THERE is a lot of rhetoric created in the EU referendum by the Brexit side.
Brexiteers are talking about loss of sovereignty, mass migration into the UK and lack of democracy in the EU. They claim Britain will have faster growth outside the EU and will be able to negotiate new trade agreements. But these are all red herrings and misinformation.
There are 28 countries in the EU, so what about their sovereignty? Are Brexiteers saying that only UK will lose it and not the other EU countries? In fact, we are sharing sovereignty not losing it.
Mass migration is a figment of their imagination – there are mechanisms in place to deal with such a situation. Migra- tion is good for the economic, culture and social well-being of this country. Both unskilled and semi-skilled migrants do useful work in the agricultural and industrial sectors, the con- struction and leisure industries, the NHS. They do jobs which local people are not willing to do. They give more to this country than they take, yet Brexit is demonising them.
The other point Brexiteers raise is schools, housing and hospitals cannot cope with the increase in immigration. If that is the case, why not build more schools, more hospitals, more affordable houses, which will create more employment and economic growth?
How can there be lack of democracy in the EU when we have ministerial representation in the Council of Ministers, in the Commission and also in the European parliament through our MEPs. We have a meaningful say in all three of the main institutions of the EU. What more do they want?
Leading financial institutions like the IMF, the World Bank, OECD, WTO, Bank of England, and the Treasury have warned of the adverse economic con- sequences of leaving the EU. This has been backed up by prominent economists.
It will not be easy to get new markets straightaway for fast economic growth. Non-EU countries would rather trade with the EU, which has a market of 500 million people, than Britain, a market of only 70 million. Brexit is misleading people for its own vested interests.
It is time to make up our mind to stay inside a reformed EU which will give a better future to our children and grand-children. Remaining in the EU will benefit us in fighting terrorism, tackling cyber attacks, improving our security, having free trade with Europe, giving us visa-free travel, protection of the rights of ordinary people, protection of customers and workers and opportunities for British people to live and work in all EU countries. It is two-way traffic and not a one-way street, as propagated by Brexit.