Grantham Journal column: Leaving EU allows us control of our borders, money, trade and laws

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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.