A clean exit from the EU is absolutely essential if we are to rebuild Britain and reverse decades of destruction by the political class, which is inescapably intertwined with the European project. The British people voted for a clean exit, and not the fudge that was laid out in the Chequers proposals. The mandate is overwhelming; though most people focus on the fifty-two percent vote to Leave in the referendum, this is dwarfed by the mandate given in the General Election of 2017 in which eighty-six percent of MPs were elected on manifesto commitments to leave the EU, the Single Market and the Customs Union. Of course, as we all know, most MPs quickly abandoned those promises and once their seats were secured, the betrayal began.
The mandate to leave is a moral and a democratic one, and it is grounded in the concerns of the silent majority who don't agree with the broad national direction we have been taken down, including our integration into the EU superstate. While technocrats, the political class and the broad liberal elite are only interested in scaremongering and desperately trying to reverse democratic decisions, the ordinary people recognise that by reclaiming our sovereignty we take back the ability to address many of the problems affecting our country, and to begin to rebuild Britain.
Chief among these concerns is the issue of mass immigration. We simply cannot address this issue as an EU member state which is required to allow free movement with over two-dozen countries comprising the bulk of an entire continent. With leaders like Merkel who insist on flooding Europe with refugees (who in fact must have ceased being refugees long before they reached Europe according to the internationally accepted 1951 Convention on Refugees), we cannot have borders with any sort of integrity while we are part of the European project. The Office of National Statistics revealed that almost thirty percent of births in the UK last year were to foreign born mothers; it is little wonder that our services are overwhelmed under such enormous immigration levels, which reached a record 700,000 in one year under Theresa May's tenure as Home Secretary. We must have a clean exit from the EU and the Single Market to end this mad policy of mass immigration.
Then there is the issue of industry. The EU Single Market places our manufacturers in direct price competition with Eastern Europe, which we in Britain naturally cannot match with higher wages and production costs. It demands we open our customs and slash tariffs with third world countries with whom it signs trade deals. The EU's competition laws forbid us from supplying much basic investment to our industries, and demands that we create a level playing field for domestic and European competitors, prohibiting us for example from making state-backed bids in key industries. Our entry into the Single Market was always inescapably intertwined with our transition from a functional industrial, nation economy to a global, service sector, debt-ridden mess. We can only begin to invest in our industries and shield them from cheap foreign competition if we make a clean break from Brussels.
This ties into the wider issue of globalisation. The European project is part of the broad global trend towards a borderless world of technocratic, superstate blocks, which render the old nation state system redundant. Nobody ever voted for this; it's not something politicians have ever tried to sell to the public, and yet it's the broad trend that has defined the geopolitical landscape for the last several decades. The truth is however that people's loyalties remain to their own country; we feel for example a deep affinity and a loyalty towards Britain that we do not (and never could) for the monolithic, bureaucratic entity that is the EU.
This is significant, because a sense of national community is essential to any sort of common social endeavour to tame the power of multinational corporations and the excesses of globalisation. Consider the example of Sweden, which used to have a functional welfare state and mixed economy that gave all of its citizens a relatively good and stable quality of life, but lost this as its sense of national community and common endeavour was destroyed by mass immigration, which decimated the social peace and the common national bonds between its people. People are prepared to pool and share resources in the context of a homogenous national community in a way that they simply will not do in multicultural or multinational states. If we want to reclaim our own social peace and sense of common endeavour that was once so strong, seen for example in the nation-building years of the post-war consensus, then we must make a clean break from the EU and become a sovereign nation once again.
These matters of social unity tie into our constitutional unity, which can also only be reclaimed through a clean exit from the European superstate. The EU's regionalisation plans are enormously intertwined with the devolutionary carve-up of the United Kingdom. It was the notorious Europhile Tony Blair who introduced legislative devolution to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, which was part of his broader roll-out of a sort of UK federalisation plan, where England itself was carved up into eight regions placed under unelected "regional assemblies". These English assemblies were so pointless and costly that they were eventually scrapped, though the divisive legacy of devolution lives on in the rest of the UK. The EU is inherently opposed to strong, unitary nation states that serve as a bulwark against its power. That's why its laws and regulations further its regionalisation plan; if we are to restore the unity of the United Kingdom, we need a clean exit from the EU.
A clean exit is also essential if we are to reclaim our democracy. The British people have made it clear that they do not want to be legislated for by unaccountable bureaucrats. We have our own unitary, parliamentary constitution that is far superior to the convoluted setup at Brussels. Undoubtedly our own democracy could be improved in a way that is consistent with our traditions; for example by scrapping things like 'short money' and parliamentary expenses to tackle the culture of political careerism and bias towards the establishment parties. The important thing is that if we are to rebuild Britain, then we must have a sovereign parliament that can govern in the interests of the British people, free from European diktats.
If we are to rebuild Britain's constitutional, economic and social foundations then it is clear that a clean exit from the EU is required. We cannot continue to be involved through some sort of half-in, half-out arrangement where Brussels continues to demand we retain open borders and open competition with the European market; all the while setting our laws and regulations for us. The mandate given by the British majority was to leave; anything short of a full, clean exit would be a betrayal. If a party with the will to truly take us out of the EU can deliver, then we will take back the opportunity to rebuild our country and build a better Britain.
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