Time to exit the EU every day is one day too long.

PRESSURE on David Cameron to pull Britain out of the European Union intensified dramatically last night after Lord Lawson became the latest senior Tory to convert to the cause.
The peer, who was Margaret Thatcher’s longest-serving Chancellor, said the UK economy would be better off by the country cutting its ties to Brussels.

He later accused Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg of talking “poppycock” for suggesting that quitting the EU could cost up to three million UK jobs.

Lord Lawson’s intervention – adding to the snowballing support for the Daily Express’s crusade for Britain to leave the EU – emboldened fellow Tories to speak out. Backbencher Bernard Jenkin said the EU was “past its sell-by date”, calling Lord Lawson “absolutely right”.

And former minister Sir Gerald Howarth called for an immediate referendum on Britain’s EU membership, saying: “We need to do something now.”

Writing in yesterday’s Times, Lord Lawson welcomed Mr Cameron’s decision to hold an in/out EU referendum by 2017 as a crucial chance for voters to have their say after huge changes in the country’s relationship with Brussels since the 1975 poll on Common Market membership.

He wrote: “The very nature of the European Union, and of this country’s relationship with it, has fundamentally changed after the coming into being of the European Monetary Union and the creation of the eurozone, of which – quite rightly – we are not a part. That is why, while I voted ‘in’ in 1975, I shall be voting ‘out’ in 2017.”

The UK will become a banana republic of the EU.

So why do we owe a living to all these people who have nothing to do with our country?”

That question would be echoed by millions of people who are fed up with being told that they have to take responsibility for an unceasing influx of foreigners to Britain. The forces of mass immigration and European integration have created a profound unfairness in our society. Through the benefits system, the NHS, schools, transport and housing, British citizens are required to support vast numbers of new arrivals who by definition have given little or nothing to our nation.

In Commissioner Andor’s brave new world of absolute free movement, the concepts of nationality and kinship will completely disappear. British taxpayers will owe the same obligations to someone from Budapest as they do to someone from Bolton. No discrimination against Europeans will be tolerated. The British Government will be required to inform foreign nationals fully of their rights to claim welfare, while it will also become easier for pressure groups to launch legal actions if they think any migrants have been victimised.

Commissioner Andor’s plan shows how badly our independence and democracy have been damaged by the EU. Britain once ruled the greatest empire the world has ever seen, yet we are turning into a subjugated province of the Brussels empire.

Rules about benefits and jobs should be decided by our Parliament, not by the EU’s self-serving bureaucracy. Yet it is precisely because of its hatred for the concept of democratic sovereignty that the EU so strongly favours the unrestricted movement of people around Europe. Uncontrolled immigration is the ideal vehicle for destroying nationhood and patriotic allegiances while at the same time advancing the idea of European citizenship in a new federal superstate.

Unrestricted immigration is bad enough now but it will become even more serious next year once people from Bulgaria and Romania are allowed to settle without restraint.

A survey by BBC Newsnight last week showed that around 8 per cent of Romanians and almost 14 per cent of Bulgarians want to come here, a finding that implies the arrival of 2.6 million people from these two countries. That would be an utter disaster for Britain, completely wiping out any recent progress the coalition has made in the reduction of unemployment and the reform of the benefits system.

The cheerleaders for immigration, like Commissioner Andor, say that this is scaremongering.

In their narrative, migrants always boost national economies because they come to work, not to claim benefits.
But such assertions are hollow propaganda. The reality is that unrestricted immigration is highly damaging to the economy.

It drives down wages, lowers living standards, places an intolerable strain on the civic infrastructure and puts millions of indigenous workers on the scrapheap.
Just as importantly, it is a pernicious myth that all migrants are hard-working. In fact, people from migrant communities are on average more likely to be unemployed than Britons.

Only 29 per cent of Somalis and 46 per cent of Bangladeshis are economically active. In total last year at least 370,000 foreign nationals were on out-of-work benefits, costing more than £2billion.

membership of the EU means you have lost control of your borders. It is that simple.

The Government last night vowed to “resist forcefully” any extra burden on taxpayers. But defiant Eurocrats dismissed UK concerns as scaremongering.

The EU Commission yesterday proposed a lawdesigned to help migrants looking for work in the UK by giving them more inform­ation about their rights. It also requires us to make it easier for them to sue if they are denied access to our welfare system.

Ministers have already promised to tighten the rules on handouts for European migrants amid concerns about an influx of Bulgarians and Romanians next year.

The Commission’s proposal sparked a storm of protest yesterday. Tory MP Stewart Jackson said: “It is vital these measures are debated at Westminster. It’s not the business of Brussels bureaucrats to tell us who we should pay benefits to or not, but a matter for our sovereign Parliament. Ministers need to get a firm grip. The patience of taxpayers is rapidly running out.”

UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage said: “This statement has been put out specifically to stick two fingers up at David Cameron.

“It shows clearly that he and his Government are entirely impotent despite all their protestations. membership of the EU means you have lost control of your borders. It is that simple.

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The corrupt E.U

BRUSSELS bureaucrats wasted billions of pounds through fraud and blunders last year, the EU’s own auditors revealed last night.

Official EU spending watchdogs raised questions over a colossal £89billion of spending during 2011. And for the 18th year in a row, they refused to sign off the EU’s annual accounts.

The damning verdict brought new fury at the soaring EU budget and added to the pressure on David Cameron to block a further massive hike.

He faces tense talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel today over the rising bill for Brussels ahead of a crunch summit on the issue later this month.

In yesterday’s report, the European Court of Auditors admitted there were “too many cases of EU money not hitting the target or being used sub-optimally”.

Confirming that the level of fraud and blunder was getting worse, the report said that the “error rate” in EU spending rose to 3.9 per cent last year from 3.7 per cent in 2010. In environmental schemes, fisheries and rural development, the error rate hit 7.7 per cent.

Time to leave the EU basket case?

Britain now exports more to the rest of the world than the EU

Thursday July 19,2012

By Alison Little

BRITAIN sent a defiant message to Europe yesterday after it emerged our trade is booming with the rest of the world.

We are exporting more goods to non-EU countries than those in the economic bloc for the first time in 40 years, figures showed.

It delivers a crushing blow to the Euro-­fanatics who insist that we can’t survive without Brussels – while boosting the ­Daily Express’s Crusade to quit the EU.

Senior Tory MP Douglas Carswell said last night: “These trade figures point to our ­future outside the European Union. We thought we had joined a prosperous common market. It’s turning into a basket case. We need to be where the growth is – outside the EU.”

The Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) said growth in Asian markets coupled with the crisis in the eurozone are key factors in Britain’s trading picture.

EU Waste

The vast European Union budget could be slashed overnight by almost a third amid evidence of spiraling expenditure on quangos, empty parliament buildings and staff pay and perks, a damning report has found.

Despite austerity throughout the Continent, the European Commission has proposed a 6.8 per cent increase in EU spending next year, while cutting only six out of almost 41,000 EU jobs, it says.

And for the next long-term EU budget after 2014, Brussels has proposed another 5 per cent increase.
Hypocritical: Despite austerity throughout the Continent, the European Commission has proposed a 6.8 per cent increase in EU spending next year, while cutting only six out of almost 41,000 EU jobs, it says

Now, following a line-by-line analysis of EU spending in 2012, think tank Open Europe is to set out an alternative budget that would reduce spending by almost 30 per cent – saving European taxpayers around £33billion annually.

And Britain would reduce its annual gross contribution to the EU budget by almost £4.6billion.

The cost of EU quangos has gone up by 33 per cent in two years, the report says. Simply scrapping those that duplicate work or add no value would save £350million.

It says getting rid of the European Parliament’s additional building in Strasbourg could save £146million.

Last year, the Parliament issued tenders with a combined value of more than £50.7million related to the maintenance of the building, although it was empty for 317 days.
Greek exit

Expenditure on MEPs’ salaries and allowances has increased by 77.5 per cent since 2005 and cost £154million in 2012, excluding pensions and transitional allowances. And expenditure on Commission staff salaries has risen by 17.9 per cent since 2005 and now totals £1.7billion.

Spending on schooling for children of EU officials currently stands at £137million, and is set for an increase in 2013 of 6.8 per cent.

There are also substantial savings to be made in a range of other areas, including administration, communications and justice, the report says.

Pawel Swidlicki of Open Europe said: ‘Given the economic climate in Europe, the UK has a golden opportunity to push for fundamental reform of the EU budget.

‘However, the Coalition is selling itself short in on-going talks over the EU’s long-term budget, given that its primary objectives of freezing spending and defending the rebate could be achieved simply by wielding its veto. The UK Government needs to be far more ambitious.’
No issue: Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy did not demand a watering down of Britain’s EU budget rebate

For example, more than one quarter of the EU budget is spent on subsidies to farmers and landowners, irrespective of whether they are engaged in any meaningful economic activity.

The report says slimming down the Common Agricultural Policy would bolster rural job creation while saving almost £19billion.David Cameron has previously agreed not to push too hard for reform of the policy, which favours French farmers.

In exchange, former French president Nicolas Sarkozy did not demand a watering down of Britain’s EU budget rebate.

However, the Prime Minister is under pressure from Tory backbenchers to take a tougher stance on Europe in negotiations over the next seven-year EU budget which will run from 2014-2021.

Talks are expected to come to a head next year.

Tory MP Andrea Leadsom, a leading figure in the eurosceptic Fresh Start group of MPs, said: ‘We should be far more aggressive in our negotiating position.’