10 Reasons to Vote Leave

This is 1 of a 2 part series. Click here to view our 10 Reasons to Vote Remain.

1. Democracy

You believe that by leaving the EU… the British electorate will reclaim the power to elect and hold accountable the politicians who set policy and law for the UK.

You realise that the EU’s Parliament is democratically elected, but don’t believe that the UK should share its democracy with 27 other nations. You recognise that Ministers who sit on the Council of the EU have been democratically elected, but don’t believe British interests should be able to be overridden by a qualified majority of Ministers from other nations. You object to the unelected European Commission having the sole right to propose new laws, and believe low voter turnout in EU elections undermines the democratic legitimacy of the EU.

2. Sovereignty

You believe that by leaving the EU… the European Court of Justice (ECJ) will no longer be able to exert authority over British courts, British law, and British Parliament.

You realise that UK Parliament sometimes delegates law-making responsibilities to other bodies and institutions – but you believe UK Parliament should hold the power to overturn any law, and it should not be forced to accept new laws issued by the EU. You also believe that the UK should not be legally bound to accept rulings of the European Court (ECJ).

3. Economic opportunity

You believe that by leaving the EU… the UK would continue to trade with EU countries, would be in control of its own trade policy and be able to explore new trading opportunities with the other nations of the world.

You realise there is a risk of the EU erecting trade barriers if the UK leaves the EU and The Single Market, but believe EU members and the UK would continue to trade with each other because it is in the mutual interest.  You recognise that outside the EU and The Single Market the UK won’t benefit from future EU trade opportunities such as trade deals with Canada, Japan and the USA, or benefit from an emerging ‘Single Market for Services’.  You believe it is businesses and consumers who decide who to buy from – not politicians. and that as the 5th largest economy and a net importer, the UK would be able to strike its own trade deals – and would be an attractive trade partner for all countries.

4. Immigration

You believe that by leaving the EU… the UK will be able to decide who, and how many people have the right to enter the UK to live and work.

You realise that the UK already has a points-based system to regulate entry of non-EU citizens – and believe this should also apply to EU citizens. You recognise immigration is considered to have economic benefits, but believe that excessive levels puts pressure on social housing provision, public services, social cohesion, and sense of community. You recognise that EU countries are likely to counter any restrictions on EU citizens by applying similar controls to UK citizens seeking to live and work in the EU.  You realise that “free movement” is a requirement for full participation in the The Single Market, and therefore there is a trade-off between economic security and exercising control over EU immigration.  Nonetheless you believe that leaving the EU is the only way the UK will ever have control over its immigration policy.

5. Regulations & Red Tape

You believe that by leaving the EU… the UK will be able to prescribe its own regulatory framework that works for British businesses and employees.

You realise that in order to trade with The Single Market, those businesses have to comply with the regulations of The Single Market – as they would for other foreign markets. You also realise many regulations are necessary and exist to protect workers’ rights, the environment and consumer safety; and that it would take time to identify and remove those that are determined as spurious and unnecessary.

6. Cost savings

You believe that by leaving the EU… the UK will be able to save money, re-prioritise spending.

You realise that the net cost of EU membership to the UK in 2015 was £8.5 billion (out of a gross contribution of £18 billion), and believe that money allocated to funding the EU and its programs could be better spent on UK priorities – under the control of UK parliament. You realise that it may take time to reclaim full control over this proportion of the UK budget, to realise savings, and for the Government to determine how to prioritise spending in the best interests of the UK.

7. Influence

You believe that by leaving the EU… the UK could exert its own direct influence on the world stage.

You realise that the EU itself is a powerful force in world affairs, but believe by representing the interests of 28 countries it can’t always act in the best interests of the UK. You believe that the UK is better off representing itself at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and ensuring it maintains a strong role in NATO, the UNSC, the OECD, G8 and other global organisations.

8. Fishing & Agriculture

You believe that by leaving the EU… the UK could take back control of its own fisheries and agricultural policies.

You realise that subsidies and funding are important interventions necessary for creating a stable food supply, ensuring animal welfare, protecting the environment and for assisting rural economies – but believe the UK is in a better position to manage such interventions. You realise the purpose of the EU’s fisheries policy is to conserve fish stocks and provide equal access, but you think the UK should have rights over its own waters, and is capable of working with other fishing areas to ensure sustainability.

9. Security

You believe that by leaving the EU… the UK and other EU countries will continue to cooperate on matters of international security, and the UK could take steps to improve its own border security.

You realise that the EU offers measures designed to promote intelligence sharing and apprehend criminals; however believe that any measures considered to be of ongoing mutual benefit would continue. You also understand that known EU criminals can be prevented from entering the UK, but believe the UK should have the final say on when and why it can deport criminals.

10. European Integration

You believe that by leaving the EU… the UK will be permanently outside the EU’s drive for deeper integration, and protected from its problems.

You are aware that the UK has robust protections against being compelled to join the Euro or the borderless Schengen area, but believe that the EU has scope within its existing competences to extend the demands it can place on the UK. While you accept the UK is unlikely to join the Euro, you believe problems in the eurozone still affect the UK via higher EU contributions and encouraging immigration from eurozone countries. You also believe it will be difficult for the UK to continuously opt-out of deeper political and economic integration, whilst the other members of the EU continue along that path.


This is 1 of a 2 part series. Click here to view our 10 Reasons to Vote Remain.

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David Francies
David Francies
4 years 10 months ago

Vote leave it’s the only way now