I got the Vote Leave leaflet through my door the yesterday. I’m assuming everyone got it and considering how badly misleading it is, I thought it’s at least trying to correct it to people who were swayed.
‘We send the EU £350 milion a week – let’s fund our NHS instead’
We get a large amount of the money back in our rebate and the money spent by the EU in the UK, particularly less well-off cities. The net spend is £173 million per week. Just under £3 per capita. The leave campaign can’t choose what to do with this money, they aren’t the lawmakers and even if they were they have promised to match much of the EU spending in the UK if we leave. That means there is zero of chance of us leaving and boosting the NHS by £350m per week as a result.
‘Over a quarter of a million people migrate to the UK from the EU every year’
In 2015, 270,000 EU citizens migrated to the UK and 85,000 that were here left. Net migration is therefore 185,000. 15% of these were studying and 41% had a definite job. People studying are paying tuition fees and those with a job are paying taxes. If you take issue with the other 44%, realise it only contributes an increase of 0.18% of the population per year.
‘The EU is expanding to include: Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey’
No, it isn’t. These countries are being considered as candidates to join the EU and particularly Turkey is very unlikely to join. Every single current member of the Council of the European Union (of which UK is a member) has to agree. Greece still has ongoing issues to resolve with Turkey over Cyprus which look unlikely to be solved soon. These countries may never be part of the EU.
‘The need to prop up the Euro means that more and more powers will be taken by the EU’
The Eurozone and the EU are two different entities. The Eurozone is administered by the European Central Bank which is completely independent from the Bank of England. So no, the EU isn’t taking powers to prop up the Euro.
‘EU law overrules UK law. This stop the British Public from being able to vote out the politicians who make our laws.’
EU law is voted for by members of European Parliament who are voted for by individual countries. We have 9.7% of the parliament which is roughly in line with our percentage of the population. In UK elections, we can only vote out our local member of parliament which is no different to voting out our MEP.
‘We have no control over how it’s spent’
We have members of parliament who we vote to represent us therefore we do theoretically have control. In practice, in the UK it is hardly like we tell the cabinet what to spend their money on.
‘You don’t have to be a member of the EU to trade with it’
Of course you don’t but if you want the best terms it helps to be friendly with each other. The idea that Germany is going to respond to a big middle finger by giving us more favourable terms than we already have is delusional.
‘Major employers like Toyota, Nissan, Vauxhall, Honda, Unilever, GE and Airbus have all said they’ll stay in the UK’
Every single one of these companies have issues statements saying they want Britain to remain in and are considering legal action for their names being used without their approval. Pure fiction.