Today we received the booklet about the referendum according to the first page of facts (?) it states that
1 The EU is our biggest trading partner, they buy 44% of everything we sell.
2 It says remaining inside guarantees our full access to the single market, leaving creates uncertainty and risk.
Are they really saying that if we leave all those companies that get UK goods and services cheap will suddenly stop trading with the UK? who buys the other 56%
3 It says that over the past decade foreign companies have invested £540 billion in the UK.
It says nothing about the amount of British companies that have been sold off to EU companies who have then cut jobs, we have hardly any British companies now.
The next page- Improving our lives
1 It states that leaving the EU would result in economic shock that would put pressure on the value of the pound which would risk higher prices of some household goods and make exporting to Europe harder and more expensive.
What household goods are we talking about here? Are they things we could produce here, sell here, no export cost, make jobs for people. So exporting will become more expensive, if people want the goods they will paid the extra for them. There would be nothing stopping the UK putting up the taxes and making exporting to here more expensive. It cuts both ways.
2. Millions of UK citizens travel abroad every year, roaming charges will be dropped, EU membership also gives UK citizens travelling in other EU countries the right to access to free or cheaper public healthcare. some argue little would change if we left the EU. But there are guarantees UK customers would keep these benefits.
If you can afford to travel abroad you can afford to pay for an insurance to cover healthcare, I am sorry if that sounds hard, likewise people from other EU countries who visit here would have to pay for treatment helping out the fast declining NHS. As for the mobile roaming charges, just use your phone less. As far as the last statement there’s no guarantee that they will lose them either.
The next page – What Happens if we leave
- leaving would create years of uncertainty and potential economic disruption, this would reduce investment and cost jobs. It will take 10 years to unpick our relationship with the EU and renegotiate.
Really 10 year, why 10 years.
2 No other country has managed to secure significant access to the single market without having to,
follow EU rules over which they have no say
pay into the EU
accept EU citizens living and working in their country
Now this confused me I thought we did pay into the EU and we did have EU citizens living and working here?!
Next – Controlling immigration and securing our borders
It states that the UK is not part of the EU’s border control which gives us the right to check everyone. The government has negotiated a deal that will make our benefits system less of a draw for EU citizens. some argue that leaving the Eu would give us more freedom to limit immigration. But in return for the economic benefits of access to the EU’s single market, non EU countries have to accept the right of all EU citizens to live and work in their country.
So if we left we would still be able to check people at the borders, nothing changes there. If leaving means we can’t stop EU citizens from moving here to live, nothing changes there either.
The last pages say
That for every £1 tax paid in tax a little over 1p goes to the EU
OK said like that it doesn’t sound a lot, but it works out to billions of pounds that could be spent here.
So as suspected the booklet leans towards scare tactics, it’s now heading for the recycle-bin, I consider it a waste of taxpayers money. I would have found a booklet that gave both sides of the argument better, in fact, the fact that only one side has been published makes me think they are scared that we will vote to leave.
Now I am not clever, so I would love to hear your opinions on the matter.
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