AS this week’s EWN hits the streets, the British people are voting on their long term future.
This time tomorrow, we will either still be a member of the EU or an independent sovereign country, making its own way in the world.
All the arguments have been exhausted, with very few hard facts emerging from the debate.
Scaremongering, personal insults and self interest have dominated the media in recent weeks, with very little attention being paid to the most important issue that this referendum throws up, whether we wish to remain a country ruled by an elite club of appointed overseers or claim back our independence and ability to make our own decisions.
I fail to understand why anyone who purports to be a lover of democracy could ever contemplate voting to stay in an organisation where new laws, directives, rules and regulations are drafted by an unelected, and therefore unaccountable Commission.
Economics, economics and economics has been the battle cry of the ‘in’ brigade. Of course the economy of our country is vitally important, but to suggest that we will be unable to not only hold our own, but to thrive in a world where we are free to negotiate our own trade agreements is insulting nonsense.
In my view, the reason that there has been so much desperation on the part of the EU to bring us to heel, is because the vested political and economic interests of this undemocratic club realise just how influential our decision today will be, and that an ‘out’ vote could very well mark the end of the EU as we know it and the derailment of the aptly named, gravy train.
It is an irony that in the event of a British exit, the EU will have to make sweeping and fundamental changes to the way it does business, in order to survive.
Changes that we have been unable to help bring about in 43 years of membership. This is not a ‘Little Englander’ mentality, but a vote to leave ‘Authoritarian Europe.’