EXPOSING BSE'S LIES
"You may have received a newsletter from Britain Stronger in Europe (BSE), which is full of half-truths and fear-mongering. In this special report, I'll take apart the pernicious myths on the back of their newsletter, which they pass off as 'Truths' - so that you're better informed in this most important vote".
Steven Woolfe MEP
“Being in the EU costs each household less than a pound a day – but independent experts estimate the benefits are worth £3,000 a year to the average household, due to lower prices and more jobs trade and investment”
"According to Open Europe, this figure is not accurate and was based on literature from 2008, which is highly inaccurate and outdated to use now. Open Europe deconstructed the figures and said this "On average, the literature surveyed puts the net benefit of EU membership at between 2% and 3% of GDP. The review covers only five pieces of literature with the most recent one being from 2008""(1)
"Leave.Eu have stated that "having £1,000 more to spend each year. By leaving the EU, each household could be better off by this amount - through cheaper food bills, no membership fees, with the cost of regulations lifted, too.""(2)
“We are an independent nation within the EU and have important opt-outs, for example on the Euro and the open borders agreement (Schengen). And on issues including foreign affairs, defence and policing the UK has a veto on policy.”
"Regarding the Euro, “Unless we leave the European Union we will be forced into ever closer monetary union. We know this because the European Commission released a report entitled ‘Completing Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union’ which pledged the EU to “complete EMU at the latest by 2025.” This report, written by the president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker States that in order to complete EMU “concrete measures of a more far-reaching nature would be agreed to complete EMU’s economic and institutional architecture.”"(3)
Furthermore by leaving the European Union we can create our own policy and legislation in Westminster where it should be made. "The UK has a long tradition of common law which it has built up for centuries. As current Deputy President of the UK Supreme Court Lady Hale has stated – common law represents “a rich source of fundamental rights and values” and she has reiterated the “continuing primacy of common law rights”. Outside the EU, there would be even more emphasis on British common law."(4)
"Everyone in the UK benefits from being in the EU: we get lower prices in our shops, more UK jobs, we can travel freely abroad and get free emergency healthcare when there, and our country is safer thanks to the European Arrest Warrant."
"With regards to travelling freely abroad, this is only viable within the European Union. Every other country you travel to requires a visa this is no benefit or loss you will still be able to travel to these countries outside the EU. Furthermore, free healthcare is still available even if a state isn't part of the EU, countries that accept the European Health insurance card are Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. Lastly, the European Arrest Warrant has a wide range of flaws with cases to prove it causes injustice. The case of a British Student extradited to Greece, "the case of Andrew Symeou a British student extradited to Greece in 2009. Serious doubts emerged about the reliability of the evidence against Symeou and he was ultimately acquitted of manslaughter, but not before spending 10 months in appalling prison conditions away from his friends and family. The case against him was fundamentally flawed, but our courts were powerless to prevent the extradition."(5)
Also, another case where by the European arrest warrant whereby there was a grave miscarriage of injustice was the case of Ashya King. "A European arrest warrant has been issued for the parents of a five-year-old boy with a brain tumour, missing from hospital since Thursday. Ashya King was taken out of Southampton General Hospital by his mother and father against medical advice."(6)
The European Arrest Warrant should not have been issued in this incident, the family did not commit a crime but instead were seeking the best medical care for their child in which the NHS could not provide. The EAW does not need to be enforced. We do not need this legislation from the EU, we can implement our own laws to protect the people of the U.K. from Westminster.
“While the EU is our biggest trading partner (almost half our exports go there), being in Europe also means we benefit from free trade deals the EU has signed with over 50 countries around the world – helping UK businesses grow and create UK jobs."
"If we left the European Union, we would have to negotiate just one trade deal with the EU and that would mean a trade deal with the remaining 27 countries. For the previous trade deals we had made, we would have the two years after voting to leave to negotiate a deal with other countries, or, at the very least, we could re- sign on the terms previously agreed."
“Leaving the EU won’t end immigration. Countries that want free access to Europe’s market of 500 million have to accept free movement – as Norway and Switzerland have done, with higher rates of immigration than us. Leaving would also mean our border controls move from Calais to Dover."
"As part of Brexit, an agreement would be reached concerning the EU citizens currently living in the UK and vice-versa, (the UK citizens living and working in the EU) will be reached that is fair to all parties. Outside the EU, the UK government could create a fair, Australian-style point’s based system for immigration into the UK. Furthermore, a recent report released by Migration Watch states “[If we left the European Union], this could substantially reduce the EU inflow for work to perhaps one fifth of its recent level and would, in turn, substantially reduce net migration by perhaps 100,000 a year from the current level of 180,000.” (7)
"Regarding the treaty on border controls between France and the United Kingdom. We have a bilateral agreement with France that establishes UK border checkpoints in Calais which wouldn’t be affected by if the UK left the EU. A bi-lateral agreement is a contract negotiated and agreed upon by two sovereign states, in this case, the United Kingdom and the French republic. The purpose of this draft Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 (Juxtaposed Controls) Order is to give the effect to the treaty between the Government of the United Kingdom and the Government of the French Republic concerning the implementation of frontier controls at sea ports of both countries on the Channel and North Sea."
“The EU has invested millions in the North West, including £150 million to support the expansion of Liverpool Port, vital funding for Manchester University, £50 million of funding for hospital services in Blackburn, and £13 million investment in superfast broadband for businesses and households in Cumbria.”
"The UK is a net contributor to the EU budget, which means that we put in more than we get out in terms of subsidies and grants. So when the UK leaves the EU, the government will be able to match or perhaps even increase current regional development fund levels."(8)