EUROPE: A chance to ‘call time’

It may well be that there is, this year, an ‘in or out’ referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union.

This will be the first opportunity that the British People will have had to express their views on our membership of this institution.

The referendum in 1975 was on the question of whether we remain in the Common Market, which, for those who are old enough to recall it, was a wholly different thing.

The EU is a deeply flawed gargantuan bureaucracy, consuming vast amounts of money every day in its self-serving rush to become a Euro superstate. Britain sends the EU £350m a week of your money.

The Schengen agreement is a busted flush, the Dublin Convention on the treatment of refugees has failed in every respect, and that failure has been led by Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, who has hastened into Germany a million migrants and then wants to spread some of them around the UK, whether we like it or not.

Although the UK is not a member of the Euro, we have had to stump up £850m to bail out Greece, which has failed as an economy because of the Euro.

In addition, we had to pay over £1.7bn to the EU because we were running a successful economy in the UK.

The economy of the EU is shrinking as the Euro-zone countries continue to fail economically (think Portugal, France, Spain, Italy and, of course, Greece), and the medicine that is being prescribed by the European Central Bank, and others, is more of the medicine which caused them to fail in the first place: more centralisation and more tax harmonisation, coupled with more direction from the European Commission, which is an unelected body housed in Brussels.

Now the European Commission wants to go to more centralisation and a ‘European Superstate’ with its own border force and, which has been mooted, its own armed forces.

This is total madness and will not work any more than the Schengen Agreement or the Dublin Convention has worked.

It is worth considering that over the last 20 years of so the EU accounts have not been approved or ‘signed off’, such is the waste and lack of accountability.

It is time for the British people to have their say on these mattes for the first time ever.

By their fruits do you know them – it is time for us to ‘call time’ on this EU monster and, when it comes, to vote ‘out’ in the referendum.

Christopher Dorman-O’Gowan