I was recently asked to talk to an undecided voter and explain why they should vote to leave the EU.
I thought I would start with something rarely discussed. What does ‘remain’ actually mean?
Britain has historically thought of the EU as a trading block. Somewhere to buy and sell goods who occasionally tells us how straight our bananas should be. Continental nations have a differing view, the move towards “ever closer union” as first set out in the Treaty of Rome in 1957. Almost everything the EU does now moves us (and them) further towards political union. Remain does not mean stay the same, remain means agreeing to be drawn into further union without being consulted, the end of the UK as a nation. So the question that should be first in our minds on polling day is very simple. Who governs us? You cannot have the EU and retain self governance.
Vote to leave will not result in World War 3. Nor will it mean we ‘leave Europe’. The EU is not Europe.
The EU has grown into a highly politicised and dysfunctional organisation driven by its quest for political union at the detriment of its member’s citizens. If we leave we will still be a highly successful trading nation producing the best products, scientists, engineers and so on in the world.
A major issue is population growth. This has nothing to do with race but everything to do with numbers. Official government figures show an annual increase of 330,000 due to immigration. Add to this 206,000 more births than deaths and we have an annual increase of 536,000 per year. In Grantham they are building 8,000 new homes over eight years. At current population growth eight years of building will be taken up by just two weeks growth! Housing is becoming so unaffordable that young families and the under forties will be priced out forever.
The EU founding principle of free movement of people means we cannot forecast the size of our population making it impossible to plan our infrastructure requirements. A controlled system as used in the majority of the world makes sense.
Leave allows control of our borders, money, trade, laws. We will once again be an independent global nation.
Support for Vote Leave in Grantham is tremendous. People are very positive for our future outside the EU. Good luck to us all on Thursday.
Paul Martin is the Vote Leave co-ordinator for the Grantham and Stamford constituency.