David Cameron’s counterfeit EU renegotiation aimed low, achieved little, and evades the pivotal economic and constitutional arguments.
The UK should not be paying child benefit to EU migrants working here if they have left children in their home country, even if it is tailored to its cost of living.
The new system needs legislation in the European Parliament, but will apply at first only to new arrivals, and to all only from January 1st 2020.
The four-year “emergency brake” on in-work benefits for migrants lasts only seven years from 2017, but will not deter the unsustainable flow of immigration since higher pay acts as the magnet.
A member state still using its own currency can prompt a discussion about new laws which affect the eurozone and possibly itself, but cannot use any veto. Our exemption on paper from “ever closer union” does not exclude us from the practical process.
The EU would scarcely have allowed us to repatriate agricultural and fisheries policy, or to resume control of external trade negotiations.
Above all, Section 2(1) of the European Communities Act 1972, which subordinates UK law to EU law, will not be repealed. Therefore on June 23, let us emancipate ourselves from this federal structure and become again a self-governing nation, facing outward to the world, not inward to itself or to one continent.
Acting Chairman of the
Wakefield District Branch of the UK Independence Party.