CH­ERYL GIL­LAN

MP for Chesham & Amer­sham will be vot­ing leave

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

EV­ERY­ONE should vote in the Ref­er­en­dum on June 23.

It is the first time peo­ple can ex­press their views on our re­la­tion­ship with Europe since 1975. But what we voted for then is not what we got.

I urge peo­ple to vote Leave, so that we can take back con­trol and elected UK politi­cians can again act in the best in­ter­ests of our cit­i­zens. We should not al­low our­selves to be lim­ited by be­ing part of a Euro­pean Union where our pow­ers are di­min­ish­ing and more bur­dens are be­ing piled on our busi­nesses when they should be free to re­act rapidly to the dig­i­tal global econ­omy.

Re­gional trad­ing blocks are con­cepts of the past.

Glob­al­i­sa­tion and tech­nol­ogy such as in­ter­net shop­ping and mod­ern ship­ping meth­ods are open­ing up the grow­ing mar­kets we need to trade with and they are out­side Europe. We are the world’s fifth largest econ­omy, equipped and ready to trade with the whole world, not merely one nar­row part of it. We need to re­gain con­trol of our own laws, in­sti­tu­tions, com­merce and reg­u­la­tory safe­guards, in the same way we kept our own cur­rency.

Noth­ing in the de­bates have led me to doubt that we would not even­tu­ally flour­ish more than ever out­side the EU.

In­deed, it would put us in a stronger po­si­tion.

Con­trol of our bor­ders will strengthen se­cu­rity and we would not have to give up our seat at the United Na­tions (al­ready threat­ened by “the EU Com­mis­sion) or NATO which main­tains our de­fence.

The EU will still want our goods, ser­vices, fi­nan­cial ex­per­tise and our trade.

By vot­ing Leave, we re­gain power over our own des­tiny and democ­racy and win back our in­de­pen­dence.

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