Just as ordinary people will find out what a colossal mistake it was to send the ‘feeble 56’ SNP MPs to Westminster, we are now seeing the ‘Sein Fein’ SNP express their love of the European Union.
If Scotland was to become independent, the SNP would take Scotland into the EU and also the currency union called the Euro.
We would become the next
Unpopular Nicola Sturgeon will be standing side by side with Prime Minister David Cameron and attempting to press for a majority vote in each country before the UK could exit.
In politics, the majority has the final say, but Sturgeon wants to ensure that if Scotland was to vote to stay in and England voted to leave, their wishes would be ignored.
Needless to say, if a majority vote to leave the EU, this will be the end of the matter and the membership.
Nicola Sturgeon says he will run a positive campaign to stay in the EU.
So, what are the disadvantages of membership?
Firstly, there is the cost aspect, the costs of EU membership to the UK is £15bn. Ukip believes this cost is higher when other factors are taken into consideration such as bureaucracy. Whatever the real figure is, there is a cost to the British taxpayer.
Secondly, we have seen how some policies in the EU haven’t been efficient such as the high percentage of EU spending goes on the Common Agricultural Policy or CAP as it is better known. That policy has distorted agricultural markets and lead to higher prices for consumers and encouraging over-supply. Remember the ‘Butter Mountain’ and the ‘wine lake’ of the latter have of the last century? Although there has been some work to reform the Common Agricultural Policy, it still comes up as a topic as because it hasn’t eliminated the wastage, that being said, there has been a reduction.
Problems of the Euro, we have seen how Greece has fared in the Euro, the country because of its economy isn’t doing well, in fact it is doing so badly that recently stories of Greek hospitals running out of supplies of essential equipment has surfaced.
Another story which caught my eye early on was that some Greek pensioners have been forced to look for food in bins. This isn’t the European dream. Greece is in limbo, to renew its self it has to leave the Euro and default on its debt, it is a drastic step to cure a drastic problem. At present the Greek Government is lacking the ability to cope in a real sense, if default is the answer, the question becomes when and not if.
The EU to encourage balancing of the books puts real pressure on countries towards austerity. Since 2008, the start of the banking crisis which saw many southern European countries faced massive pressure from the EU to pursue austerity to pay for the mistakes of others. This has led to spending cuts to meet budget deficits and prolonged economic stagnation.
Net Migration, this is seen by some as a real problem, free Movement of Labour has caused problems of overcrowding in UK cities. The idea of free movement of Labour is in need of being regulated, I have said, and I will continually say, the EU needs an internal immigration policy. The UK’s population is set to rise to 70 million over next decade; this will have a knock on effect to push up house prices, increase burdens of the State functions such as councils and hospitals, and led to congestion on roads.
No country can continue growth forever, it is a myth.
The United Kingdom needs to reclaim its borders and the trend towards 70 million needs to be reversed downwards as a permanent measure. The reality of EU membership is that the UK is powerless to prevent large scale immigration because EU rules allow free movement of labour.
Unpopular Nicola Sturgeon and ‘Sein Fein’ SNP wants to increase Scotland’s immigration by about a million people, this would be a disaster.
The EU is famous for red tape, red tape is a burden on business, although some of the rules brought in are essentials, I don’t favour making law purely on the basis of having something to do, just as law making is important when needed, the removal of law is an aspect rarely commented on. It is argued with some justification that the EU has created extra layers of bureaucracy whilst taking away decision making process further from local communities.
Although Sturgeon will push for a “double majority” to be included in the vote that would mean all four nations of the UK must back withdrawal before exit is possible, she won’t get it. The SNP see the EU referendum as a device to push for another independence vote if the majority in the UK vote to leave. They will play silly games, they will huff and puff but in the end they will be shut out of all decision making and will not influence the vote, the legislation, the franchise or the timetable.
On the issue of democracy and the people’s right to express their views on the EU, Nicola Sturgeon said:
“I don’t think it is desirable to hold an in-out referendum on membership of the EU”.
Her view is that we should have the right to vote in a referendum if it is something she wants to have enacted.
Labour in the shape of Harriet Harman dropped its opposition to the referendum at the weekend in recognition of the general election result.
The Labour Party will run its own campaign against withdrawal, with the Liberal Democrats but not with the Tories, it seems that it will be David Cameron and Nicola Sturgeon joined at the hip as SNP usually vote alongside the Tories in Parliament anyway.
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie accused Sturgeon of using her tradition approach to anything, grudge and grievance.
“I know Nicola Sturgeon wants independence for Scotland but she should stop quibbling about Europe. The SNP need to get on with making the positive case for Europe rather than using it to enhance the chances of independence for Scotland. If she is passionate about the UK remaining in the European Union, she should throw her full support behind the campaign. Europe is good for jobs, trade, workers and consumer rights and so much more so I hope the SNP will join is in a cross-party campaign to keep us in Europe.”
Interestingly, the people who make the strong case for staying in the EU mostly come from the political classes whose people make a very good living out of the EU setup, this contrasts rather sharply from the lives of ordinary working class people who stand in line at food banks.
One thing is certain, regardless of which way the vote goes, the EU will certainly have to be reformed to a new setup.
I doubt that France and Germany will be willing to take that step unless a crisis forces them to re-invent it towards a trading block. Already Hollande and Merkel have tighten their grip and rule out EU treaty change, they want more political union and more control of other member states.
George LairdThe Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University