Brexit: Better Off OUT!!!
By: Samiya Mobeen
I know for a fact that on the 23rd of June, we’re all expected to stroll down to the nearest polling station and make our vote on whether to stay in the EU or make our leave. I also know for a fact that many of us are having trouble deciding on what choice to make. I’m not saying it’s the choice you should make, but here’s why I think we should leave.
Firstly, leaving the EU would immediately result in very beneficial cost savings for the UK as the country would no longer have to pay a membership fee. According to “ Full Fact”, last year alone Britain paid in £13bn but only received back £4.5bn worth of spending resulting in UK’s net contribution to be £8.5bn; that’s about 7% of what the government spends on the NHS each year. Think about what Britain could do with this money if only it pursued to leave the EU and build a stronger economy for itself. So, if the UK did leave the EU, its gross cost would work out to be £350m a week leaving billions of pounds that would become available for other priorities which Britain- not a private sector in Brussels- will decide.
Talking about private sectors, did you know that 2/3 of our laws are made by the EU. This means that more than 1/2 of our laws are made by people we didn’t elect or know- we don’t even know how they make our laws. In fact, the British government has repeatedly been outweighed on the majority of cases they have brought to the EU by 65% of votes against or more.Therefore, leaving the EU is the only way for Britain to regain full sovereignty. Anyway, who says that Britain won’t be bound from other countries if it regained full power – that’s where we can still keep in contact with some decisions and other countries through NATO, the UN and the world trade organization.
Thirdly, by leaving the EU we will not only gain control over our laws, but we will also be able to gain supreme control over our borders, in turn, increasing security and I’m not the only one to believe so. Work and Pensions secretary Ian Duncan Smith says that we are leaving the “door open” to terrorist attacks by remaining in the EU. If Brussels can’t keep terrorists out of their own country, how do they pose to do that for ours? Furthermore, by leaving the EU, we will be able to determine who enter and leaves our borders- currently, due to the supremacy of EU courts, it is hard to deport violent criminals from our country; failure to be able to control our own borders to at least this extent endangers our people and is a betrayal to this country. Plus, it won’t be only terrorist crossing our borders but immigrants too! A survey in 1995 and 2011 showed that immigration cost the UK £95bn to control. Was this not a let down from the EU considering that their target to reduce 300,000 worth of immigrants a year to 100,000 failed? Or that they didn’t let us control our own borders? I’m sure you have noticed that the UK is now increasingly being overrun by immigrants as well as illegal immigrants- in fact, in the last past 15 years more than ½ of Britain’s population has been made up of immigrants. So, you see, we’re better off leaving the EU to prevent further strain on our country due to the fear of terrorism and the uncontrollable movement of immigrants through our borders.
Also, by stopping the rapid growth of a population- by controlling immigration- we are opening new doors of industry. When there is less regulation in workplaces more jobs are created making up for any loss with the process of leaving the EU. These jobs would be paid higher wages due to low migration and maternity leave and holiday pay would only change if Britain wanted it to. Also, Britain would be able to renew its agriculture by developing its fisheries and farming industry. Britain currently pays more common agriculture policy (CAP) than it receives back, so leaving the EU would mean that Britain’s farms would thrive, create new jobs and become a good source of income- also, CAP wastes a lot of money on bureaucracy. The common fisheries would also be able to thrive as there would be less restriction. These new sources of income would help improve the economy and Britain will learn to be more independent: a skill sure to come useful in times of crisis.
Lastly, Britain will also be able to educate many of its young population at home helping to boost the future for a younger generation.Leaving the EU will not really affect much of our research development and education either as only 3% of total R&D spending in Britain is actually funded by the EU. Plus, by leaving the EU, the UK will be able to increase funding to science out of savings not from the EU membership. Plus, Britain could set its own immigration policy which could help track down scientists and graduates fast.
So, you see, Britain is much better off out than in. Make your choice and make a difference by voting in the EU referendum on the 23rd of June.
(Samiya Mobeen is a GCSE student from Willowfield Humanities College, London.)