The Government has pulled a con-trick†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††

†††††††††† and the anti-EU press has backed it up.

†††††††††† They say that Britain has decided to leave the EU:

†††††††††† they have convinced everyone that itís true;

†††††††††† the public, the media, the EU and the world believe it

†††††††††† but it is not true.

†††††††††† Britain has not yet decided to leave the EU.


The High Court has given its judgement:

†††††††††† the Government canít make that decision,

†††††††††† a referendum canít make it either,

†††††††††† only Parliament has the power to decide.

†††††††††† The Government has appealed to the Supreme Court.


If it loses, the Government plans to cheat:

†††††††††† it plans to force a Bill through Parliament;

†††††††††† it plans to make the Bill impossible to amend;

†††††††††† it plans to severely limit time for debate;

†††††††††† Parliament must resist:

†††††††††† it must not pass a Bill like that

†††††††††† no matter how many times the Government tries.


Parliament must insist on a proper process:

†††††††††† on a Bill with one clear and simple proposition

†††††††††† ††††††† ďthat the UK shall leave the EUĒ

†††††††††† on ample time for full debate Ė several days

†††††††††† on Ministers being bound to cede the floor

†††††††††† on a free vote


MPs must vote without fear or favour

†††††††††† They must consider only the people they represent

††††††††††† they must vote in the best interest of those people

†††††††††††††††††††††† they must ignore pressure from their party

†††††††††††††††††††††† they must ignore personal interest

†††††††††† They must not feel bound by the referendum result

†††††††††††††††††††††† such a big decision required a decisive majority

†††††††††††††††††††††† the actual majority was very small

†††††††††††††††††††††† the actual majority was very dubious

†††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† due to a probable large anti-Government vote

†††††††††† They must not allow themselves to be intimidated

†††††††††††††††††††††† they must ignore threats from the anti-EU press and trolls

†††††††††† They must carefully consider three things

†††††††††††††††††††††† the benefits of being in the EU

†††††††††††††††††††††† the benefits of being outside the EU

†††††††††††††††††††††† the costs of getting out of the EU


Benefits of being in the EU

†††††††††† Free trade within the largest customs union in the world

†††††††††† Trade agreements with 46 countries and unions outside the EU

†††††††††† 28 countries share the (very great) costs of regulating

†††††††††††††††††††††† labour standards

†††††††††††††††††††††† environmental standards

†††††††††††††††††††††† goods and services standards

†††††††††††††††††††††† infrastructure standards

†††††††††††††††††††††† many others

†††††††††† Joint defence of shared social and cultural values

†††††††††††††††††††††† in a world of mega-states

†††††††††††††††††††††† in a world of mega-corporations

†††††††††††††††††††††† in a world of security threats from non-state actors

†††††††††††††††††††††† in a world of international organized crime

†††††††††††††††††††††† in a world of instability and mass migration

†††††††††††††††††††††† in a world whose climate is changing

†††††††††††††††††††††† in a world facing many other environmental threats

†††††††††††††††††††††† in a world of epidemics and other health threats

†††††††††††††††††††††† in a world where many are in need of aid

†††††††††††††††††††††† Britain is simply too small to go it alone

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† in this world of giants and global crises


Benefits of being outside the EU

†††††††††† Savings of £350M a week in contributions to the EU budget

†††††††††† but††††† £100M comes back in rebates (never goes out, actually)

†††††††††††††††††††††† another £90M comes back in subsidies and other support

†††††††††††††††††††††† the other £160M wonít go very far among 65 million people

†††††††††† Freedom from burdensome EU regulations

†††††††††† but††††† we need regulations, will now have to make up our own

†††††††††††††††††††††† which wonít be much different Ė we helped write the EU ones

†††††††††† Reduced competition from EU workers for UK jobs

†††††††††† but††††† unemployment has gone down while EU immigration has gone up

†††††††††††††††††††††† many UK businesses canít find the workers the need in the UK

†††††††††† Reduced strain on Government services and benefits

†††††††††† but††††† EU immigrants pay taxes that pay for services and benefits

†††††††††††††††††††††† and they have higher rates of employment than UK average

†††††††††††††††††††††† and they have lower rates of benefit claimthan UK average

†††††††††† Reduced strain on housing and infrastructure (roads etc.)

†††††††††† but††††† at the cost of a smaller UK economy

†††††††††† Reduced social tension due to large numbers of EU immigrants who

†††††††††††††††††††††† donít speak our language at a colloquial, neighbourly level

†††††††††††††††††††††† donít know our manners, our customs, our holidays

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† and our general way of doing things

†††††††††††††††††††††† and gather together in communities, making us feel shut out

†††††††††† Getting our country back

†††††††††††††††††††††† the EU wants to abolish nationality

†††††††††††††††††††††† thatís the agenda of the aging EU elite

†††††††††††††††††††††† itís based on memories of the horrors of war

†††††††††††††††††††††† but it is being pushed too far and too fast

†††††††††††††††††††††† French people want to be French,English to be English,etc.

†††††††††††††††††††††† but the EU elite just donít get it


Costs of getting out of the EU

†††††††††† An end to the export of many financial services to the EU

†††††††††† Tariffs & quotas on trade in goods with the EU for up to 10 years

†††††††††† Tariffs & quotas on trade in goods with46 EU partners for up to 10 years

†††††††††† Negotiation of a new trade agreement with the EU

†††††††††† Negotiation of a new trade agreement with each of the 46 EU partners

†††††††††† Huge teams of negotiators working on those agreements for up to 10 years

†††††††††† Legislation to replace all EU regulations and standards

†††††††††† These costs will vastly outweigh any conceivable net benefit


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