Page Four: The UK-EU Balance Sheet

A vote to remain is the riskier option

A vote to 'remain' is not a vote for the status quo. There is no status quo.

Over the past decade Britain paid over £150 billion to the EU budget. We send about £350 million to Brussels every week. This is about half the English schools budget, four times the Scottish schools budget, four times the science budget, and about 60 times what we spend on the NHS cancer drugs fund.

If we vote to ‘remain’, it is a vote for the permanent payment to Brussels of all this money. It will get worse. UK taxpayers will be paying for the huge bills caused by the euro’s crisis. All this money could be better spent on the NHS, schools, and fundamental science research.

A vote to 'remain' means the permanent supremacy of EU law with all this involves for our prosperity and democratic government.

It means permanent EU control over migration policy.

It means permanent EU control over important aspects of how public services work, including the rules on hospital building, privatisation, and procurement (see the 2012 disaster over rail franchises that cost taxpayers over £50 million).

Many of these EU rules help a small number of big companies but cost the taxpayer billions.

A vote to 'remain' means permanent EU control of trade.

Britain will have no power to make our own trade deals. We will have no vote at the World Trade Organisation to influence world trade negotiations.

It means that EU judges will strike down UK laws using the new Charter of Fundamental Rights. The Government promised it would have no more legal effect than ‘The Beano’. It is already being applied by the European Court. It gives EU judges far more power over Britain than the US Supreme Court has over US states.

This is not about your view on human rights. It is about whether the EU control human rights in Britain or whether the British public and courts control human rights.

A vote to 'remain' means being constantly outvoted.

The nineteen Eurozone countries now constitute a majority in the EU that can routinely outvote Britain.

We now only have 8% of the votes on vital EU decisions.

Since 1996, Britain has strongly opposed over seventy measures in the Council of Ministers. Britain has been outvoted on every occasion and every one of those measures became UK law.

A vote to leave is the safer option

If we vote to leave, we will be able to spend the £350 million we send to Brussels every week on our priorities like the NHS, schools, and fundamental science research. Many cuts would be unnecessary if we saved the money wasted on the EU.

We end the supremacy of EU law. Countries around the world trade freely and cooperate in a friendly, effective way without making EU law supreme. We too will have a new UK-EU deal based on free trade and friendly cooperation. We will carry on cooperating on all sorts of things such as scientific collaborations.

We regain legal control of things like trade, tax, economic regulation, energy and food bills, migration, crime, and civil liberties. If we vote for the people who make our trade deals and control public services, the results will be better. British voters should be able to change our laws and control our taxes by voting out politicians.

We regain the power to make our own trade deals with countries around the world.

We regain an independent voice in world trade negotiations with independent voting rights at the World Trade Organisation (unlike now).

We regain seats on other international rule-setting bodies that we’ve given away to the EU.

We use our stronger international influence to work for closer international cooperation.

We can have a fairer, more humane migration policy.

We stop the current immoral, expensive, and out of control immigration system that means an open door to the EU while blocking people who could contribute to the UK coming from non-EU countries.

We make it easier for some to come, such as scientists and job-creators, and impossible for others to come, such as convicted criminals.

If we vote to leave, we can change the agenda.

If we regain the power to control our own affairs, we can sort out our own problems. We can invest in scientific research and education so we can build new industries and technologies.

Britain would have far greater ‘influence’ if it successfully pursued an alternative national policy.

The best way to get a better deal for Britain and Europe is to vote to leave. This will force the politicians to renegotiate a new friendly deal.

Which is safer?

Which is safer - a vote for the permanent supremacy of EU law, or a vote to take back control?

A vote to keep sending hundreds of millions to Brussels every week, or a vote to put that money into scientific research and the NHS?

It is safer to take back control than to vote for the permanent supremacy of EU law.

Vote leave, take control