I have spent all my energies setting out how we will be freer, more democratic and better off out of the EU. I want a policy of prosperity, not austerity. I want us to take back control of our laws. I want us to spend our money on our priorities.
Today I want to do something the BSE people do all the time. I want to ask a few questions of my opponents in this referendum.
The BSE campaign should be called the Better Stay in Europe or else campaign. They spend all their time portraying a bleak future for us should we dare to vote for freedom and independence. Their pessimism is usually based on assuming all our partners in Europe will single mindedly seek to do us down in ways which will damage themselves.Why do they want to stay in organisation with people they think are so unpleasant?
Apparently BSE have their doubts and problems. A series of endorsements by powerful foreigners, large investment banks and multinational companies may be putting more people off than it is winning over. Why should British voters vote for a deal which suits Germany and the USA when it clearly doesn’t meet the Prmine Minister’s aims in his Bloomberg speech, when it does not get us our money back or give us control of our own borders and taxes? Many voters are unhappy about the self serving conduct of some large corporations, so they are not impressed by being told how to vote by them. Lord Rose of BSE let the cat out of the bag when he told us the higher wages he expects when we leave could be bad news!
Given their absence of positive messages it is easy to ridicule their style of bombast. Will EU exit lead to the Black Death being visited upon us? Will France and Germany refuse to ring us up if they hear of a threat to our country? Will they want to stop selling us their cars and wine, and wrongly impose new trade barriers which are largely illegal anyway under international law?
What new groups and companies will they get to sign letters of support? What new fears will they dream up? I would welcome your suggestions for more absurd claims than they have already made, though it is difficult to outdo some of their wild forecasts.
We also need to remind people all the time that institutions like the CBI and some of the investment banks that are so keen on us staying in recommended the European exchange rate mechanism to us which caused a big inflation and a major recession. They then often went on to recommend the Euro, which has done enormous damage to many of the economies outside the German core of the zone. Why should we believe them again when their track record has been so lamentable?
Few of them seem to have read the 5 Presidents Report on future political union and the next treaty and none of them want to talk about it. As we know from the EUs own words they want more central powers, a Euro Treasury and a bigger EU budget, shouldn’t they tell us their view of all this. The EU is on a wild ride to political Union.