Tuesday, 11 July 2017


By Mel Cooper
(Arithmetic by Noel Hodson)

Did the men and women who painted on their campaign bus that we would get £350 million a week for the National Health Service and other good causes forget to do the maths? Did anyone on the Remain side ever do the maths? Even if the figure were true – and we all know it is vastly inflated because most of our EU contribution comes back to the UK in grants – the whole total we contribute to the EU amounts to just two-point-four percent of the annual necessary spend of the UK government on all things. Yes, folks, just 2.4% percent of the UK's annual budget will no longer be sent to the EU that will, as they promised, clearly solve all the problems of our health care system, failing pension plans, welfare bills, infrastructure expenses, and education costs, to name but a few.

After we get back all the carefully negotiated special concessions, regional grants, shared Euratom, European Space Agency, Interpol and other vital cooperative projects - less than one percent of the UK's budget is used, with our enthusiastic input, authorship and agreement over forty-years, to support the development of poorer regions of Europe; who we then trade with and export UK goods and City services to - which makes us and them wealthier. 

With that one-percent* will we re-clad hundreds of buildings that are unsafe fire hazards, renew the infrastructure of the railways, fix all the pot-holes in the land, and pay to send all the pesky refugees and migrant workers back where they belong?

That is a whole one percent of the annual UK budgets that you are not going to have to disburse to the EU, to buy our membership of a trading community, of 550 million people, that gives us: 

unfettered access to the largest, wealthiest free market in the world, 

...EU subsidies for our farmers, universities and scientists,

...and many other things, including a strong voice and influence in decisions that are being made about problems like climate change, NATO, security against terrorism and so forth.

Brexit means we do not have to put anything into a common EU pot! Clearly, being a member of the EU means we must be supporting Socialism, or even quasi-Communism. Nigel Farage says so! And Nigel Farage is an honourable man! David Davis, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove: clearly they are all honourable men! Or conspiratorial liars. 

And we may, at present under the current system, be able to go to live in other countries in Europe on a whim, with various benefits, which of course means that they must need us more than we need them, and are happy for us to bring our magnificent culture and history and powerful pounds with us; but it also means that they, those people, can come and take jobs in our country if they want to. Who needs their taxes, their money spent on rent and food and clothes and entertainment? Who needs their exotic food and ways? Who cares if the jobs of nursing, teaching, strawberry picking, house building, or serving in pubs and cafes go unfilled by Brits, who don’t like such work; as long as we don’t have to put up with all those pesky foreigners? Well, at least the UK government won’t have to start thinking about how to welcome them, receive them, help them acclimatise, teach them English, or any of that other hopeless stuff.

We really have done a clever thing voting for Brexit. We are going to get all that sovereignty back for a start; control of our borders; laws on issues like worker’s rights that we can tinker with and dilute to our heart’s content. And we don’t have to sit around in Brussels or Strasbourg any more influencing a damned thing as the EU moves forward on issues such as trying to repatriate offshore money so that it can be taxed. One estimate I have heard is that the UK could repatriate £3 trillion pounds of illicit offshore UK money and solve all its debt problems in one go. But who wants to stay in the EU and help promote Europe-wide back-tax legislation to do that?

So your vote for Brexit is a dream come true. Just ask Rupert Murdoch, Paul Dacre, the Barclay twins, and Theresa May’s husband. Well done you, voting for what they need and believing what they told you!

And of course the Remainers must stop moaning. All this Freedom of Speech is so distracting. If you ask me or some of the Brexiteers I could name, it verges on being downright unpatriotic. Brexit means Brexit means Brexit and we are leaving the EU because the referendum, as everyone knows, definitely has the force of law and is an example of the Will of the People and not a foolish, wasteful invitation to a kind of mob rule.

"Brexit means Brexit" has become a standard joke across Europe, said with a dismissive Gallic shrug, used when nobody has a clue what to do next or how to solve a problem. 

Nevertheless, one thing does sadden me. The whole issue of the dream of a united Europe, living at peace with itself, recognising a commonality of culture and brotherhood and sisterhood, legislating for the best and most humane and kind aspects of humanity and community. We are turning our back on all that, on the idea that we have some responsibility for our neighbours and friends. Well – Ayn Rand would be very proud of us and we should immediately replace every copy of the Bible in schools and hotels and in the country with a copy of The Fountainhead or Atlas Shrugged, because those texts will be our new Bible.

 *UK Budget 2016 £762 billion. £350 M per week = £18.2 billion; or 2.4%. One percent of UK Budget is £7.62 billion. UK gets back at least 2/3rds of its EU contribution - via policies that Westminster and UK MEPs have proposed and voted for.

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