When we put forward our reasons for leaving the EU, the control of our borders and control of immigration usually is the main reason.
We also talk about re-taking our sovereignty, which previous governments and especially this one, have ceded little by little to Brussels. The EAW is the most blatant example of how we’re losing our rights, rights which go back 800 years, when Magna Carta was signed.
There is one other reason which only gets attention in the communities most affected, and that is our food. Two MEPs – Stuart Agnew and Ray Finch – described at Conference the pernicious effects of EU policies on the two communities most affected: agriculture and fishing.
We have all heard of the insane EU policies which keep our ever smaller fishing fleet in harbour for most of the year, which makes them throw back perfectly good fish – that’s food we could and should eat – because of EU quotas, and we all know how other EU fleets hoover up and destroy the fishing environments in the seas surrounding our islands.
The latest EU ‘policy’, as Ray pointed out, is that sea anglers’ catches now also will be controlled by the EU. Yes, messing about in a boat and catching the odd mackerel by sticking a rod and line into the sea might soon be ‘policed’ as well.
Taking our country back also means taking our seas and fisheries back because we’d again have control over the 200-mile-exclusion zone as settled in UN treaties. With more mouths to feed thanks to the more than half a million extra mouths previous governments have let into our country, that surely is of utmost importance.
But there’s more.
Stuart illustrated the very shaky grounds on which our food security now rests, thanks to EU policies. He used a thought experiment, describing what would happen if for some reason nothing could come into our country by sea and air, for example because of a terrorist attack.
After a fashion, we’d be able to cope at the present time because there’s still enough land producing food: grain and meat.
However, if we stay in the EU then the various directives in the pipeline mean that in ten years, we’d not be able to cope at all because for example, there’d be more ‘solar farms’ taking valuable arable land and pasture out of production, the land under those ‘farms’ being lost for 25 years.
We’d not be able to produce more grain and root crops on the smaller amount of land still available because more and more pesticides and fertilisers are being banned.
We’d not be able to produce enough meat because of directives demanding cattle be fed more grains and not grass because that reduces global warming caused by methane, which is of course of the devil. That grain is of course lost to human consumption.
These are enormously important arguments for why we simply must leave the EU.
I’ll leave you with two more points which occurred to me when I listened to Stuart Agnew and Ray Finch at Conference:
- A scenario such as that described by Stuart Agnew means inevitably that government and Whitehall will have to resort to food rationing.
- Our grandparents and parents still remember what that was like – ask them!
We were a law-abiding people then – I’ll leave it to your imagination how this sort of government regulation will play in our present inner cities.
The continuing loss of our fishing fleets around our coasts means that we lose the skills which our fishermen have acquired over generations of hard and very dangerous work. Not only are we losing our own resources, we lose our skills and trades, and will become dependent on those who rob our seas, selling back to us what is ours in the first place.
In other words – this is neo-colonialism, with us being a colony of the EU.
Strong words? Perhaps.
But that’s why we want our country back – that’s why we must leave the EU!
(Ed: A lot more of the conference speeches are available online now, here)
Editor PS: Last night, I was told by Paul Gilson, South East England vice-chairman of the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations that a new cut in the EU fishing quotas for the South East means that there are now not enough allowable fish stocks to keep all of the South-East’s fishermen employed, despite gluts of some fish in some areas e.g. a massive abundance of skate in the Thames Estuary which cannot be netted.