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« on: April 19, 2016, 10:21:08 AM »


The government leaflet on the referendum is a document full of lies and deceit, which can be illustrated by the statement therein which claims:-

The UK is a strong, independent nation.




The government leaflet urging us to vote to stay in the EU is full of lies and deceit designed to put Britain’s membership of the EU in a positive light.

Page 1 An important decision for the UK

“The UK has “secured” a special status in a reformed EU:

NOT TRUE; Leading EU figures have confirmed time and again that Cameron’s so-called

“reforms” are NOT legally binding. They are not therefore “secured” at all. In addition, the “reforms” Cameron re-negotiated were criticised by many UK politicians and commentators as being virtually worthless.

 We will not join the euro 

There is NO guarantee that the UK will not be made to join the euro at a later date.

 We will keep our own border controls

What this means that the UK will be able to prevent immigrants from the Commonwealth (descendants of those who fought and died for us during two world wars) and the rest of the world. The UK can do NOTHING to stop 508 million EU citizens from living in the UK. Even worse, millions of migrants moving to the EU have an AUTOMATIC right to move anywhere in the EU, including the UK, after they have lived in the EU for 5 years.

 The UK will not be part of further European political integration NOT TRUE as this is not legally binding as stated above.

 There will be tough new restrictions on access to our welfare system for new EU migrants

This will apply for only 4 years! In addition, migrants come to the UK for the higher wages not, in the main, for benefits. 

 We have a commitment to reduce EU red tape

This is another airy-fairy promise which has little or no chance of being implemented. As Lord Lawson has pointed the acquis communautaire is part of the EU’s DNA. It will never ever allow any reduction of its powers to control its members.  It is ludicrous to imagine that in a club of 28 nations each nation has its own rules.

Page 3 A stronger economy

NOT TRUE; The UK has a national debt of nearly £1.7 trillion. Osborne has been totally unable to eliminate the annual deficit which still runs at about £90 billion/annum.

 The EU is by far the UK’s largest trading partner. EU countries buy 44% of everything we sell abroad

So the fact is that the rest of the world is our largest trading partner with 56% of everything we sell abroad!

(REF 1. For a briefing on our trade with the EU see my note UK – EU Trade: The Myth

Exposed on  Remaining inside the EU guarantees our full access to its single market.

True BUT what this statement implies is a LIE, as it gives the impression that we would NOT necessarily have access to the single market after BREXIT. In fact, every country in the world already has full access to the single market as Appendix 1 of Ref 1 proves.  By contrast, leaving creates uncertainty and risk.

SCAREMONGERING. Leaving the EU enables the UK to open up trade deals with ALL 197 countries in the world, not just the 27 in the EU customs union which is rapidly reducing in effectiveness. Staying in creates uncertainty and risk as the UK has NO control over EU decisions (it has failed to overturn EU decisions in 70 out 70 cases so far). Furthermore, the economies of the PIIGS are in dire straits and the UK is liable to


bail them out when they collapse again. This is an outrageous mis-representation of the most probable consequences of staying in or leaving.

 The EU’s single market has 500 million customers.

SO WHAT! The Commonwealth has well over 2 billion customers and the rest of the world has over another 5 billion customers. In any case the figure of 500 million customers is wrong as it includes the UK population which would exist if we were in the EU or not. 

 The Single Market makes it easier and cheaper for UK companies to sell their products outside the UK …….

NOT TRUE. In 2014 the cost to the UK economy of being in the EU was estimated to be £185 billion. This must be seen as an overhead on the whole of the UK’s activities particularly exports to countries outside the EU. As to making it easier and cheaper: even the government has admitted in this leaflet that they need to reduce EU red tape, see above. These statements contradict each other.

 …. creating jobs as a result.

NOT TRUE. The EU has cost Britons untold numbers of jobs. Uncontrolled immigration has allowed millions of low paid workers into the country denying Britons employment and reducing wage levels as well. The EU has physically cost us thousands of jobs in the fishing industry and engineering. The lack of support to the steel industry due to EU rules is just the latest example.

 Being inside the EU also makes it more attractive for companies to invest in the UK, meaning more jobs.

NOT TRUE. See the report “Where’s the insider advantage?” by Michael Burrage, published by Civitas. This analysis confirms that “There is NO case that EU membership is good for UK exports or for foreign direct investment”. The government is lying yet again in this statement.

Page 4 Over 3 million UK jobs are linked to exports to the EU

This is another statement designed to give a false impression. At least they are not claiming that the jobs depend on being in the EU as Blair, Clegg and many others have done in the past! However, by their own figures it means that 27 million UK jobs have NOTHING to do with exports to the EU. Yet ALL 30 million or so UK jobs are subject to the EU’s red tape and the £185 billion/annum overhead of being in the EU. Hence OUT of the EU our economy can grow much faster as we a) will not have to give our money to our competitors in the EU and b) will be able to eliminate or substantially reduce the £185 billion/annum overhead cost of being in the EU.

Page 5 Improving our lives

 Cost of living

….put pressure on the value of the pound…..risking higher prices ….

This is likely to have a very short term effect. It also ignores the real facts. Our standard of living would rise after Brexit as the EU already charges UK householders up to an extra £1,000/year to pay, out of their taxed take home pay, for the CAP, VAT and EU green levies on our energy costs. Double taxation over which we have no say or control. In addition, it costs all householders an extra £500 to pay for the UK’s contribution to the EU’s budget. After Brexit we can import cheaper goods from the Commonwealth and elsewhere further reducing our cost of living.

 Travel abroad

 None of these examples depend on our membership of the EU as they can all be  negotiated separately with the EU after Brexit. Remember EU citizens travelling to the  UK want these benefits as well!


Page 6 If the UK voted to leave the EU, the resulting economic shock would risk higher prices of some household goods

SCAREMONGERING. UK householders ALREADY pay nearly £1,000/annum to the EU to pay for the CAP, VAT and green levies on their energy bills. Out of the EU the UK can import cheaper goods from the Commonwealth and the rest of the world. 

Page 7 What happens if we leave?

Typical government scaremongering in the extreme including outright LIES.

 …10 or more years of uncertainty….

 This has never been justified by the government. What IS CERTAIN is that

 staying IN the EU will result in uncertainty for the rest of our lives as:-


 …less than 8% of EU exports come to the UK while 44% of UK exports go to the  EU.  Nevertheless the UK is the EU’s largest importer of EU goods and services. Since 1973  the current accumulated value of UK trade with the EEC/EU has cost us a DEFICIT of  over £1 trillion. With youth unemployment at nearly 60% in Spain and Greece, 41% in  Italy and 36% in Portugal the EU simply cannot afford to lose its trade with the UK.

 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

 OUTRIGHT AND DISGRACEFUL LIES Appendix 2 of the note referred to above shows  that out of the top 35 fastest exporting countries to the 11 founding members of the  EU’s single market the UK (the EU’s second highest contributor of net funds) came 28th.

 Only 9 of the countries above the UK had a trade deal with the EU. Only Norway and  Switzerland were in EFTA/EEA and they were the only two countries which had to  comply with the statements above and they came 25th and 23rd respectively.

 …. Canada’s deal with the EU ….has been 7 years in the making and is still not in force.  This proves yet again that the EU is not able to negotiate trade deals with  foreign  countries successfully as it has to have them agreed by all 28 countries in the EU. The  UK could negotiate more beneficial trade deals with foreign countries much quicker on  its own.

Page 9 Controlling Immigration and securing our borders

 …. we control our own borders which gives us the right to check everyone ..

 But NOT the right to stop them if they have an EU passport or are immigrants who have  lived in the EU for more than 5 years. In addition, the ECHR has prevented the UK from  deporting 900 criminals.

 …. Make our benefits system less of a draw for EU citizens …

 Jobless EU citizens come here for UK pay where the minimum wage is £254/week. In  Romania it is £55/week and in Bulgaria £49/week.

 …in return for ….access to the single market … non EU countries … such as  Norway … have to accept the right of all EU citizens to live and work in their  country.

 ANOTHER OUTRAGEOUS LIE. Every country in the world already has access to the  single market as proved by Appendix 1 of my note referred to above. Out of the top 35


 countries on the list ONLY Norway has to accept free movement of EU citizens. This is  an OUTRAGEOUS LIE.

 Keeping us safer

 There is absolutely NO reason why intelligence cannot still be shared between the EU  countries and the UK after Brexit. UK intelligence agencies are amongst the best in the  world. It would be more in the EU’s interests to maintain intelligence co-operation with  the UK after Brexit. This is another example of misleading scaremongering by the  government.

 EU cooperation makes it easier to keep criminals and terrorists out of the UK.  ANOTHER OUTRAGEOUS LIE. The chief of EU police Interpol has estimated that there  are at least 5,000 jihadists at loose in the EU. ALL of them can come to the UK on EU  passports and we would not know them or even be  able to keep them out if we did.

 The European Arrest Warrant …

 The EAW is a nightmare. It has effectively torn up our cherished Magna Carta and the  quicker we get away from the EU “justice” system where everyone is guilty until proved  innocent the better. There is absolutely NOTHING to prevent the UK and the EU co- operating on terrorism and extradition of suspects after Brexit and it will cost us an awful  lot less!

Page 14 The UK is not part of the European border-free zone. We control our own borders.

 NOT TRUE. We do NOT control immigration from 440 million EU citizens or millions of  new migrants into the EU who have the right to come here after 5 years. Turkey joining  the EU will open the door to ANOTHER 75 million possible immigrants to the UK. 

Page 15 The benefits of EU membership

 … the EU exists to promote economic security, peace and stability.

 The EU exists mainly to form its main objective a United States of Europe. The UK will  be abolished and will become a part of this new “empire”. The Westminster parliament  will be neutered and all major decisions will be made by un-elected bureaucrats in


 The UK has secured a special status in the EU.

 Rubbish. The so called special status is relatively meaningless as the EU still controls all  the areas it did before and we still have to pay vast sums to the EU.

 The UK has kept the pound will not join the euro and has kept control over our  borders.

 All meaningless statements as the UK has ABSOLUTELY NO CONTROL OVER EU


 For every £1 paid in tax, a little over 1p goes to the EU.

 Apart from that, being in the EU costs our economy about £185 billion/annum about  11% of GDP and this figure does not include large capital costs due to EU regulations  such as the unnecessary EU water directives which cost the UK £48 billion. It also does  not allow for liabilities due to the collapse of other EU countries finances and banking  systems. Currently Greece, will need another bail-out soon and France has been  described as “the biggest problem in the Eurozone” by German officials. There is the  also the staggering cost due to EU pensions which are not being funded adequately,  particularly in France and Germany. This will entail our descendants working all their


 lives to support many millions of EU pensioners. The government  comment  conveniently ignores all our financial liabilities due to our remaining in the EU.

 Opportunities for you and your children

 There is NO reason why UK citizens will be barred from going to live, work or study in  the EU after Brexit. EU citizens will still be allowed to come to the UK, but under  controlled conditions.

 It also guarantees many employment rights.

 Why do we have to give the EU a fortune to guarantee employment rights? We are  supposed to have a government in Westminster that was supposed to pass laws which  benefited the UK population. We do NOT need foreigners to do this for us.

 The UK is a strong, independent nation.


 The EU magnifies the UK’s ability to get its way ….

 Rubbish. The UK has failed 70 times out of 70 to get the EU to change its decisions.  The UK only has a 12% vote in EU decisions which will reduce further when Turkey  joins the EU.

 The EU helped prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons: and is leading the world  on climate change.

 So What? That still does NOT explain why we HAVE to be a member of it!

Page 16 EU membership brings economic security, peace and stability

 Like belonging to a club of nations most of which are bankrupt with colossal debts,  whose share of the world economy is drastically reducing, where riots are common  place, and which is flooded with immigrants  including at least 5,000 jihadists who can all  come to the UK any day they like when they get EU passports. Remember it took only 2  or 3 terrorists to blow  up Brussels airport and the Paris metro station. How much  damage can 5,000 do to the UK?

 J Wraith  19th April 2016

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