of political, economic and political sacrifice; all negotiations are about giving and taking, but over many years the EU, then EC near assumes that Britain was roll over in the face of criticism about their perceived advantage in a matter, when in reality we are being asked to sacrifice yet more of our position in the world in favour of our so-called ‘trading partners’ I have calculated, over several years of my life spent in data analysis and data reporting,. that we have lost almost 1.4 million jobs thus far as a result of our membership of the EU, not to mention the number of jobs we, ourselves, have taken abroad; China, India, etc, etc. So, to conclude; we want to stop, take a breath, see what’s out there, trade fairly with each other without having our hands tied behind our backs all of the time, bring back manufacturing in the UK and let us once more become the country we yearn to be. Additionally; I also want Parliament to streamline, say down to 250 MP’s, give Independence to Ireland, Scotland and Wales, if they want it; let us focus on one nation, one politics and one job to be done thoroughly and in the interests of the people? It is not a matter of race, we have a hugely diverse set of native people, so let us concentrate on unloving them more too?