EUROPE: Think about sovereignty

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With polling day in the EU referendum imminent, is it not time that both sides began to talk about the big issues involved, rather than just one?

When did we last hear the ‘Remain’ side talk about sovereignty and democracy, the power to choose our own government, to hold it to account for its decisions and sack those who ‘mess up’ big time via elections, the right to set our own taxes and live by our own laws? These are the important questions we should be asking, and getting replies to, from those leading the debate to remain in the EU.

We get a few words about these things from the ‘Leave’ side, but it hammers it home nowhere near enough.

The Remain side debates semantics, minor trading terms and haggles about the sum of our weekly contribution. Prime Minister David Cameron is promising us that if we stay in he can negotiate a deal with the EU which will see immigration reduced to “the tens of thousands”. Where have we heard that before?

Voting to remain will end for all time our right to govern ourselves, and make even basic decisions over our lives impossible.

And that is why we hear nothing about sovereignty from those who would so casually hand it over to the unelected, unaccountable in Brussels.

Scott Hartley

Ashington