by Chauncey Tinker – 6 Mar 2019
I voted to leave the European Union in the referendum held in June 2016, but that point in time was still relatively early in my political awakening. My vague concerns about where the world was heading had already turned to downright alarm as I witnessed the erosion of freedom of speech and equality before the law in the UK, but I only began to write in late 2015.
Since then I have learned many things about the EU that have only served to greatly strengthen my desire for the UK to leave. Today, as the date of our departure is less than 4 weeks away, I wanted to recap through some of these things to remind us why it is so very important that we should leave the EU. Of course this short post is not intended to cover everything that is wrong with the EU, these are just some of the things that I have learned since June 2016.
The EU has worked hard to dismantle borders between countries internally but put no serious effort into securing its external borders. The result was a border policy that was only as strong as the weakest links. The weakest links were not the destination countries for most of the migrants, so the weakest links had little incentive to make the hard decisions required to stem the flood of migrants. Ed West in this article at the Spectator got to the heart of this problem:
Would the migrant crisis have happened without the EU?
Worse still, there is an attitude among the EU leadership that migration cannot be controlled. The current European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos, writing at politico.eu in 2017 stated that:
It’s time to face the truth. We cannot and will never be able to stop migration.
See the full article here:
Europe’s migrants are here to stay
Angela Merkel’s decision to encourage over a million migrants to head to Germany created chaos. Serious criminality is rising everywhere that migrants have come to Europe in numbers recently, even the BBC reluctantly admits it. The EU’s response has been to try to inflict migrant quotas on countries that had the sense to defend their borders. From the Telegraph:
European divisions over migration brutally exposed by EU court judgment on refugee quotas
Clearly there are fundamental divisions between member states in the EU, and surely it is only a matter of time before more countries decide to leave.
The EU funds a project called “Respect Words” which tells the press how to portray migrants and migrant crime. A quote from the Respect Words guide:
Keep in mind that sensitive information (e.g. racial/ethnic origin; religious, philosophical or other beliefs; political party or union affiliation; health and sexual information) should be mentioned only when necessary for the audience to understand the news.
Another quote from the report (whose authors imagine themselves to be Islamic scholars):
Don’t allow extremists claims about “acting in the name of Islam” to stand unchallenged.
At the bottom of the website’s front page there is a notice stating:
Financed by the Rights and Citizenship Program of the European Union.
A quote from the bizarre illogical ramblings of Federica Mogherini, the feather-brained ex-(?)communist who is terrifyingly in charge of the EU’s security:
We need to understand diversity, understand complexity. This is difficult, but maybe a bit less difficult for us Europeans. We know diversity and complexity – especially here in Brussels – from our own experience. For this reason I am not afraid to say that political Islam should be part of the picture.
Anybody who has spent even a brief time looking at the impact of “political Islam” around the world will know that it invariably involves brutal repression of dissent against Islamic doctrine. Since freedom of expression is a core right in Western civilization, enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, there is in fact an unavoidable conflict between Western values and the belief system Mogherini refers to as “political Islam”. As Anne Marie Waters most succintly put it:
… you cannot have a society where you have death for blasphemy AND freedom of religion, its one or the other … someone is going to have to lose.
See our full article on Federica Mogherini’s speech by our contributor Jillian Becker here:
A Highly Representative Speech
There is also a strange EU project called “EurIslam” which I wrote about some months ago:
EurIslam – Allaying Your Fears
The objective of this project is to allay our fears about Islamic immigration and the rising influence of Islam in Europe. The taxpayers of Europe are funding this propaganda!
How many times have you read that our government’s attempts to deport criminals and terrorists have been thwarted by the ECHR’s “right to a family life”, now enshrined in the UK’s Human Rights Act? From the Telegraph:
Human Rights Act has helped 28 terrorists to stay in UK
While those in the know will be quick to point out that the ECHR is nothing to do with the EU, the problem is that it is becoming increasingly difficult to be a member of the EU and not also be signed up to the ECHR. From Rights Info:
Spot The Difference: The European Union Or European Convention On Human Rights?
Signing up to the ECHR is a (political) condition for EU membership (for new members at least). … In 2007, an international agreement (known as the Lisbon Treaty) obliged the EU to ‘accede to’ the ECHR.
Quote from the europarl website:
The Treaty of Lisbon provided for a duty of the EU to accede to the ECHR. However, when the negotiated agreement was put to the Court of Justice for opinion, it ruled (in December 2015) that the agreement did not provide for sufficient protection of the EU’s specific legal arrangements and the Court’s exclusive jurisdiction. For the time being, no new accession agreement has been drafted, but both the Parliament and the Commission underline the need for EU accession.
EU accession to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR)
As the direction of the European Union is towards an ever more federal union, the influence of the ECHR will only increase over time.
Our ancient protection against wrongful arrest, a cornerstone of British justice, is endangered by the EU. From Big Brother Watch:
Habeas corpus and the European Arrest Warrant
Lord Vinson: I thank the Minister for her considered reply, but I am not as optimistic. The fact remains that hundreds of UK citizens are being compelled to appear before any EU court without the merit of the often frivolous charges being first assessed. They can be locked up without pre-trial. Is she not concerned that this totally overrides the ancient liberties of the British citizen enshrined in Magna Carta and habeas corpus? Will she assure the House that this will be resolved?
From last year, a post from constitutional expert Torquil Dick-Erikson:
THE EUROPEAN ARREST WARRANT (EAW) IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. IT MUST - AND CAN! - BE STRUCK DOWN. HERE IS HOW.
He has been warning that the EU has a project to implement a single EU-wide criminal code. He gave a speech in the House of Lords. Quote:
What was not, and still is not, realised, is that the continental authorities do not even try to work to what we consider to be “proper standards”. They work to an entirely different yardstick. Their system is indeed alien to ours, as ours is alien to them.
The European Investment Bank has loaned a staggering EUR 117.4 billion to the UK overall over 1410 projects. This figure includes EUR 211 million loaned to the BBC:
Huge EU Loans To The BBC
In total the BBC was apparently the recipient of soft loans and payments of EUR 258 million in the 5 years to 2008. The BBC has continued to receive some funding from the EU even in the run up to the referendum.
Many of the people involved in organizations that received loans and funding from the EU are predictably pro EU, and many of these people occupy influential positions in the media and academia.
Have you noticed that almost every time you visit a website these days you get an annoying pop up message asking if you give your consent to some agreement that you just don’t have time to read, but if you decline you will usually find that you are unable to use the website in question? You can thank the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for this. Some sites outside the EU simply stopped being available in the EU as they didn’t have time to adopt the legislation. From the Guardian (this article tries unsuccessfully to put a generally positive spin on the new legislation):
What should I do about all the GDPR pop-ups on websites?
These pop-ups are merely a minor inconvenience however, the EU has much worse things in store for the future of the internet. There is much opposition to forthcoming legislation called the EU Copyright Directive. This will destroy the internet as we know it and replace it with something far less interesting and considerably less informative. It may be that this very website the Participator will be unable to operate once this legislation is passed, although we will do our best to continue operating. Thanks to Theresa May’s so-called “Withdrawal Agreement” we will probably find that when the legislation is passed we will be subject to it, even though we are a UK based site. This is one of many reasons that I would prefer a “no deal” exit from the EU, I believe we need a clean break from this diabolical union.
Only larger well-resourced sites will be able to function in this new over-regulated environment, as so often happens when governments get busy creating unnecessary legislation. A (probably intended) consequence will be that many of the smaller sites voicing opposition to the EU will find it much more difficult (or impossible) to operate legally.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation had this to say about the proposed legislation:
Now EVERYBODY Hates the New EU Copyright Directive
According to the above article, two controversial proposals known as “article 11” and “article 13” have been re-introduced to the legislation.
To give you some idea of how badly conceived the legislation is, a special explicit exception has apparently been proposed for Wikipedia. Any sites that want to provide an alternative to Wikipedia will of course find the exception does not apply to them. There is more information about this strange exception and much else in this article from Wired:
What is Article 13? The EU’s divisive new copyright plan explained
Of course these are only 2 examples of EU legislation that simply seems quite deliberately designed to make our lives more difficult.
Our MPs increasingly appear to be determined to block our departure from the European Union, and so we must now rekindle the courageous spirit of our ancestors. In the words of our great naval hero Horatio Nelson, who of course also fought against continental despotism in his time:
“Something must be left to chance; nothing is sure in a sea fight above all.”
Of course our departure from the EU is not a sea-fight, rather it is an escape from a sinking ship. We are being warned of the supposedly grave risks of leaving the sinking ship, however the risks involved in jumping off the ship must be weighed against the greater risks involved in staying on board as it sinks beneath the waves.
The direction of travel that the EU has embarked on (and will obstinately continue upon until it has ceased to exist) is one of effectively open borders, ever increasing red tape, ever declining democratic accountability, growing financial waste, and erosion of our most fundamental rights and liberties. Ultimately the EU will destroy itself, just as the Soviet Union did before it, but do we really want to be dragged down with it as it sinks?
Of course there is some risk involved in breaking the many entanglements that enmesh us with the EU, and no human being could possibly know all the implications of breaking these entanglements. (I pause for a second here to salute those who made the greatest efforts to understand those implications during the referendum campaign, they were often sidelined or even simply ignored in favour of narcissists such as the naked professor woman). However, as many have been pointing out recently, Estonia managed to break away from the Soviet Union that it was arguably even more closely enmeshed with. From the Epoch Times:
How Estonia Sang Its Way Out of the Soviet Union
The country has since gone from strength to strength:
Estonia’s journey from backward Soviet state to one of world’s most wired countries
Perhaps, as we have been warned by the proponents of “Project Fear”, there will indeed be some temporary shortages of chocolate bars and sandwich fillings, but in the longer run we will be infinitely better off.
Of course there are many more subjects I could have written about here – how the UK is a net contributor to the EU, how membership of the euro currency is driving the Eurozone towards an economic crisis, how our fishing industry gets a poor deal from the EU, but these are subjects already much talked about elsewhere.
Once more unto the breach then my friends! We won the referendum, but now we must see Brexit through! We must ensure that our politicians do not renege on their campaign promises to honour the result of the referendum!
From Carnegie Europe:
The EU Remains Unprepared for the Next Migration Crisis
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