Since the result of the EU referendum was announced on Friday that just over half the UK wanted to leave the EU, the country has been in uproar. The pound fell 13% and the UK went from the 5th largest economy in the world to the 6th overnight. France has threatened to throw British border control out of Calise, leaving the UK open to thousands of migrants entering every year. And on Sunday morning, when I was expecting to get stuck into the ironing and mop the floors, I heard that nearly half the shadow cabinet had walked out on the Labour party. The only silver lining I heard was that Donald Trump will still trade with the UK regardless of our position in Europe. Yep, the silver lining is that if Donald Trump becomes President, the UK will not get shafted in trade agreements with the USA.
After watching the news for several hours I had to sit and think about what has happened. Is this what we really wanted? Or was the country just wanting to shake things up with a reform on how we are governed, how our borders are controlled, and how we make decisions about our little blob on the map. Not that I should have to justify my reasons for voting to leave but I thought I would share them with you anyway.
The EU has failed in its original purpose
One of the original reasons that the EU was formed was to prevent Germany from becoming an economic superpower and try to take over the world again. Sounds a bit racist doesn’t it? But after two world wars people were genuinely afraid that it could happen again. The threat of Germany raising another army and bring about World War 3 was considered an issue. Now, Germany has one of the strongest economies in Europe. So, if the EU failed in its primary purpose then what is the point of it existing in its current form?
After 9/11 everything changed
At the time of writing this, we are fast approaching the 15 year anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks in America. Nearly 15 years ago we saw two planes crash into the Twin Towers in New York City. That day changed everything. I will never forget that day. I was in college, sitting on the floor outside a classroom before a lesson when someone ran down the corridor screaming, “Holy shit! World War 3 just started!” The next day we learnt how there was four planes that had been hijacked with the intention of killing thousands of people in an act of terrorism. At was at this point that everyone realised how easy it really was to commit an act of terrorism. It is because of this that security has been tightened, flying is a nightmare, and everyone is a suspect. Which leads me to my next point…
When the EU was formed, it was to keep Germany in check (see point 1) but after 9/11 everyone went on high alert. But here lies the problem. If you are a member of the EU, you can travel freely across the EU. We discovered that we had very little control over our own borders. And in the last 15 years, several more countries have joined the EU, giving access to millions more people. Nobody realised this until a lot of Eastern Europeans started arriving in the UK. It sounds a bit racist, I know, but up until I was working with a Polish girl and Romanian fella, I hadn’t given any thought as to how easy it really was for people to move across Europe. How was the UK supposed to protect itself if people could move across Europe like this? This freedom of movement might have been fine 20 years ago but not now. Not when people have a genuine fear of terrorism from abroad. And since 9/11 there have been repeated campaigns to shut the borders in a bid to protect UK. And before you break out the pitchforks, I’m not saying that everyone is a terrorist, I’m saying the ease that people can travel across the Euro Zone is scary.
The terrorist threat has changed since the formation of the EU
Before 9/11 nobody considered the fact that terrorism could be a global problem and since then we have seen a change in how terrorist acts are planned and carried out. The freedom of the internet has made border control irrelevant. Billions of emails and private messages are sent everyday across the world. This has allowed extremists to groom young people across the world without having to leave their own living room. When the EU was formed there was no internet and if ISIS wanted to recruit people to their extremist cause, they would have to travel across the world to do that. And speaking of extremists….
Remember that guy? Abu Hamza al-Masri was a hate preacher in the UK who preached extremist Islam in London. When the press broke the news that Mr Hook was legally claiming thousands to pounds worth of benefits every year in the UK, the country was in an uproar! How dare he! If likes that way of life so much, he should bugger away off over to the country that is like that then! Those were the cries of the British people. But, apparently, nothing could be done about him. I took years of campaigning to finally have something done about him. In fact, it wasn’t even us, it was America that finally dealt with him after he was extradited to the US to face terror charges. All because EU law said that he was expressing his right to freedom of speech. The EU courts said that he was perfectly within in rights to stand in the middle of a British street and demand that rape victims be stoned to death. Oh, and just read this article from the Daily Mail about how his family is treated.
EU Human Rights
The EU Bill of Human Rights was drafted after Nazi Germany decided it would be a good idea to mass murder Jewish people in gas chambers, degrade and humiliate others, and perform experiments on human beings that would not be out of place in a horror movie. This law was put into place to ensure that prisoners were not subjected to cruel and unusual punishments, and while in the prison system, they would receive basic rights as a human being. The UK is one of the countries that helped to draw up this up. And most people will agree that having an international standard of how to treat prisoners is not a bad thing. This is one of the things I actually liked about the EU but there was no wiggle room. Prisoners had rights. And somewhere along the line this included having access to XBoxes and TV while serving time for cutting someone’s throat. Meanwhile, the elderly population is left high and dry. There are plenty of newspapers that published stories over the years about how people in the prison system are treated better than elderly in care homes. Scaremongering? Maybe.
Too many cooks
When the EU was originally formed there was 6 countries. There are now 28 countries in the EU with around 500 million people. That is a lot of countries. The problem with having so many countries being part of an umbrella government is there are too many people trying to make decisions. Within the UK there are four different countries. That means there are several different assemblies within the UK alone. That’s a lot of different politicians that are trying to make decisions and represent different cultures within our own territory. We already work hard to ensure that everyone has a voice and each culture is respected. Now take our little melting pot and throw it into the EU with XX other countries. Each one demanding respect and that they be heard. Can you see the problem here? There’s just too many cooks for our little pot..
Are you a soldier?
I’ll be honest, and this is going to offend a lot of people, but a lot of the people that I know who voted out have been in the Armed Forces. They have been around the world, serving the UK and seeing first hand what the “War on Terror” is really like. They have seen their fellow soldiers been blown up, shot, hacked to pieces before their own eyes. Things that would make you vomit. And after everything they have seen I’m going to listen to them when they say that we need to shut our borders. Not the keyboard warriors who are screaming WITH THE CAP LOCKS ON at everyone who dares disagree with them and calls everyone who doesn’t want the borders left open a racist. If you are that concerned about what is going on over there, stop sharing videos about “how awful it is, why isn’t the government doing anything about it…” and here is the link to the Army recruiting page. For 15 years we have been sending our troops out there and they can’t do it any more, they are done. If this fact concerns you, please feel free to sign yourself up for a tour of duty around the Middle East. If you aren’t prepared to do that, then shut the fuck up.
We will have control
When I was still undecided about how to vote, I asked a question on Facebook. It was simple. If we leave the EU, can we finally hold our government responsible for their actions? Because I see them saying “EU policy” a lot when they don’t want to do something. The answer was “Yes”. Now that the UK is out of the EU, we can finally hold Dodgy Dave and his band of bandits responsible for what they have done. We can have more control over how our tax money is spent. We can adjust our laws to suit us instead of having our hands bound by EU policy. As a country, we are not bad people and we are not going to suddenly strip everyone of their rights. But we can finally demand more of our politicians and they can’t hide EU policies for treating the working class like shit.
EU laws don’t always apply here
It was not so long ago that Northern Ireland had the chance to change it’s backwards laws on abortion. I am Pro-life. I don’t like abortion and I’ll never get one. But my personal opinion on the subject should not deny someone else the right to get one if they need to. Frankly, what you do with your lady bits is none of my business. The abortion laws are considered to be in breach of EU human rights policies. A woman is not allowed an abortion under any circumstances, even in the event of a rape. And what has the EU done to get the law changed? NOTHING. Even when a member of the EU is in breach of the biggest achievement and cornerstone policy, it has done nothing to put political pressure on the backwards politicians who consider religion more important than human rights of women. How am I supposed to take the EU seriously if they pick and choose their battles like this?
No matter what your reason is for how you voted, it is done now. We now have to live with that decision. Change is scary but change can be good. The world has changed since the EU was formed and all we can do is treat this as a positive change that will work for the people of the UK.