2015 – 057 EU Referendum – What Are We Voting For?

EU Referendum – What Are We Voting For?
One of the key issues in the upcoming referendum will be understanding what we are actually voting for. There have been endless analyses about what a Brexit would mean, so voters should have a reasonable picture of what exit entails, if they avoid the scaremongering and propaganda. However, as yet, nobody has framed what a vote to stay in the EU means.

The stated aim of nearly every member of the EU, and the European Commission, is for “ever-closer political union”, with the ultimate goal of a United States of Europe. Does that mean we are voting to be a part of a federal Europe?

Whether or not the voters think they are giving British politicians a mandate for a federal Europe may not matter, as no government is going to subject itself to a never ending series of referendums each time a new treaty change is proposed.

To this end, simply framing the argument as: ‘Yes’ means status quo, and ‘No’ means Brexit and change, is somewhat disingenuous.

Whichever way we vote we will get change. If we vote to stay in the EU, we will see a continued push for federalisation of the union and EU officials will use the UK vote to accelerate this process, seeing it as a roadblock removed. If we vote for Brexit, we’ll see the exact opposite — all of the powers ceded to the EU will be returned to the UK.

The choice people face then is stark: do they want to live in an self governing country (the UK), or do they want to live in a federal state, where the UK is but one small insignificant part?

Either choice is valid, but it behoves those leading the debate to frame it correctly and fully inform the public what their vote means.

2 responses to “2015 – 057 EU Referendum – What Are We Voting For?

  1. Good post, Peter. I frame the referendum as a yes or no to continued European dictatorship. The EU is not a democracy.

    A good poster for the ‘No’ campaign would put a red mark through ‘EU’ in the referendum question and add ‘European dictatorship’ instead. This would have an instant impact.

    Another poster might say ‘It’s not the economy, stupid. It’s democracy versus European dictatorship. Vote No’.

    I think the Europrobe pamphlet ‘Brave New Europe’ can be made a key text in the forthcoming referendum, particularly Peter Mandelson’s “…the democratic experiment in Europe has failed. We must now move on to the post-democratic society.” Put this on a poster too, adding ‘Vote No to the EU”s ‘post-democratic society!’ This would have huge impact.

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