UK should get the hell out of the European Union

Edward Heath signs the EEC accession document

Edward Heath signs the EEC accession document

The European Union is the perfect example of a good idea taken to ridiculous lengths.

The Brits have always had a very strained relationship with Europe and its institutions. Its geographical position, as an island separated from continental Europe by the English Channel, has always meant that the Brits thought very differently to their French and German counterparts. Britain had always punched well above its weight on the international stage, creating a vast Victorian Empire that stretched round the globe.

The EU started off in 1957 as the European Economic Community (EEC), which was actually not a bad idea: a European bloc of countries agreeing together to improve trade between member states.

The UK eventually joined the EEC in 1973, after a campaign fronted by the Conservative Prime Minister Edward Heath. Two years later, Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson put the membership of the EEC to a referendum, which confirmed the view that the UK should remain.

But as would be expected, the bureaucrats and institutions of Brussels wanted more and more power, and over the next thirty years, the EEC was slowly morphed into a federal group of states with almost full political, monetary and legal union – all controlled by Brussels and without any genuine accountability to the individual member states.

Lord Denning, former Master of the Rolls, had the measure of this plan back in 1990:

“Our sovereignty has been taken away by the European Court of Justice…Our courts must no longer enforce our national laws. They must enforce Community law…No longer is European law an incoming tide flowing up the estuaries of England. It is now like a tidal wave bringing down our sea walls and flowing inland over our fields and houses—to the dismay of all.”

The quasi-socialist EU was determined to regulate and control every aspect of our lives, down to such trivialities as the curvature of bananas (PDF) (no, it isn’t a myth). Doesn’t it tell you all you need to know about the European Union that there existed within it, up until 2006, a ‘Management Committee for Bananas’?

The UK managed to avoid many of the worst excesses – single currency and Schengen (open borders – see how well that’s worked out, eh Germany?) being the two that spring to mind.

But the Brits never had a say as to whether they wanted to be part of such a federal super-state –  there was nothing the UK courts or Parliament could do to challenge EU legislation, since it overrode domestic legislation. Denning was right – we had abandoned our sovereignty.

Boris Johnson

BoJo announces he’s backing Brexit

Now, finally, the Brits have a chance to escape the shackles of the EU and shred millions of pages of pointless European regulation. A referendum, due to be held on 23 June, will give the British people the chance to vote their way out of the European Union.

The Leave campaign has just been given a massive boost by the decision of Mayor of London Boris Johnson to support a British exit (or ‘Brexit’ as it is known).

Whilst the Common Market of the 1970s was a reasonable entity for the UK to join, the European Union as it is today is a bloated, lumbering, inefficient and corrupt bureaucracy.

The UK can remain a significant trading partner with Europe without being tied up in miles and miles of European red tape.

Not only that, but the hijra currently swamping mainland Europe will eventually lead to its collapse, or failing that, its complete demographic transformation. Like a sinking ship, you want to be a long way away when it happens.

Britain should take this chance and get the hell out.


  1. Simon Colwell says:

    I’d be emigrating if I was a Pom. Europe is well and truly f_cked.


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