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Tamara Chabe: Europe needs us more than we need them


David Cameron’s failure fundamentally to change Britain’s relationship with the EU is not surprising – the EU is a creature of the public sector and bureaucracy and officialdom is in the DNA of the elites running the project.

Ever closer union and the creation of a superstate is the purpose of the EU, and the fact that the leader of the Conservative Party is recommending that we vote to stay IN is further evidence of the Tories’ transformation into New Labour.

The renegotiation was always just a charade designed to placate Eurosceptic Tory MPs and voters, and for Cameron to be seen to be fulfilling his pledge to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with the EU.

In 2013, Cameron made a speech at Bloomberg in which he set how he wanted the EU to change and principles for reform.

Cameron talked of “creating a leaner, less bureaucratic Union relentlessly focused on helping its member countries to compete.”

On sovereignty and democracy he said, “power must be able to flow back to member states, not just away from them. This was promised by European Leaders at Laeken a decade ago”, and “we need to have a bigger and more significant role for national parliaments. There is not, in my view, a single European demos. It is national parliaments, which are, and will remain, the true source of real democratic legitimacy and accountability in the EU.”

Cameron says that the Government’s position will be to “recommend that Britain stays in a reformed EU”. However, Cameron’s deal is not fundamental or radical. There’s no change from the status quo as Britain will still be unable to control its own borders, regain control over trade policy, and there’s no repatriation of powers from Brussels to Westminster. Cameron’s reforms have merely tinkered around the edges.

Also the deal is not legally blinding and Martin Schulz, the President of the EU Parliament, has stated that the Parliament has the right to strike down any policies which it deems to be discriminatory.

Schulz said, “on the issue of the migrant benefit curbs the solutions cannot come at the price of discriminating against EU citizens”, and “a plan for an ’emergency brake’ to restrict payments of in-work benefits to migrants in Britain, would mean that two workers, both EU nationals, paying the same taxes, doing the same work, would for a certain time not be paid the same. Allow me to say this very clearly, the European Parliament will fight against discrimination between EU citizens.”

Martin Schulz is actually right to argue that the proposal to curb in work benefits amounts to discrimination.

Being in the EU essentially makes Britain a region and not a sovereign country. Parliament is subordinated, and the intention is for all EU citizens to be treated equally. Therefore, curbing in-work benefits for EU citizens moving to Britain would amount to discrimination.

The only way that British taxpayers can ensure that benefits are paid to those who have contributed into the pot is to vote to leave the European Union and become a sovereign country and take back control of how tax money is spent.

Also open borders and the NHS are incompatible and if Britain stays in the EU the NHS will cease to exist and we will move to an Insurance-based system. Labour’s inability to understand that sovereignty and the nation state are key to preserving services like the NHS is astounding.

Cameron says that this referendum will “go to the heart of the kind of country we want for our children, how we trade with neighbouring countries, create jobs and prosperity”.

The EU is the world’s only declining trade bloc and 2015 figures from the Office of National Statistics show that Britain continues to export more to countries outside Europe than to countries inside.

Britain doesn’t need to be in a political union with Europe in order to trade with it, and the simple fact is that the EU needs Britain more than Britain needs the EU.

Cameron is taking a regional and not a global approach. Surely, what would be best for future prosperity would be for Britain to capitalise on its links with booming economies and take back control of its own trade policy.

Conservative Cabinet ministers who have decided to vote leave include those from the Justice, Employment, and Work and Pensions departments. Cameron’s proclamations about the EU being good for jobs and prosperity, and the so-called red card scheme being a powerful mechanism failed to convince them.

On the one hand, Cameron says that we are Great Britain but on the other hand he says that we must remain shackled to the EU corpse and should not be independent.

The EU’s abject failure to deal with the migrant crisis shows that far from offering us security, its policies are making us less safe and more prone to terrorism. The rise of Neo-Nazi parties across Europe shows that the EU is causing division and not peace and harmony.

Cameron’s failure to get any real significant change highlights the reality of the EU project. If we vote to stay in the EU we will inevitably get dragged into ever closer union.

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Tamara Chabe
Tamara Chabe
Ms Chabe is a Legal/Business Advisor with a special interest in Business, Current Affairs & Leadership matters

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