I read Joe Boot’s article with interest, but I’m afraid I’m still unconvinced by his case for “Brexit”. He argues that so much of the “Remain” case boils down to the economy and that money should not be our primary motivator, but that’s misleading. We must be concerned about the health and well-being of our fellow citizens. If Britain votes to Leave, many thousands of jobs will be lost, the nation will be plunged into another recession and those who will suffer the most will be the poorest, most vulnerable in our society. They will face welfare cuts as the state will no longer be able to afford the vital safety net that keeps so many from destitution. Is this really what we want? Why would we vote for to hurt ourselves and our fellow-citizens, just to recapture the illusion of British supremacy?
As with other Brexiteers, Boot’s arguments are long on “what ifs” and broad sweeping generalisations about “control”, but there are very few, if any, examples, of where EU membership has compromised Britain and forced through laws that are anti-Christian. It was the UK Parliament that voted on “gay marriage” and, actually, the fact many other EU countries, especially in the Eastern bloc, are more morally conservative than Britain is surely a plus point.
There was no discussion about security – Putin’s motives in trying to divide and conquer Europe. No acknowledgement that the Bible advocates prudent planning and concern for one’s neighbour, which is certainly expressed in the fact that the no EU countries have warred with each other since its foundations. Conflicts in the former Yugoslavia and Eastern Ukraine are happening to nations OUTSIDE the EU where our capacity for response was more limited, though still inexcusable. Moreover, improved connections between EU nations – such as those fostered by the exchange of Erasmus students – help to solidify the bonds between our countries.
Obviously, any future attempted “power grabs” by the EU, whether compelling Britain to bail out Greece/Spain/Italy, or permit a dictatorial, Islamic Turkey to join, should be resisted. This can happen through influencing the discussion at the table, with our veto, and (should all else fail) voting in another referendum to leave. But we’re not at that stage. There are just too many benefits to being “In” and far too many risks and real, chilling consequences to being “Out”. A vote to “Leave” is final and irrevocable – I do not believe we’ve reached that nuclear option.