Letters to the Editor

These letters by two contributors to UKIP Daily shine a light on the lack of accomplishments in David Cameron’s touted re-negotiations, and explain in their own important ways why we must leave.

Torquil Dick-Erikson, who has been living in Rome for over 40 years,and, as a legal journalist, has been studying the differences between the continental and the Anglo-Saxon systems of criminal justice, takes an additional looksat the threatening legal aspects our remaining means for all of us. This letter was meant for the Daily Telegraph, where it was not published.

Sir,

Cameron’s concern with benefits etc is all very well, but as Philip Johnston has pointed out, the essence of the matter is, who holds ultimate sovereignty?  (Comment, 8/2/2016).

The question arises, when does a “European Union” become a sovereign “United State of Europe”?

In practical terms, a sovereign State is the body that holds a monopoly of the legal exercise of force over the inhabitants of a territory. If Parliament repeals the treaties unilaterally, the European Court of Justice will say this is “illegal”, but there would be nothing they could do about it. Our armed forces and police are still loyal to our “Queen in Parliament”, and so would ignore any ECJ order to “restore EU rule”.

The handle for regulating the legal use of force on citizens, against their will, is criminal law.

So we must watch closely moves by Brussels to get control of our criminal law. Back in 1998 they put forward the idea of an embryo criminal code for all Europe, Corpus Juris. This was stopped by a campaign by the Telegraph, leading to a promise by Kate Hoey, Home Office Minister at the time, to veto it, and a House of Lords Report rejecting it. The project was put aside then, but not abandoned. Its centrepiece. the European Public Prosecutor, is under construction now, and he will soon be able to issue European Arrest Warrants against Britons in Britain, sidestepping our opt-out.

All this is held in abeyance as long as there is a risk that the UK, if provoked, might leave.

But if we now vote to remain IN, we will have locked ourselves in, irrevocably. Brussels can then doubtless beef up the lethally-armed, paramilitary, centrally-commanded European Gendarmerie Force,.and deploy it in Britain.

Torquil Dick-Erikson, Rome

Simon Roberts joined the private sector and worked as manager for multi-national services companies and large UK bank after ten years in the civil service. He now runs his own company and is a Party Member since last year: previously voted Tory. He looks at n economical aspect which is vital to us:

Fishing For Accomplishments

Mr Cameron has reduced his “demands” from the EU to the smallest of cosmetic changes, all of which will be subject to approval by the European Parliament – which means that he has asked for next to nothing and won’t even be allowed to have that.

With the support of the pro-EU media and the part-EU-funded BBC, the conversation is being steered towards minutia such as benefits payments to EU immigrants and they are carefully avoiding the bigger issues.

Let’s take a quick look at one of those issues – the UK fishing industry.

According to the government’s own figures:

  • The number of UK fishermen in 2014 was approximately half what it was when we joined the EEC.
  • The tonnage of fish landed by UK boats in 2014 was slightly more than half what it was when we joined the EEC.
  • The UK was a net exporter of fish as recently as 1983, but now is a net importer to the tune of 700,000+ tons per year.

Edward Heath surrendered our fishing waters to the EU and as a result we have to share our waters with other EU countries.  Consequently, our fishing fleet has been in competition with those nations ever since.

That competition has been reinforced by EU quotas, which limit the amount of fish our boats are allowed to catch.

The government carefully avoids discussing it but, when we leave the EU, our territorial waters should be ours again – along with all the fish stocks.

This will no doubt lead to some bad feeling from the fishing fleets of the EU nations and we may find that the Royal Navy is called upon to restore our birthright by force if necessary, but surely this is a more effective use of British taxpayers’ money than patrolling the Mediterranean Sea pulling would-be German immigrants out of the water.

It’s not just the number of fishermen that would be able to return to profitable employment, all the support industries that once relied on them will flourish as well.  Who knows – the Tories may even have to stop their decimation of our armed forces in order to enforce our territorial rights.  A complete win-win situation for Britain!
Simon Roberts

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