We should leave the European Union

'Ever closer union' is written into the DNA of the European Union which is why it is on the path to becoming a single super state. We wish our European friends well with their endevour if that is what they want, but it is not right for Britain. We want a Europe that we can be friends with, that we can trade freely with, but not where we are governed by it.

10 Reasons

1. Since we joined the EEC in 1973, we have been in surplus with every continent in the world except Europe. Over those 27 years, we have run a trade deficit with the other member states that averages out at £30 million per day.

2. In 2010 our gross contribution to the EU budget will be £14 billion. To put this figure in context, all the reductions announced by George Osborne at the Conservative Party Conference would, collectively, save £7 billion a year across the whole of government spending.

3. On the European Commission’s own figures, the annual costs of EU regulation outweigh the advantages of the single market by €600 to €180 billion.

4. The Common Agricultural Policy costs every family £1200 a year in higher food bills.

5. Outside the Common Fisheries Policy, Britain could reassert control over its waters out to 200 miles or the median line, which would take in around 65 per cent of North Sea stocks.

6. Successive British governments have refused to say what proportion of domestic laws come from Brussels, but a thorough analysis by the German Federal Justice Ministry showed that 84 per cent of the legislation in that country came from the EU.

7. Outside the EU, Britain would be free to negotiate much more liberal trade agreements with third countries than is possible under the Common External Tariff.

8. The countries with the highest GDP per capita in Europe are Norway and Switzerland. Both export more, proportionately, to the EU, than Britain does.

9. Outside the EU, Britain could be a deregulated, competitive, offshore haven.

10. Oh, and we’d be a democracy again.

Hat tip: Dan Hannan

Official Views


Arguments For

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Technology has created an environment in which the major players talk about global politics, global economics, global disaster. Within this framework, ideas that focus on 'nation' are no longer worthwhile or relevant. Whether or not this is a good shift makes no difference in the intended outcome: more people being controlled by fewer people. Because one-world governance can't be implemented suddenly, more palatable chunks of geography (nations) needed to merge and re-unite under the control of higher powers. Being a part of the EU is a mistake because it signifies moving one step closer to global governance.

Arguments Against

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I am wary about European and world union, and the possibility of a central dictatorship, so direct democracy needs to be taken to a higher level than nation states. I don't see the need for nation states anyway, at least not as competitive entities. Competition is a destructive force when not tamed by cooperation.


Jim King

I am curious as to the reasons given for NOT leaving.

We are not talking about leaving Europe, nor are we talking about stopping doing business with them. They are, after all, next door.

Europe sells us a lot more than we buy from them, the UK contributes a significant chunk of the EUs budget which the remaining countries would have trouble replacing (Germany or France can take up the slack but have electorates who might just have words about trying).

Will the European Governments stop selling things to us because suddenly we tell the Eurocrats to go away and bother someone else, will trade tariffs be put into place that will block UK - EU trade, I don't think so.

Britain is not part of the Euro so that's no a factor.

Mostly what I see on the side of the Out vote is opportunity, potential, looking to the future.

What I see on the stay side is fear and panic, we will be finished if we leave, the country will be nothing, no one will deal with us.

It is entirely possible to be in Europe and outside the EU, trading with all of our traditional partners without being tied down by the dictates of unelected eurocrats or subject to rules and regulations that are intended to cover the entire EU and as such are a bad fit for UK businesses or people.

So lets hear from the NO voters, there are a few of you so far, can we hear your voices.

3 year(s) ago
Jim King


not in the EU.

Can we hear the voices of those who voted no to this motion, what are the reasons you want to stay.

3 year(s) ago
Mark Richardson

I opposed the motion because I am against nationalism, I support the European bill of human rights and I'd prefer a united Republic with a president to a despotic nepotistic tax free island monarchy.

3 year(s) ago
John Sharp

I oppose because although I think the current setup is wrong, and the drive by some European politicians to force integration even closer are deluded, a reformed European Union would still be better than not being a part of it. I'd argue that the European Common Market was the best model and we're more likely to reform the current system from within rather than as a noisy bystander.

3 year(s) ago

Public Vote

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