All I can say is, if these are the best reasons for quitting, we should all vote ‘Remain’ next Thursday!
These so-called reasons are so flimsy they can be pulled apart without even trying.
Look at this one: Immigration. It has been proved that the UK needs a certain number of migrant workers to keep the economy going. We have a large (and growing) pensioner population whose livelihoods are dependent on contributions to the economy by a dwindling number of younger citizens who simply cannot provide enough. Therefore we have to have a certain influx of economically-active people from abroad. Claims that they are benefit tourists have been proved to have no foundation. They bring more than £14 billion into the UK economy every year.
And that’s just one reason the arguments against immigration fail.
Let’s try another: Claims the EU is undemocratic. What a crock. This arises because the European Commission, which is unelected, proposes EU legislation. Thing is, the Commission’s members are representatives of EU member states, nominated by each state to represent them. They propose new laws to benefit all EU states and have no power to impose those laws. Their proposals may then be discussed by our democratically-elected representatives including the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament. Our democratically-elected representatives can send proposed laws back to be re-considered, and they can veto any proposals that they believe are totally unsuitable.
Our own system is far less democratic because we have the unelected House of Lords, but nobody ever seems to want to talk about that.
How about trade deal freedom? This is the idea that the UK could negotiate more favourable trade deals with the EU and the rest of the world. It’s a nice thought but we’d all get bogged down in the details. We would not be dealing with the EU as a single entity but would have to hammer out trade deals with each individual member state, and with every other nation in the world where we have previously enjoyed deals as a member of the EU. The process could take years or decades, while our own economy stagnates.
Ah, but at least we wouldn’t have to deal with all that oppressive EU red tape, right? Wrong. Not because we would still have to deal with it but because it isn’t oppressive at all. The EU was created to get rid of excessive bureaucracy. Look at the ‘trade deal’ example above. How much more ‘red tape’ do you think will be created when we have to hammer out scores of individual trade deals with countries around the world? The thought of it is probably making all our diplomats dizzy right now.
Last but not least, there’s the old nonsense that the EU is expensive. It isn’t – we make a profit of £120 million every week from our membership of the EU, mostly due to the contribution of those immigrants that the Brexiters seem to despise so much.
One wonders why these Brexiters are so keen to get rid of the people who pay their wages.
But then, there’s nothing rational about the desire to quit the EU.
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