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Brexit: Epic Fail or Big Success?
However one dresses it up (or undresses it), Brexit is not and will not be a failure, as some would have us believe.
I would suggest that it is, and will be, a great success, and will be because for it to happen, meant that the British people took part in a democratic vote, the result being, as we know, a clear decision to leave the European Union (EU). Whatever supporters of one view or the other say, there were no lies told. When it came to the vote itself, there was no collusion with any non-UK organisation or other body and the referendum asked one simple question: remain in or leave the EU?
One can have any opinion one likes about where the campaign money came from but the referendum itself was carried out according to Law and the electoral rules governing such events, including that of funding. Yet over the past few days we have seen news reports on Aaron Banks, the Leave.EU group founder and one of, if not the, biggest donor to UKIP, suggesting that he lied and cheated over his donations. So who exactly has accused him of lying?
Some Remainers certainly have but he appears to openly welcome investigations into his affairs, yet there are numerous users of social media platforms saying that he has much to hide. Should anybody be jumping to conclusions? No, not at all. Until or unless Banks is actually found to have committed some offence of some kind, he is not guilty and should, and must, be treated that way.
Brexit will be a success as the UK will regain complete control of its borders instead of the part-control it now has, in that although we can deny entry to anybody without an EU country passport, we cannot deny entry to any EU country’s citizens. The UK will also regain compete control over our laws and how we interpret them, instead again of having to bow to EU law, which is not voted upon democratically, but imposed by an unelected group of people nobody has ever heard of. Brexit will also be a success because we will no longer have to pay billions to Brussels without getting anything back.
‘Hang on a moment’, I hear you say. ‘What about all those things that are directly funded by the EU in the UK?’ Fair question – except for the fact that the amount of money that comes into the UK from the EU in such funding is a very small fraction of what we pay to be a member – that money could be given directly to those same recipients without the extra cost of EU membership to begin with. Not having to pay the high cost of membership also means extra money being available to the NHS. We have a crippled education system that needs fixing (I’m still in it – I should know), so extra funding as a result of no EU costs could mean additional teachers and other resources for schools. There are a number of things that the money spent on EU membership can be used for once we are free of that cost.
The real big question over Brexit is not whether or not the UK can stand on its own two feet; of course it can. The UK stood on its own for centuries before the EU was even thought of. The question is whether or not the UK really will leave under Theresa May. 17.4 million people voted to leave and their voices are not being heard, their voices are not being listened to. Although the result of the referendum was a clear majority in favour of leaving, the numbers who voted to remain were still significant so their concerns must be addressed and they are being heard – which is one of the problems. Far too much is made of the remain campaign and too little given to leave. Some newspapers and other mainstream media give a huge amount of coverage to remain and that includes coverage of the young – like me. Most news reports quote teenagers saying they want to remain yet none, apparently, wanting to stay. I’m a teenager, and I want my country to leave. Why has nobody asked me, especially since I was also too young to vote as well?
Returning to the question of Aaron Banks and the investigation into where his donation came from, one of the other aspects to the skewed coverage of this is that under David Cameron and George Osborne, the government spent a huge amount of taxpayers money sending leaflets to every household in the country saying why we must vote to remain. Hardly impartial, was it? Not only that, but former US President Barack Obama duly obliged Cameron by telling the British people that the UK would be ‘at the back of the queue’ when it came to a trade deal with the US.
Obama’s use of words was briefly questioned at one point but Americans do not use the word ‘queue’. They simply say ‘line’ instead, as in ‘the back of the line’. Had Obama said it that way and not used the British term, his words might have been less open to question but why is it that Cameron and Osborne’s open bias has not been questioned in the same way that Banks has?
Barack Obama is of course, not US President any more and his comments are even more strange if one considers that at the time of his visit to the UK, he, along with everybody else, knew fine well that his term as President was coming to an end. Which meant that he had no right to tell the UK where we would be when in came to doing a trade deal – and his successor, Donald Trump, seems to want to put the UK first, not last.
So will Theresa May lead Great Britain out of the EU? She is known for being a remainer but she has consistently said that the UK will indeed, leave. Even so, the doubts are still there. Will any deal she makes really give the UK back its independence? We don’t know – yet. Would Jeremy Corbyn be any different? I don’t believe he would. He has, until recently, always been a Euro-sceptic but seems now to want to sit on the fence and say whatever he thinks he needs to say in order to stay on as Labour leader and become Prime Minister. What about Boris Johnson? Johnson again says all the right things for brexiteers and is very voter-friendly. His resignation from the government however seemed a little staged but at the moment, for most leavers he seems to tick the right boxes.
What of students? Despite the negative coverage, there are more students supporting Brexit that one might think, including me, and I believe that leaving the EU will benefit our future.
I support Brexit simply because I have grown up and am growing up, in a country where the important decisions that will affect me are not made in my country, by people that I will be able to vote for (or vote against), but are made by people I know nothing about and have no influence over.
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With an avg. 1.2M voters per MEP & Britain with 16% of EU GDP and 13% of the EU’s population yet having only 8% (if united) say, whilst holding less than 3% of the various offices within the EU Do note The EUropean Parliament has no ability to make policy and has a Commission of unelected bureaucrats, thus clearly the EU is not even a pretence of being a democracy despite its protestations!Do note that many senior apparatchicks and even elected politicians speak openly of the ‘Post Democratic era’ with no sense of shame or irony and in complete contempt of the so called electorate – yet The EU & many of its vassal States/Regions are all too willing to slaughter people in Sovereign States, to impose The EU’s chosen brand of democracy on them!
Now as President Junker announced in his ‘State of the union’ speech 2017 the aim is to create an EU military force and centralise ever more of the decision making and control!
The imposition of a Government and policies upon its vassal regions such as the peoples of Greece shows just how far from being a democracy the EU is.
Just follow the recent EU display of so called ‘Democracy’:
France and the Netherlands voted against the proposed EU constitution in 2005, only to have those votes ignored.
Ireland voted against ratifying the Lisbon treaty in 2008, but then later under pressure & threats had to change its mind.
Greece for me was the final straw. It became clear in 2015 that it didn’t matter which way the Greek people voted. The birthplace of democracy had become its tomb. That was enough. I was going to vote to leave the EU when the chance came.
No political party of any significance in Britain took active steps to achieve a Referendum – the task was eventually taken by an Indipendent West Midlands MEP Nikki Sinclaire who personally launched and funded the gathering of a petition of 225,000 signatures delivered to Parliament via Downing Street, thus forcing a debate in the House of Commons on an IN/OUT Referendum, which led to David Cameron’s first consequential rebellion.
It was due to winning that debate, officially opposed by every party including Ukip that David Cameron was forced to include a promise of an IN/OUT Referendum in the Tory Manifesto at the next General Election. The rest is history & despite no Parliamentary Party backing the OUT vote & Government spending Millions of Pounds of public money leafletting & promoting ‘Project Fear’ to try to persuade the British people to Remain just as they had at the first Referendum in 1975 – This time their lies and threats were not heeded and in the largest vote in British history Britain voted by a clear majority to Leave.
Nikki Sinclaire’s OUT result left Cameron & his co conspirator Osborne with no option but to resign, sadly some of the other traitors have remained to try to hinder progress to BreXit, aided by their corrupt allies in the EU and \eu funding and bribes!
There will be little or no change in Britain’s economic position, if we leave the EU, using a better negotiated, customised & updated version of the ‘Norway Model’ as a stepping stone to becoming a full member of the Eropean Economic Area, where all will benefit, as we secure trade relations with the EU’s vassal regions, with an EFTA style status and can trade and negotiate independently on the global stage, as members of The Commonwealth and the Anglosphere.
This is of course dependent on a modicum of intelligence on the part of Britain’s politicians and negotiators but it also requires the integrity of Parliament to uphod democracy and the integrity of EU politicuians & apparchicks to act ethically and without their normal vindictive mallice.
I believe Leaving the EU will be turned into something of a rough ride by the ignorant and the corrupt but I have no doubt that in the long run Leaving the EU will prove conclusively to be in the best interests of Britain and our true allies. I also believe that Britain leaving the EU will prove to be the catalyst to great changes within the EU and hopefully its democratisation as without great changes it is indubitably doomed.
Do not overlook the fact that politicians have plotted and schemmed since the 1950s and we have actually been vassals of the EU, when it was still using the aesopian linguistics and calling itself The Common Market in the early 1970s, a name the bureaucrats arbitrarily changed to EUropean Union in the early 1990s as they worked towards their long term goals of an ever closer centrally controlled Political and economic Union with its own anthem, currency, flag and rigid central control by its self appointed bureacrats towards a new Empirate –
It will take many years to rectify the mess our political class got us into and we have no other peacefull means by which to extricate ourselves than to depend on that self same self styled elite, who all too often forget they work for us!
One huge benefit of BreXit will be that we can negotiate with bodies like the WTO, UN, WHO, IMF, CODEX and the like, directly, in our own interest and that of our partners around the world, in both the Commonwealth and the Anglosphere at large; rather than having negotiations and terms imposed by unelected EU bureacrats and their interpretation of the rules handed down, as if they were some great achievement of the EU’s!The greatest change and benefit will be political, as we improve our democracy and self determination, with the ability to deselect and elect our own Government, with an improved Westminster structure, see >Harrogate Agenda<.
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