Since the announcement of a referendum on the EU David Cameron has faced a backlash from not only his own party back benchers but also several high profile government and Conservative Party figures who all have joined the campaign to leave the European Union.
Iain Duncan Smith, Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers, Michael Gove and Boris Johnson have all gone against the PM’s decision to campaign to stay in the EU.
Some of the above and figures such as Nigel Farage and Paul Nutall will play a significant role and have a strong voice in the leave campaign.
But the issue of leaving and remaining within the EU have arguments from both the left and right of politics.
When the British public last went to vote on Europe, they were voting on the decision on whether Britain should become a part of the Common Market.
They weren’t however told that they would be voting to join an organisation that would be increasingly centred on ever closer political union.
Leaving the EU would benefit Britain greatly as we would be able to make and implement our own laws without approval from the EU.
Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg are responsible for more than half of the UK’s laws.
Democratically elected British MEP’s voted against 576 EU proposals between 2009 and 2014 but 485 still passed and became law.
The UK Government itself was taken to court no less than 23 times for failing to implement laws between 2007 and 2011.
Also the top 100 EU regulations cost the economy £33.3 billion per year. The EU has introduced over 3,500 new laws affecting British business.
Being able to pass our own laws is a right the British people deserve to have back. But voting to leave would mean voting to control our own economy and trade with the world as an independent nation.
The European Union is in economic decline. When we joined in 1973 the EEC accounted for 37% of world GDP. Today it accounts for less than 20%
And British exports to the rest of the world are growing twice as fast as the UK’s exports to the rest of the EU.
UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott, said: “We want to be able to take our democracy back.”
“We will get back the £55m a day we give to the EU which can be spent on our own economy.
“Everywhere will benefit from voting to leave. The EU had an impact on the recent closure of the steelworks in Redcar.
“North East MP’s who are voting to remain in the EU represent project fear. There has been a lot of fear over the loss of jobs at Nissan in Sunderland who have already said they would keep the factory open.”
One of the main issues is being able to take back control of our own borders.
Britain is currently obliged to accept all persons entering from Europe. regardless of their skill level.
The late Tony Benn, a well-respected politician and Labour Party activist summed up the sentiment of those in favour off a “Brexit” when he said on the EU:
“When I saw what the European Union was developing, it was very obvious what they had in mind was undemocratic.
“In Britain, you vote for the government so the government has to listen to you, and if you don’t like you change it.”