A UK Brexiteer And Citizen’s Q & A Guide To The European Union

gerrard_battenGerard 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: gerard.batten@btinternet.com

Answers Below….

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Express: Business leaders want out of EU: 250 top bosses back vote to break free from Brussels

Express Get Us Out KNIGHTBy Macer Hall

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.

Telegraph: Quitting the EU ‘would help our security’, former MI6 chief suggests

MigWatchHordeBy , 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’

Labour Leave: Here are the FACTS about the UK in the EU

Ed – From The Labour Leave Campaign comes this concise, comprehensive guide for all Brexit campaigners of whatever political colour.


LabourLeave_150The 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.

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Tax Research UK: The EU is going to fail on country-by-country reporting

peopleVselitePosted Tax Research UK,

The Financial Times has reported that it has a leaked copy of the EU’s proposed standard for country-by-country reporting, and that it falls well short of anything remotely deserving of that title. As it has said:

In a significant disappointment for tax-justice campaigners, the scope of the disclosure rules will be limited to activities within Europe, leaving a lack of transparency on profit shifting to non-EU tax havens such as the Cayman Islands and Bermuda.

Crucially, data on activities outside the EU would not have to be broken down country by country. Instead, firms could aggregate data on, for example, profits made in all non-EU countries into one lump sum. The same applies for taxes and other information to be disclosed.

This is not, of course, country-by-country reporting. It is EU zone reporting at best….

Read full story: http://www.taxresearch.org.uk/Blog/2016/03/22/the-eu-is-going-to-fail-on-country-by-country-reporting/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+org%2FlWWh+%28Tax+Research+UK+2%29

Britain’s NHS can’t survive staying in the European Union

NHSBy 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

EU Attack On UK Criminal Justice: Open Letter to Mr Michael Gove

Posted March 19, 2016 by Torquil Dick-Erikson UKIP Daily in Views & Letters


“If we vote to Remain, we will have locked ourselves into the EU irrevocably. We will have handed the key over to our captors. That is all that Brussels needs to move forward swiftly and give us the full nine yards of this alien [EU] justice system. And then the armed paramilitary European Gendarmerie Force, already up and running, will be sent over with Mrs May’s consent (she refused to rule it out), to ensure its enforcement. Our subjugation will be complete.”

An appeal to Mr Gove, Justice Secretary of Her Majesty’s Government.

The EU threat to our legal safeguards of personal freedom must be debated!

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PM begging Commission for concessions on tampons proving who governs Britain

JunkerCameronTHE 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.”

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Better Off Out: 10 Pro EU Myths Debunked

Better Off OutFrom The Better Off Out Campaign


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.

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ANGELA MERKEL’S NIGHTMARE: Germany faces EU referendum demands over migrant crisis

Express Get Us Out KNIGHTExpress: 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