Gerard Batten MEP answers your frequently asked EU Referendum questions
1. Would leaving the EU endanger jobs and trade, and could the EU put up trade barriers against the UK?
2. OK, but what about the EU’s Common External Tariffs?
3. Would leaving the EU exclude Britain from the Single Market?
4. But what about the international trade deals that the EU has negotiated with the rest of the world – would we not be excluded?
5. But isn’t 50% of our trade with the EU?
6. Is it true that 3 million jobs depend on trade with the EU?
7. Outside of the EU what would happen to UK citizens living in Europe, could they be deported?
8. But if I own a property in an EU member state will it be safe?
9. Outside of the EU would I lose free access to their health services when I travel to Europe?
10. Hasn’t the EU helped to keep the peace in Europe?
11. Are we not we stronger on the world stage as part of the EU, and would we lose influence outside it?
12. Would Britain be ‘isolated’ outside the EU?
13. Should we remain in the EU in order to influence its decisions?
14. Why do more countries want to join the EU, such as Turkey for example?
15. But if we left we would not lose millions in EU grants?
16. How much does EU membership cost?
17. How many of our laws are made by the EU?
18. But other sources, like Nick Clegg MP, say that a much smaller number of our laws come from the EU. What is the truth?
19. Haven’t measures such as the European Arrest Warrant made us safer from criminals and terrorists?
20. But I have heard that the courts can prevent extradition if the accused person’s human rights are at risk?
21. Don’t we need to be in the European Union to help protect us from organized crime and terrorists?
22. Why does President Obama want Britain to stay in the EU?
23. But why are big businesses calling for Britain to remain in the EU?
24. Haven’t some big businesses threatened to leave the UK if we leave the EU?
25. Haven’t senior members of the British armed forces said we would be safer in the EU?
26. Some say that if we leave the EU we would be like Norway and Switzerland who have to obey most EU laws, pay a contribution to the EU budget, and have open borders. Is this true?
27. Even so, surely we would still have to comply with EU rules in order to trade with member states?
28. But outside the EU would we not lose our Human Rights?
29. Hasn’t David Cameron ‘renegotiated our membership of the EU’ to deal with all these problems.
30. Aren’t the Conservative and Labour parties both in favour of EU membership?
31. Has any other country ever left the EU?
32. When we do leave how can it be done? What is Article 50?
33. But it’s all so complicated. I cannot make up my mind. How can I decide which way to vote?
Here is a list of the most frequently asked questions about the EU Referendum, and what would happen when Britain leaves the European Union. Every effort has been made to answer them as accurately and factually correct as possible.
During the course of the referendum campaign further questions will no doubt arise and updated versions of this document will be published. If the reader can think of any questions that have not been included here then please email them to Gerard Batten MEP: firstname.lastname@example.org
CAMPAIGNERS for Britain to quit the EU were given another massive boost last night when 250 business leaders and entrepreneurs joined the anti-Brussels referendum surge.
Tim Martin, chairman of the pub chain JD Wetherspoons, Carphone Warehouse founder David Ross and Martin Bellamy, chief executive of the Salamanca Group merchant bank were among the high-profile backers of the Vote Leave campaign group.
By Steven Swinford, Deputy Political Editor, GMT 24 Mar 2016
Sir Richard Dearlove said: ‘The truth about Brexit from a national security perspective is that the cost to Britain would be low’
Ed – From The Labour Leave Campaign comes this concise, comprehensive guide for all Brexit campaigners of whatever political colour.
The UK gives Brussels £50m every day. £350m every week. £19bn every year. We get less than half back, but Brussels stops us spending on our priorities in jobs, manufacturing, energy, transport, regeneration, agriculture and fisheries. And every year Brussels takes more powers away from us.
As UK exports decline to the EU and soar to the rest of the world, we must look seriously at the price we are paying to be members of a declining club that wants more powers to dictate our future.
The UK will be far better off freed from undemocratic Brussels rule.
By Louise Bours MEP, Ukip’s health spokesman, Telegraph, 21 Mar 2016
Do you prefer the EU or the NHS? The referendum gives us a chance to keep our national health service alive, safe from open door immigration and TTIP
Read full story: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/eureferendum/12196908/Britains-NHS-cant-survive-staying-in-the-European-Union.html
THE PRESS OFFICE OF The Lord Stoddart of Swindon (Independent Labour)18 March 2016
The Prime Minister begging Brussels for permission to
abolish tax on tampons demonstrates who governs Britain
The independent Labour Peer, Lord Stoddart of Swindon has vociferously pointed out that the fact that Prime Minister David Cameron has had to go “cap in hand to Brussels to beg for permission to abolish the tax on tampons is clear and unequivocal evidence that this country is governed by the European Commission in Brussels and not our Government and Parliament at Westminster.”
Lord Stoddart said: “It is absolutely humiliating to see our Prime Minister forced to beg for concessions on this iniquitous tax from unelected bureaucrats in Brussels. For millions of women tampons are an absolutely essential item and this is proof positive that our country has been humbled by EU membership. If anyone was still in doubt about who governs Britain, they know now.”
From The Better Off Out Campaign
1. BRITAIN WOULD LOSE THREE MILLION JOBS IF WE LEFT THE EU
– If Britain withdrew from the EU it would preserve the benefits of trade with the EU by imposing a UK/EU Free Trade Agreement.
– The EU sells a lot more to us than we sell to them. In 2014 there was a trade deficit of over £50bn, with a current account deficit of nearly £100 billion. It seems unlikely that the EU would seek to disrupt a trade which is so beneficial to itself.
– Moreover, the Lisbon Treaty stipulates that the EU must make a trade agreement with a country which leaves the EU.
– World Trade Organization (WTO) rules lay down basic rules for international trade by which both the EU and UK are obliged to abide. These alone would guarantee the trade upon which most of those 3 million jobs rely.
Express: GERMANY must have a UK-style referendum on its membership of the EU, the political party which gave Angela Merkel a bloody nose over the migrant crisis insists.
Read full story: http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/653976/Germany-EU-referendum-AfD-Angela-Merkel-migrant-crisis