Promises Promises?

In a letter to the Champion “RW details supplied” questions the result of the EU Referendum “as it is based on dubious facts”, one being that “of those eligible to vote only 37% voted leave (yes, only 37%) and are changing the course of this nation”. Read the letter here  [click to read]

You will find no mention in the letter of the word “democracy” about this narrow but clear constitutional decision. Nor is there mention of the role of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (PPERA), and the duty on the Electoral Commission to guarantee the referendum legality, which it did.

As for the “only 37%” to leave, general elections have produced governments with 36.9% in May 2015, 36.1% in 2010, 35.2% in 2005, 40.7% in 2001, 43.2% in 1997, and 41.9% in 1992. In post war Britain no government was elected with 50%, the highest being 49.7% in 1955. All those governments changed the course of this nation. Where was the right to take back something that turned out not to be what was promised in any of those elections? Who believes anything politicians tell us other than with a pinch of salt? But for the record “Leave” gained no advantage in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

RW wants us to take heed of the consequences of the referendum for young people. Why, aren’t there any consequences for we oldies ? That wasn’t a consideration when we joined the “Common Market” and we weren’t asked “Do you really want to participate in a common state?” as in a “Remain” vote meaning that Britain is all squared away and ready to continue the march toward political union? Not for me thanks. I was 11 years old when we already knew in 1950 what the future held “Through the consolidation of basic production and the institution of a new High Authority, whose decisions will bind France, Germany and the other countries that join, this proposal represents the first concrete step towards a European federation ..” The Schuman Declaration May 1950.

It got worse “By the signature of this Treaty, the participating Parties give proof of their determination to create the first supranational institution and that thus they are laying the true foundation of an organised Europe.” — Europe Declaration made on 18 April 1951, at the signing of the Treaty of Paris establishing the ECSC.

“This proposal for a Fundamental Law of the European Union is a comprehensive revision of the Treaty of Lisbon (2007). Replacing the existing treaties, it takes a major step towards a federal union. It turns the European Commission into a democratic constitutional government, keeping to the method built by Jean Monnet in which the Commission drafts laws which are then enacted jointly by the Council, representing the states, and the European Parliament, representing the citizens. All the reforms proposed are aimed at strengthening the capacity of the EU to act.” European Political Union without end, Amen.

And this “I look forward to the day when the Westminster Parliament is just a council chamber in Europe.” — Kenneth Clarke, Conservative Chancellor in International Currency Review Vol 23 No 4 1996

“Of course the European Commission will one day become a government, the EU council a second chamber and the European Parliament will have more powers.” — German Chancellor Angela Merkel addressing MEPs November 2012. Do I really want Frau Merkel leading the UK by the nose?

The ultimate lie “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.” Prime Minister Edward Heath, television broadcast on Britain’s entry into the Common Market, January 1973.

Not dubious lies, blatant lies, like those concerning the four applicant countries, Britain, Ireland, Denmark and Norway, who would have to hand over to the Community their fishing waters, the richest in the world June 30 1970. So determined was Heath not to offend his prospective new partners that he decided not to challenge them. Britain would simply accept the illegal new fisheries policy, even though this would mean handing over one of her greatest renewable natural assets and would spell disaster for a large part of her fishing fleet. And it did.

Remember June 1975? The month when inflation hit 27 percent, its highest level in history and the referendum? Surrounded by all the evidence of a major economic crisis, the British people voted by 2 to 1 to remain in a “Common Market” which the vast majority believed was intended to be no more than a free-trading arrangement. The supporters of the ‘Yes’ campaign, including the leaderships of all three political parties, did little to disillusion them. The message was that a ‘yes’ vote was all about protecting ‘jobs and prosperity’, offering the lifeline Britain’s ailing economy required. As for any fears that there might be moves towards “an Economic and Monetary Union” and “fixed exchange rates for the pound”, the Wilson Government’s own leaflet to every household promised categorically “this threat has been removed”.

So what saved us all from complete integration? It was a matter of the £, that nobody can take us into the single currency without the consent of the British people. After over many years of sneaky surrender of our democracy, by staying out of the euro we have retained the future of our country in our own hands. And if you don’t think that matters, ask the Greeks and all the countries of the EU that don’t have vast manufacturing industries to rely on, just the lowest status inflicted on them by unelected EU officials. Not for me thanks! In simple terms, I look at a trade deficit of £71billion with the EU in 2016, and an annual gross membership contribution of £13billion to the EU budget. Not for me thanks, that’s a bad deal!

This country, my country, is in big debt trouble. How much good has it done us to be in the EU? Our national debt is the total amount of money the British government owes to the private sector and other purchasers of UK gilts. In August 2017, UK public sector net debt was £1,773.3 billion equivalent to 88% of GDP [Source:1 ONS public sector finances- HF6X]. The interest payments on UK debt are anticipated to be £48.6 bn (3% of GDP). All of the above makes me a committed and democratic leaver.

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