Why The UK Is Better Out Of The EU
There are many reasons to why the UK is better off not being part of the EU. One large reason, is that the EU is rather close to becoming a dictatorship for the membership countries. But what about the countries that are not part of the EU and have never been? How exactly are they coping without the “holy grail”?
In 2001 76.8% of Swiss citizens voted against joining the EU. The Swiss have a long tradition of neutrality and non-involvement into European Politics that have served them well over the past several centuries (obviously with the exception of the period of Napoleonic Wars).
The Swiss tend to be more conservative in the sense of politics itself, likewise the Swiss have very strict immigration policies. Being part of the EU means that Switzerland would have to expel these policies.
Likewise, one of the most stable currencies of the world is the Swiss Franc- independently of any other factors. Becoming part of EU would mean becoming part of Euro zone. In addition, the recent events involving Greece show exactly how one member of state can affect the other members surrounding them.
So how does this correlate with us leaving the EU?
Of course there are many external factors that leave us quite different to Switzerland indeed. For example, Switzerland has never been a member of the EU in the first place, whereas the UK was part of the EU since 1973 and had only just passed the voting decisions to leave. Therefore, various funding processes that the UK has relied on as well, may impact the state on a temporary level.
British citizens would suddenly need to start paying import duties on products they brought in from the EU. Thus, consumers in other countries would have to start paying import duties on UK products, reducing the demand for them. In addition to this, it would also cost a large amount of UK jobs.
Costs and the economy aside, I believe that the social situation deemed to be much more of an important issue to leave voters. As someone who was unable to vote (I have a German passport), I still supported the leave campaign for mainly social reasons.
After the cultural enrichment breakthrough in Germany and Sweden, it was obvious that the UK needed to start controlling who comes in and out of the country, to prevent such disastrous happenings in the UK.
The European Union’s executive body on May 4th 2016, proposed controversial new asylum rules forcing member countries to take in refugees. Moreover, a green light to visa-free travel for Turkey and Kosovo was given too.
Kemp, a former head of the international terrorism team at the Cabinet Office, mentioned:
“By leaving, we will again be able to determine who does and does not enter the UK. Failure to do so significantly increases the terrorist threat here, endangers our people and is a betrayal of this country.”
Studies have been published suggesting that EU migrants are net contributors to the British economy. However, there are also negative aspects with critics arguing that the impacts from high net immigration, such as social cohesion, strains on education, healthcare, and other public services, and the pricing of low-skilled British labour out of the market are a large problem.
The NHS is a gift to British people. Living with Swiss healthcare is quite costly (however I must say it is rather efficient for what one pays). When there are strains in the system, such as too many people joining the NHS and not contributing in taxes, this is when the health service will begin to fail. Leaving the EU will allow us to control this, and balance out funding.
Did you also know that the 120,000 regulations enforced by the EU, cost over £100 billion a year to implement? These have permanently closed thousands of British businesses. Repealing all 120,000 regulations, and saving not just the £100 billion, but the huge amount of damage done to British companies, would be sensible.
The EU stopped Britain from trading freely with that 93% of the world that is outside. For example, when we joined in 1973, New Zealand had to drive 3 million sheep off the cliffs into the sea, because Britain was no longer allowed to buy them in quantity.
Is this not enough information to understand the restrictions that we have to face? Obviously, there are many more factors in play, such as our economic status at the moment and if we will be able to handle such a strong change at this time.
However, unfortunately there isn’t much time to spare, not with what we are facing in our modern world at this moment.