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Why I am voting Leave – my referendum advert placed in the Bucks Free Press


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We will soon choose together what kind of government will best promote our common good. There are risks on both sides of the question on the ballot paper. In a world of unexpected events, trial and error, we need institutions of government which are agile and accountable to the public. Our parliamentary democracy has evolved over centuries to provide both. Today, the European Union sits above our Parliament and our law. It is failing. High youth unemployment, extraordinary monetary policy […]

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UK power in the EU institutions is falling


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The EU has grown from nine to twenty-eight member countries. Having begun as a coal and steel trading bloc, the EU has expanded vastly over the last century. This expansion has meant less representation for UK voters and less accountability for EU officials. Regulations and legislation emanate from the European Commission, which is entirely unelected. The European Parliament has substantially less authority than the Commission: it cannot propose new legislation. While this institution is directly elected, only 73 of 751 of its […]

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A common market with the world, not a failing common government with Europe


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International free trade is vital for any modern economy. The EU is in charge of our international trade: within the EU, the UK is unable to agree its own trade deals. Today, we trade more with countries outside the EU (56 percent) than within (44 percent).  The UK has a trade surplus of £31 billion with non-EU countries per year, but a deficit of £67.8 billion with the EU. See the relevant Commons Library brief for more. In some cases, we do more trade with countries without a trade deal than […]

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The EU holds down wages and business growth


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EU regulations cost the UK economy over £33.3 billion every year. While only 6 percent of UK firms export to the EU, 100 percent of them must obey EU regulations. The Bank of England has calculated that for every 10 percent increase in immigration, wages for the poorest fall by around 2 percent. The Chairman of Britain Stronger In Europe, Lord Rose, has admitted that wages will rise if we leave the EU. Outside the EU, the UK’s democratically elected government will be free to pursue policies which will create more […]

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Independence is a new opportunity for the UK


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The world faces big problems and the EU cannot cope. We love Europe but we don’t need to accept the supremacy of EU law to enjoy friendship and cooperation. Non-EU arrangements like NATO and the “Five Eyes” intelligence sharing network with the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand do not require us to subordinate UK law. Outside the EU, the UK can regain power and influence in international organisations like the World Trade Organisation. Business for Britain’s Change or Go report examined 18 policy areas, […]

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The EU did not allow our Government the change we need 


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David Cameron was allowed no meaningful change when he went to Europe to renegotiate Britain’s deal with the EU. This is our opportunity to decide if we want to remain in the EU on the basis of the Lisbon Treaty, which the Conservative Party under David Cameron opposed. The EU has a flag, anthem, parliament, civil service, executive, supreme court, currency and overseas embassies. These are all characteristics of a modern day country. This is our chance to accept or reject […]

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The EU makes over half our laws and EU law is supreme in the UK


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According to the House of Commons Library, between 2010 and 2013, the average proportion of EU-based UK law and regulation was 59%. They write: The average over these four years was higher, at 59%. But even this calculation does not take account of UK primary legislation or EU ‘soft law’ such as statements, recommendations, guidelines, declarations, special reports etc, which may be implemented equally ‘softly’ in the UK. About twice as many people vote in UK general elections as in […]

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The EU costs us too much, we don’t have control and the bill is growing


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The UK is billed over £50m a day by the EU. Our contribution has grown over the years. We can expect it to grow in the future. We receive a rebate equivalent to £13.6 million a day, applied a year in arrears. It is negotiable. We receive £5.9 billion per year or £16.1 million a day back in ways we cannot control. We make a net contribution of £8.5 billion a year, equivalent to £23 million a day. In 2014, our Prime Minister refused to pay an […]

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TTIP, the NHS, and the Queen’s speech.


This week my conservative colleague Peter Lilley put forth an amendment to the Queen’s speech regarding the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the NHS. The text of the amendment was as follows: At end add ‘but respectfully regret that a Bill to protect the National Health Service from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership was not included in the Gracious Speech.’. I gladly supported this amendment and it had such widespread crossbench support that the Government chose to […]

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A Parliamentary Question on wage increases following Brexit


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Yesterday, I asked the Immigration Minister a Parliamentary Question on the positive effect that Brexit would have on wages: Steve: The Government’s case rests on ignoring the arguments set out by my right hon. Friend the former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions earlier this week, particularly in relation to people shuttling to and fro for a few months at a time. That is a problem that the Minister’s case would ignore by looking at the passenger service. If he will […]

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