What the in-siders are not ad­mit­ting

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

THOSE who wish us to re­main in the EU are fond of pre­tend­ing we would be vot­ing for things to re­main the way they are now. In this they are ei­ther bla­tantly ly­ing or sim­ply deluded.

If we make the huge er­ror of vot­ing in on June 23 we will see much change, in par­tic­u­lar our laws, per­sonal free­doms, ster­ling, even democ­racy will van­ish.

Be­fore any­one ac­cuses me of ‘scare­mon­ger­ing’ the ev­i­dence is all around like an un­made jig­saw puz­zle. All you need to do is put the pieces to­gether to get the full pic­ture.

On May 7 Pres­i­dent Juncker said some lead­ers “are lis­ten­ing to the wishes of their peo­ple rather than the vested in­ter­ests of the Brus­sels elite”. In plain English, democ­racy is not wanted in the EU.

On May 14 it was re­ported that an EU Prose­cu­tor will be ap­pointed to be­gin on Jan­uary 1, 2017. Un­der that ar­range­ment per­sonal lib­er­ties and safe­guards we have known for 1,000 years will van­ish.

The con­cept of “in­no­cent un­til proven guilty” will go, as will the old ‘habeas cor­pus’ (pro­duce the ev­i­dence) mean­ing that an EU judge, on the flim­si­est of ev­i­dence but an EU Ar­rest War­rant, can have any­one ar­rested and held with­out for­mal charges. In other words, we Bri­tish will hand over con­trols of our le­gal sys­tem to Brus­sels.

The EU bud­get an­nounce­ment will, un­usu­ally, be held back un­til July, af­ter the UK ref­er­en­dum re­sult. Why? What will it con­tain that we should be told about prior to vot­ing?

We will lose all con­trol of our armed ser­vices to the so-called Euro­pean De­fence Force.

What the ‘in-siders” are also not ad­mit­ting is that it is not only us want­ing a ref­er­en­dum; Greece, now France are de­mand­ing one, Hol­land, Ger­many, Hun­gary, Swe­den and others are be­gin­ning to think about leav­ing the EU too.

Put the jig­saw to­gether and we find the EU is be­gin­ning to fall apart and turn­ing its back on all pre­tence of free­dom and democ­racy.

That is what ‘vot­ing in’ re­ally means. On bal­ance vot­ing ‘in’ is far riskier than leav­ing on our terms.

CLIFF DIXON Chair­man UKIP Hilling­don Branch

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