Technological and economic forces are changing the world fast. EU institutions cannot cope. We have lost control of vital policies. This is damaging. We need a new relationship. What should it be?
We negotiate a new UK-EU deal based on free trade and friendly cooperation. We end the supremacy of EU law. We regain control. We stop sending £350 million every week to Brussels and instead spend it on our priorities, like the NHS and science research.
We regain our seats on international institutions like the World Trade Organisation so we are a more influential force for free trade and international cooperation.
A vote to 'leave' and a better, friendlier relationship with the EU is much safer than giving Brussels more power and money every year.
Technological and economic forces are changing the world fast. In the next 15 years over a billion people will join the world economy. New technologies are spreading such as the mobile internet, ‘the internet of things’, genetic engineering, and robotics. National, regional, and global institutions must adapt fast.
The EU is too slow to cope and is damaging Europe. It suffers low growth, high unemployment, a dysfunctional euro, and a culture that is not friendly to technology and entrepreneurs. Its regulatory system is based on a slow, broken 1950’s bureaucracy that cannot fix problems fast. For example, the Clinical Trials Directive caused severe disruption to tests of new drugs.
We need a new European institutional architecture.
First, non-Eurozone countries should stop blocking the Eurozone from doing what they want to save the euro.
Second, all European countries, in and out of the euro, should be able to trade freely and cooperate. We need regulatory systems that are very agile, easy to correct, and decentralised. Europe could work on the basis of mutual recognition of national standards combined with global standards where appropriate.
Third, it should be easier for European countries to cooperate globally on many issues, such as revolutionary technology innovation. EU institutions should stop blocking Britain from making trade deals outside Europe.
None of this requires the supremacy of EU law in Britain.
The European Commission is now planning the next EU Treaty to fix the euro’s problems. Every Treaty since the 1950s has given Brussels more power. The new Treaty is planned to take more power from EU members including power over taxes.
Our complaints will be ignored. Our politicians will give in as usual. We have repeatedly given away control in the hope of ‘influence’. The loss of control was real. The hoped for influence was a mirage.
The non-Eurozone countries are an out-voted minority inside an organisation where the Eurozone has a built-in majority and is going in the wrong direction.
Britain has lost control of many things that are fundamental to what Abraham Lincoln called ‘government of the people, by the people, for the people’. The nineteen Eurozone countries now constitute a majority in the EU that routinely outvote Britain.
Our loss of control harms public services, entrepreneurs, and taxpayers. Billions of pounds are diverted from productive investment. Our relationship with the EU is undermining prosperity, democratic accountability, and friendly international relations.
Which is safer - a vote for the permanent supremacy of EU law, or a vote to take back control?
Which is safer - 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?