Three Cheers for the Daily Express. Indeed three cheers and a chorus of Rule Britannia. At long last a national newspaper has come out and said what more and more people — and more and more Conservatives — believe.
Other papers have called for less integration, more repatriation of powers, and opposition to individual EU measures, but the Express is the first to break cover and call for Britain to leave outright. They are so obviously right. As I have argued for years, we should be Better Off Out. As a Conservative MEP, I am proud to give the Express campaign my backing.
I was delighted to see my old comrade-in-arms Dan Hannan featured prominently in the Express article launching the campaign. Dan argues, based not on his own estimates but on statements from the European Commission itself, that the costs of our EU membership are five times the benefits. And we could have the benefits without the costs if we were to leave the EU and sign a Free Trade Agreement with it.
Elsewhere Dan has said that the EU is making us poorer, and less democratic, and less free. The EU institutions have a towering contempt for voters and for democracy. “Did you ignorant folk vote NO in a referendum? Well” (says the EU) “you’d better go away and vote again ’till you get the right answer”. And for them, the only right answer is “YES”.
We’ve seen the euro in a death-spiral. We’ve seen the swingeing austerity cuts in Greece and Ireland — far worse than anything we’re facing in the UK. We’ve seen the excesses of the EU Diplomatic Service, and the EU Arrest Warrant, and EU financial regulation that threatens the City of London. We’ve seen convicts given the vote at the behest of the EU. We’ve seen a £7 billion loan from the UK to Ireland to prop up the euro. And now we the people have had enough. It’s time to get out.