When I started writing this several months ago, I was a supporter of the Union; proud of the good that derives from the entity. I still am proud, and do believe it will continue to achieve great things.
However, the more I’ve researched, the more I’ve shifted from Pro-Union to on-the-fence. Now, I desire Brexit.
Despite the short term drop it’ll create on the markets, I believe leaving is important for our future as a democratic nation.
For me, the vote comes down to accountability and democracy. And I’m sorry Osbourne, but you can’t put a price on that.
99% of the population are nobodies – including myself. Alone, we are a drop in the ocean. Collectively however, we achieve change. We have election processes to elect ministers and hold demonstrations and petitions to show anger when these guardians betray us.
I, like most, value this freedom; not just because it’s a right everyone on the planet should share, but because I believe it can continue to be effective. Change happens because people get off their backsides; when needed, we’ve united and held Downing Street to account.
Admittedly, our elected Parliament is abhorrent. However, we can’t let current/former governments distract us here. The alternative is far more concerning…
- Being part of a Union with non-accountable leadership – which you nor I vote for?
- Led by presidents we didn’t ask for / can’t replace?
- Having to sift through additional layers of bureaucracy in order to fight for change or justice?
- Being an even smaller drop in a democratic ocean (an ocean of 500,000,000+)
No thank you.
I would much rather have a local MP stand up in Westminster helping to form laws that work best for us – and have that one person to complain to or campaign to kick out when unhappy.
Remain campaigners repeat Cameron’s line of transforming the EU from within; that we need to be around the table to achieve change…
With the greatest respect Prime Minister, we’ve been sat around that table for decades now – and not only has said table quadrupled in size, it is clear that it neither listens nor desires a ‘transformation’. In fact, it’s so far from society it probably doesn’t see a problem; it won’t even be expecting us to vote leave.
So let us at least be honest about what the decision is here. What we are voting for is not a reformed EU, It’ll either be more of the same (if not worse, for future generations) OR a new found freedom – where we actually vote for those who want to serve us.
The world won’t stop spinning the day we vote to leave, Wetherspoons up and down the country won’t shut up shop, EU citizens won’t be ejected from the Isles on military jets. Far from it. The next couple of years will see final arrangements made before an official date is agreed for transition of power.
Given we’re the fifth largest economy on the planet I am confident our Ministers will broker beneficial deals for us during this transition too. Officials saying there’s no guarantee of this are on the in camp, so of course they’re going to say there’s no guarantee. Ironically, the changes Cameron secured in his great deal have yet to be passed through European Parliament – meaning there’s no guarantee of these either! (Although i’d trust the fifth largest economy to secure new trade deals over trusting David Cameron to sweet talk the whole of the European Parliament any day..!)
Over the last 40 years, the Union has grown to over 500,000,000 people. The EU’s intention is to continuously grow meaning this population could double over the next 40 years.
The reality with ever expanding union is that as the state grows, the democratic process weakens… The more people you have within an entity, the more of them need to be vocal at precisely the same time for any desired impact. That’s the problem with people-power, proportionately, you need a large amount of people in order to create or maintain the power. The more the EU grows, the less of an impact constituents have.
Put more simply, the more we will be ignored.
When a million people take to UK streets it has an impact – because it’s a significant proportion of our population. In the Union however a demonstration of a million wouldn’t create a ripple in a puddle on Merkel’s door step. We’d need to mobilise the same amount of people in every other union state for there to even be news coverage. And even then, we couldn’t oust the person in charge to elect a leader who best represents us because the leadership doesn’t have an election process which you nor I are part of.
We’re talking about sacrificing standard democracy here. To even be debating this in a western country in 2016 seems ludicrous?! It absolutely goes against so much of what so many of us stand for.
Let’s visit a parallel universe… We’re on the outside, like 167 other sovereign countries on the planet. We’re choosing whether to join the Union – to sacrifice at least a third of our laws and to have a leader which none of us get the chance to vote for…
Would you vote in?
Whilst I’m not keen on the single European army (papered in for after June 23rd due to it’s controversy), much of the legislation does please me – I’m happy to use lower powered hoovers, and don’t mind the upcoming changes to kettle regulations; I’m a massive environmentalist and believe we should all do our part. But more importantly, I believe we should have a choice to make changes – or at least have the chance to vote for those who best reflect our views; we shouldn’t have things forced upon us from a far-away land.
Countless industries have had to pick up the pieces of EU legislation over the years. Just because the laws haven’t yet indiscriminately affected me, doesn’t mean they never will. And, fundamentally, when that day does come, and something drastic gets imposed which dramatically affects my life, i’m scared that there won’t be an awful lot I could do about it.