This simple statement is directly relevant to the two greatest crises facing the British government today: immigration and Britain’s membership of the European Union (EU).
Despite the huge changes in the world since Britain joined the EEC 42 years ago and British membership of the EU being manifestly opposed to our national interest today:
- the UK’s colossal £99 billion trade deficit with the EU (see the Manager’s post of June 23rd);
- the huge annual bill for membership (£18 billion gross – half the defence budget – £12 billion net and rising);
- the enormous diversion of Civil Service effort deployed to head off the most injurious of EU directives (half the Foreign Office, one third of the Home Office and a third of the Justice Department, half the Treasury and two thirds of Business, Innovation and Skills);
- as a direct result of membership of the EU, the impossibility of Britain’s making its own trade and investment agreements with its own kith and kin countries – Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the USA, and all other Commonwealth countries;
- the virtually complete destruction of the British fishing industry in our own coastal ports and waters;
even now the mass of the writers and correspondents in the broadsheet newspapers, with the honourable exception of Simon Heffer in the Sunday Telegraph, still cannot bring themselves to declare in favour of Britain’s leaving the EU and setting out on a path of reclaimed independence. …[more»]