Reasons given for voting ‘Leave’:

1) Sovereignty

Hello? We have Parliament, House of Lords and a Queen. You think the EU controls our sovereignty?

* “Parliamentary sovereignty is a principle of the UK constitution. It makes Parliament the supreme legal authority in the UK, which can create or end any law. Generally, the courts cannot overrule its legislation and no Parliament can pass laws that future Parliaments cannot change.”

2) Immigration

We don’t seem to mind it if they are footballers come over to play for our favourite clubs.
We don’t seem to mind it if they are fruit picking or any of the other jobs we don’t want to do.
We didn’t mind it in 1939 when the Polish came over and joined the RAF to fight Hitler.

*Even after voting out it has been revealed that we would still have to have free movement of people and thus will not be in control of our boarders.

3) NHS

£350 Million to the NHS? Someone get Boris a calculator he seems to be having a problem with his sums.
The NHS is struggling. Not with the immigrants but in general. As a country wide organisation it can control to a certain extent the price it pays for equipment and drugs but even with this the cost is going up. More people attend A&E instead of relying on their GP. The grant given to Nurses for training was scrapped in 2015 as part of the Spending Review leading to fewer trained medical staff.

*Most NHS Trusts are approaching other countries to recruit staff including the EU and Philippines (See Immigration above.)

**Did you know that 41% of the funding for cancer research comes from the EU?

4) Terrorism

Not actually heard of terrorists coming from the EU.

5) Fisheries

Tricky one.

There was an EU law that meant a proportion of catch was thrown back into the sea. Thanks to a campaign by River Cottage aficionado, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall this law was overturned in 2013. His website is:

Meanwhile here is an article on Nigel Farage’s record whilst he was supposed to be in Europe protecting Fishing rights:…/farage%E2%80%99s-voting-reco…

I’ll further direct you to this interesting blog post:…/ukip-fish-and-ivo…

6) Bureaucracy

Can’t get away from this one. Unfortunately the EU is made of 28 countries and has to balance the needs of them all. There isn’t really any difference between them and the UK Parliament when it comes to red tape, or even your local council for that matter.

7) Protest Vote

There are ways to contact your MP. There are social networking sites you can use to join in with debates. You can even email the PM. Using your voice in this way may mean that you’ll be heard as opposed to say wasting a vote in a referendum that means other people in the country are going to suffer for it.

8) Not about racism

I’ve heard this a lot. Like seriously every other excuse has been broadcast and in the end they add on this caveat. We totally get it you are not a racist. You don’t avoid anybody who is from Europe or a different colour to you. You don’t make excuses for why you don’t have anything to do with them. You don’t have to explain yourself. Certainly not that you read the tabloid press fervently and believe that a wave of people are going to descend any minute and steal jobs, wives, benefits, your NHS, … That you watch all those sensationalist tv shows that tell us immigrants get everything handed to them as soon as they show up in the airport.

9) Trade

Now we can trade freely with other countries.
Which countries were you thinking of? Apparently according to one person we’re supposed to now start trading with the rest of the Commonwealth. I’m sure they are surprised that we already do!

I found a lovely website that explains it better than I can.…/

10) EU make all our laws.

Hey, I typed that without laughing my head off.

It was reported that the EU makes up 75% of our laws. This is incorrect and stems from a quote by Viviane Reding, a European Commissioner from Luxembourg.

“I don’t know if it’s 80% or 75%. The truth is most laws applied, executed, implemented at national level are based on European laws.”

The EU passes many laws but not all of them apply to Britain. Some of them are wrapped up in British laws which as you know have to go through Parliament. A proposed new law is called a bill. Bills must be agreed by both Houses of Parliament and receive Royal Assent from the Queen before they can become Acts of Parliament which make our law. Some of the current Bills going through are here:

This website tells you how the EU drafts a law.…/decision-making/procedures/index_en.htm


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