The EU is a subject that immediately causes our elected government to rise above the wishes of the British people.Tony Blair never fulfilled his electoral promise of a referendum. And despite the biggest ever Conservative revolt over Europe, the call for a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union has once again been blocked, with a Downing Street spokesman announcing that “government has to do what is in the national interest – and Britain’s best interests are served by being in the EU”. Who really believes this? Clearly not the electorate. We have no veto right as an individual state on any piece of legislation anymore. The elite of the EU is run by a mix of ministers/non-elected commissioners and elected euro MPs (who the British public take little interest in because we’re still under the illusion that we have our own parliament). The waste levels on spending are simply staggering. I attended a summit in Brussels recently, organised by the European Commission. Groups of us were jetted in from all over Europe. We flew first class. We were put up in over-expensive hotels. We were let loose in series of workshops run by people who had little of interest to say. On the flight home (while sipping my free champagne), I estimated the event must have cost in the region of £4m for two days: a truly appalling and profligate spend. Britain latched on to Europe in the mistaken belief it would be economically beneficial. In fact, we contribute huge amounts of money but get very little back. A truly amazing 45 per cent of EU spending went towards CAP (common agricultural policy) – an industry which only employs only five per cent of EU citizens. It’s argued that trade would suffer if we left. But just look at the strong economies of Switzerland and Norway. A great many object to having free labour movement within 27 states and growing unemployment at home. We are beset by immigrants coming to Britain – approximately one third of them for work-related reasons, not to mention asylum seekers funnelled from other EU countries who do not want to deal with them. A supposed advantage is to import skills from elsewhere – how about we spend some of that money on training our own people with those skills? The real result for the small business is not that we have better trade but that we are swamped with crazily unworkable legislations and additional paperwork. The EU has, in addition, provided a most wonderful “out” for MPs: when challenged on legislation, they can laugh it off under the “that’s not us, that’s Brussels” excuse. The EU plan derives from an original Nazi plan developed to manage Europe once it had been totally conquered. It is not about trade at all, but simply about centralised government. Remaining within the EU is simply adding yet another impossible disadvantage on Britain’s small businesses. Jan Cavelle runs The Jan Cavelle Furniture Company. Read her profile here. Do you agree with her view on the EU? Post your comments below.
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