I would like to start by thanking the European Union for making this pro-EU argument so much easier with their £1.7billion bill as our punishment for economic recovery. Really helpful.
Merci. Danke. Gracias.
Thankfully in Dave we have a LEADER – someone who is not afraid to tell the EU where to stick it when it matters – unlike the Labour party who would probably offer to give them our gold reserves too. Oh wait a minute…they sold the gold at record-low prices.
The recalculation is so ridiculous that Germany get a rebate and Greece gets a bill. Yep.
I am vehemently against scrapping or amending any of the founding principles of the European Union.
I do understand concerns over immigration, however I wonder if people actually do really want to lose their freedom of movement?
For me, as an individual, this is the most important benefit of being a member of the European Union. Do we really want to throw this away, as UKIP desire and as Conservative leadership is hinting they are looking at?
It might mean that anyone from Greece or Poland can come here and work, but it also means that we can go work in Spain, Germany or any one of 25 other countries.
The economies of Europe are currently be in favour of the UK, with many poorly performing economies in Europe such as Spain, France, Italy, Ireland, Portugal and Greece, meaning that we are experiencing an influx of workers.
It won’t always be this way. If we suffer a major recession again in future years, which is not inconceivable with the ballooning government debt that Labour have left us with, do we want to be stuck on our island with no opportunity to go work in another European country because there are some people spoke a foreign language on the same bus as Nigel Farage once allegedly used?
Do we want to throw away our right to sell up and move to the Spanish coast, to eat English fry-ups, drink cheap Carlsberg and become a true suntanned wrinkly in retirement?
Do we want to lose the opportunity for the young among us to go work in Ibiza, selling club tickets and badly-cut drugs whilst living in grotty apartments and having the time of the life?
Might we in future have to apply for a visa every time we wish to go on a stag do to Amsterdam or visit the Coliseum in Rome?
Should we be limited as to how many of us can go on a European holiday every year?
When we have finished fracking in 2050 and a European Union country such as Poland finally decides after no pollution issues in the UK in 35 years of fracking that they will have their own dash for gas – do we not want to be able to pass on our expertise by working in Poland?
What happens if a major disaster strikes the UK – nuclear accident, or poisonous gases from an Icelandic volcano threaten the lives of thousands (it has happened before) – but we cannot emigrate to another European country because we have burnt our bridges?
There is the argument that no restrictions whatsoever would apply to us, even if we left the European Union – but do you really believe that the likes of the French would say “OK, leave, don’t pay £8.6billion to us, but no problems with keeping your freedom of movement”. Yeah right. The farmers will probably block all the ports even if the French government does nothing.
There are many benefits of being a member of the European Union – but also many (often socialist) policies that get in the way of it being a really great and universally valued project. However this fundamental benefit to every single person in the UK should not be thrown away due to the populist rabble-rousing of Nigel Farage.
Interestingly despite the rise of UKIP, a new IPSOS Moripoll shows 56% of UK citizens would vote to stay in the European Union, compared with 36% who would vote to get out. This is the highest rating since 1991.
We must protect freedom of movement as vehemently as we defend freedom of speech.
(photo stolen from the fantastic General Boles).