Many who meet me instantly assume I campaigned to remain when I speak to them about my involvement in the European Union referendum; when in fact I actively campaigned to Leave the European Union.
Let’s get something completely straight: Leave voters are not selfish, racist, xenophobic, bigoted or stupid. They voted for our democracy, they voted for our sovereignty, they voted for our fisherman, they voted for our farmers, they voted for our steel industry, they voted for our NHS, they voted to make our own laws, they voted for borders, they voted for our rights, they voted for freedom of speech and they voted for a Greater Britain!
However, there is an assumption that all Leave voters are over 50 and, by voting Leave, took away the younger generations future. In fact, all 17,410,742 people who voted Leave restored democracy and voted to return to a sovereign nation; the younger generation should be extremely thankful.
Sovereignty and democracy was personally my main reason why I campaigned to Leave the European Union. For me, politicians should firstly be electable and therefore accountable to the electorate and secondly we must have a mechanism to remove them if we wish. In the European Union it is an out-of-sight, unaccountable, pan-European bureaucratic elite which has the final say and they do not consider Britain’s best interests. The European Parliament is no safeguard. It is a sham democracy: our MEPs are not allowed to generate or re-visit existing legislation. They can only vote on decisions made by unelected Commissioners and, even then, their vote can be ignored. Our elected Westminster politicians are impotent. They pretend to have the power to influence in European matters, but actually they have none.
The tentacles of the EU stretch into almost every area of our national life. The EU has complete control over British financial services, fishing, farming, energy and trade. It dictates UK business, employment legislation and immigration rules. It seeks greater control over our law enforcement services, our foreign affairs and tax policy. There is significant momentum behind plans for a EU-wide army and police force. The EU ‘shares’ responsibility with us for many other policy areas including; animal welfare; consumer protection; public health; space programmes; social policy; humanitarian aid and vocational training, to mention but a few.
Back in 1972, we were told we were joining a ‘common market.’ What we actually joined was a supranational political union. We have lost our rights of self-government in the stealth creation of a United States of Europe, which has its own flag, national anthem, parliament, central bank, court of justice, a vast civil service, and fledgling military and police forces.
After years of campaigning and months of touring the country spreading the Vote Leave slogan of “Take Back Control” my dream has become a reality. In the early hours of June 24th after 27+ hours of being awake I broke down into tears after hearing that 17,410,742 British People had taken the decision to defy the Westminster establishment and embraced my vision of an independent self-governing nation. Each and every single one off those voters had seen straight through the project fear and vast scaremongering used by the other side that had chosen to clinch the positive message the Leave side had and had made June 24th Independence Day.