Get With The Programme!
You want to be able to explain why the UK should leave the EU, but aren’t confident to explain what these issues are, why they are important and how being in the EU is bad for them. Read and learn these seven principles (as per the Freedom Associations’ own list!)
Free to do as you chose, free from burdens placed on you by others.
However with in the EU we have a whole raft of government generating endless new laws, placing burdens on us at such a pace we can’t even keep up.
Personal and Family Responsibility
You can’t expect to make demands on strangers, charity is for the giver to decide. When you want or need something it is up to you to get it.
The EU undermines the traditional family unit pushing for both parents to work while their children are cared for by strangers. And for pushing for higher tax funded benefits – this robs the taxpayer of the opportunity to practice charity themselves, and there is no virtue in obligation.
The Rule of Law
Your freedoms protected by the consent of all and freely entered, reasonable agreements enforced.
The EU generates law at such a rate it is not possible for anyone to truly know if they are breaking a law or not. And should you break a law in an other member state the European arrest warrant means you can be transported from the UK into a foreign legal system – maybe having to wait months for a trial, to be tried for something you didn’t even know was a crime! Like plane spotting in Greece!
Government is expensive and oppressive – it places a burden on everyone, a necessary evil that must be minimised – it is only for essentials, prefer voluntary cooperation wherever possible.
The EU feels obliged to create new laws for everything from the labelling of medicines, to the bend of a banana – most are unnecessary, many more need not be laws – and the few sensible remaining ones could easily be made in our own national parliament to suit ourselves.
Free Market Economy
You are the only person qualified to decide what is best for you, and there should be minimal barriers put in your way for making your own living to live as you please.
The EU cannot resist creating red-tape, and gold plating it – sometimes forcing businesses to close from the additional overheads and administration, and even more commonly preventing new businesses from even starting up – locking many people into unemployed poverty when they have the skills to start their own business, if only the red tape didn’t tie their hands.
National Parliamentary Democracy
To function in the world, we have the nation state – which requires the cooperation and consent of all.Every UK government minister is an elected MP (Lords notwithstanding), who has been directly elected to parliament in the previous few years.
However the EU government (the Commission) with its ministers (commissioners) are not elected by the people and never have been. They are simply appointed entirely beyond the control of the public.
Strong National Defence
A nation/people who cannot defend themselves will not be a nation for long.Nobody wants violence, conflict or war, but sometimes a nation may consider it unavoidable. With many small countries it is likely that diplomacy can intervene with many peacemakers working between the conflicting parties.
However a huge block like the EU will have a ‘common foreign policy’ there will be no one to mediate in conflicts – so when one occurs (and it would be fool hardy to think one never will) it will be mighty, total and disastrous.A common policy seems attractive – but it means war is all or nothing – surely a few, occasional skirmishes are better than risking total war again?
You want to tell people why the pro-EU arguments are flawed, but aren’t sure how to explain it? We’ll set out their arguments, explain why and how they are flawed and all in a way that you can understand and explain to others.
Leaving will cost every family £x,000 a year
Firstly all such figures are disputed, but most evidence says leaving the EU will save households money – on energy, food and tax.
Also the figures used are rarely about households at all – big business getting huge payments from the EU is not the same as your household getting any of it, but you can be absolutely sure your household paid towards it!
Leaving will cost x,000,000 jobs
Usually the figure you are given is the number of jobs connected with our trade with the EU, not the number of jobs dependent on our membership of the EU – yes our MEP’s (our members of the European Union parliament) will be out of work – but people in companies trading with EU companies will not stop just because we are no longer members!
The UK had customers and suppliers in EU member states before the UK joined and it will still have them after it leaves. Jobs connected with trade with EU companies/people will not disappear just because we end our EU membership.
This also ignores the UK jobs the EU have destroyed – that may return when we leave! The EU have shut UK power stations, aluminium works, steel works, car plants and more – often paying the companies large sums of our own money to move to other countries!
What else? Maybe you can add to our list?