Wednesday, 4 November 2015

What does continued EU membership look like?

One thing we hear asked all too often is what does Brexit look like? We have our own view, but surely the Remainers need to explain what remaining in the EU looks like? We don't know what continued membership means for Britain. We have no idea what this "reformed EU" looks like in theory or in practice.

We are told that the new deal means an end to "ever closer union" - which is just another way of saying integration is put on hold. So what "reform" means really is the status quo. Stagnation, you might say.

And while there may notionally be an agreement that gives us "associate membership", it still does not address the integration by stealth, with the ECJ awarding ever more exclusive competences to the EU. Through this process it is weakening our internal influence, while gradually eroding our presence on the world stage. The EU already takes our place at key international forums and UN bodies. What happens when EU is making all the decisions? Where is our defence against that?

When how we do things is dictated from above, marginalising our political process and subordinating our own government, we are then a democracy in name only and barely qualify as a nation.

Remainers cannot make any guarantees that our own influence will not be phased out. They are not in a position to. There is to be no treaty reform and no new treaty is ever likely to weaken the power of the ECJ or return key competences. At best the "new relationship" is the same relationship, but left to rot like a chained scrapyard guard dog.

Remainers have nothing to offer but more of the same. The same political inertia, the same bickering, the same get-what-you're-given "compromises" - and that's only if Cameron does get "reform". If he doesn't, we're looking at becoming a second rate influence in Europe and a third rate influence in the world. This is the "certainty" they can offer us, whereas the "uncertainty" we offer means full engagement at the global level, a real voice over the global rules that govern trade and a revitalised sense of purpose in the world. Perhaps it is time for a little "uncertainty". We don't think the certainty on offer will ever be a good deal for Britain.

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