As I watched our local news programme East Midlands Today this evening, I became a little frustrated at the nonsensical statements made by people who want the UK to be out of Europe. Although I haven’t fully made my mind up, I see more reasons to be in Europe rather than out as I believe we get more benefits if we are in. However, there is a lot of mis-information around, and that is not helping either cause.
One reason to leave Europe, we are told, is because of the laws we are forced to obey and that a lot of them are just plain silly. There is one major flaw with that argument, which the pro-Europe people use, yet the anti-Europe people ignore. The flaw is this:
If we trade with Europe, regardless of whether we are in or out, we have to obey EU laws!
If we stay in Europe, we get a say in how the laws are made . If we leave Europe, we don’t!
Let that sink in for a minute. If we trade with Europe, we have to obey the silly rules. We have to. Got it? We obey the rules, whether you like it or not! If we stay in Europe we can do something about those rules. Amend them, remove them, whatever. If we leave Europe, we can do nothing. So if you want to change the silly rules from Europe, we have to stay in (unless we no longer trade within the EU, which I can’t see happening).
Vote to leave Europe if you want to, but bear in mind you would still have to obey the laws you don’t like and there’s nothing you can do about it.
On the other hand, maybe we should stay in Europe, remove the silly rules, and make it a better place to live and work. What do you think?