A lot has changed since the UK joined the “Common Market” in the 1970s when the British people were told it was all about trade with our European neighbours.
However, instead of concentrating on trade and co-operation, the UK is now locked into the ever closer political union of the European Union (EU), with precious little democratic accountability.
The EU is fast becoming a European State, where Britain has to obey directives and regulations that British people have never voted for and never would. The House of Commons Library has estimated that over 60% of our laws start in Brussels – nearly all decided by the 28 unelected EU Commissioners.
For a while now the UK’s trade with the EU has been falling, whilst our trade with the rest of world has increased and would grow even more were it not for the fact that being a member of the EU prevents us from making our own trade agreements, even with Commonwealth nations.
And to top it all, we are obliged to pay £billions a year to the EU – £11.4bn net (£19.1bn gross) in 2014 – money that could be better spent on our own public services, like the NHS or our schools. This figure is likely to balloon even more in years to come.
Finally, we need to regain control of our UK borders. I believe we have hugely benefitted from migration, but we should be able to choose who we allow into our country. So this important vote is also about our national security and trying to reduce the ever-growing pressure on our public services – especially the NHS, schools and housing.
Over the next few weeks, I, alongside many volunteers from all different political persuasions will be delivering our message of hope for the future of our country outside of the undemocratic EU. If you can help in any way, perhaps by delivering a few leaflets locally, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to offer your help.
Having served as your Member of Parliament for six years, I am today more convinced than ever that it is in the UK’s long-term interest to leave the EU. The good news is that you now have a chance to have YOUR say and restore Britain’s right to make our own decisions, spend our own money on our own priorities and to do what is best for the UK.
So I ask you to please use your vote to VOTE LEAVE.
Nigel Adams MP
You can read Nigel’s initial statement about his decision to support the campaign to Leave here.