So What has the EU ever done for us?
A bureaucratic nightmare overseen by a bunch of unelected plutocrats!
A bunch of foreigners taking away our sovereignty.
Well it has kept the peace in Europe for the last seventy years – the longest period in European history without a major conflict (putting aside Bosnia and the Ukraine).
It has provided greater cooperation in fighting crime, terrorism, cybercrime, and trafficking.
It has provided Britons with the right to live, work, retire and study anywhere in Europe without hindrance.
It has provided laws and enforcement to conserve nature, prevent pollution and protect wildlife.
It has produced legislation to protect workers’ rights.
It has produced legislation to protect our human rights.
It enables us to go abroad safely on holiday without visas, passports and other expensive constraints, making holidays a lot safer and cheaper.
It has given us a bigger voice on the world stage when dealing with trade, war, threats, terrorism …..
It has made us prosperous, increased trade and business and provided millions of jobs.
It has put money into conservation projects, regeneration of deprived areas and inner cities, and business projects that have had enormous impact on regenerating run-down areas and providing work as well, as subsidizing people in areas that otherwise would not be economically viable.
It has protected our consumer rights. All goods bought and sold have to comply with standards of safety and quality.
It is good for business and has brought huge benefits to this country. Many companies, banks and trading partners work through Britain as an entry point into Europe. We gain all that extra wealth.
It has produced millions of jobs and made us wealthier.
But we could do all that ourselves!
No we couldn’t.
We want our sovereignty back!
So that our corrupt bunch of politicians can have more power for themselves? What makes them better than the other politicians in Europe?
We want to make our own laws!
In truth much of the legislation in the Human Rights and Employment etc. was put together by Britain. We have a big say in what goes on in Europe. We play a major role in directing it.
We want to control our borders. We have too much immigration and don’t want terrorists coming here!
Then why didn’t we sign up to the European legislation to prevent people coming here for longer than three months if they don’t have work?
We will defeat terrorism through our intelligence work, through cooperation rather than building walls.
What has Europe done for us? Well you don’t miss your water until your well runs dry.