EU debate - too many myths thrown around

Various myths are being thrown at the British public as to the consequences of leaving the EU.

Monday, 16th May 2016, 3:13 pm
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 1:01 am

One of these states that leaving Europe will damage our trade and economy.

Does anyone seriously believe that if a British firm was to offer a European company a quality deal on goods or services at the right price, then that company would not go ahead because we voted ‘No’ in the referendum. The deal would go ahead because business people are business people.

If there was a possibility that the European administration would try to block such trade or make things difficult because we voted ‘No’, then we would have to ask ourselves as to whether we really want to be part of a vindictive and spiteful organisation.

In any case there are four other continents out there and are not the British a fully capable trading nation.

A second myth states that we must be inside the EU to be able to influence events.

Well, we have been inside the EU for a considerable number of years, during which time we have an abysmal record of being able to prevail either at legislation we opposed or legislation we wanted to be passed.

What exactly is meant by the words European Union in the first place?

It is true that a large collection of administrators and civil servants work in Brussels for the EU, but they have very little power. The EU politicians and presidency have some power, but very little real power. So when we hear about new EU proposals or some EU directive, where is this really coming from?

Major EU initiatives come from a comparatively small number of like minded and powerful individuals who remain hidden behind the edifice of this huge bureaucracy for which we all pay. These people have their own agenda as to the way the EU will go and are totally disinterested in the opinions, interests or welfare of the UK.

The whole attitude of what is collectively known as the EU is summed up by a remark by the EU Trade Commissioner, “I don’t take my mandate from the people of Europe”.

A good example of how bad things are is the way that work on the questionable TTIP trade legislation is being carried out in almost total secrecy.

No public administration has any right to carry out major legislation in secret and on top of that with no public mandate. Once this situation comes about, as now, it becomes a dictatorship.

We now have what may be our only chance to leave this organisation, while at the same time remaining on friendly terms with all the countries of Europe.

John Clark

Harriett’s Corner

North Street


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