As Obama leaves, should Le Pen be allowed to visit?
As we move on from one unhelpful intervention from a foreign political leader, the debate over whether we should welcome another now turns attention on Marie Le Pen, leader of the Front National in France. The Mirror reportson the proposed visit to Britain by Le Pen, to campaign in favour of Britain leaving the EU. Chairman of Vote Leave Gisela Stuart MP, has reportedly lobbied the Home Secretary to ban Le Pen from entering the country. Nigel Farage has commented that whilst Le Pen joining the debate will do the Brexit campaign no favours, banning her from coming is not something we should be looking to do.
The only thing that matters in this referendum are the views of the British people. I wrote earlier in the week about the various agenda’s that those from abroad are seeking to promote by campaigning on one side of this debate or the other. I have every faith, as should we all, that the people of our country will focus on their own interests, their own futures and as such will determine that the only choice in June is to Vote Leave.
Sturgeon speaks of Scotland’s desire to Leave (the UK, but not the EU)
It’s one of the more curious side stories of this referendum, that the SNP are using the possibility of Brexit to threaten a second vote north of the border on whether Scotland should separate itself from the rest of the UK. Having lost once, albeit narrowly, SNP Leader Nicola Sturgeon has made it very clear that she will leap at any opportunity to bring about another vote on the break-up of Britain. Curiously, in an article in the Scotsman Sturgeon comments on her “lifelong passionate support for independence”; it’s hypocrisy that President Obama would be proud of. She wants to turn her back on a 309 year, tried and tested, mutually beneficial union with England, Wales and Northern Ireland and yet believes that the EU offers a future of gold and honey.
The article raises the interesting point that whilst the majority of Scots would appear to be in favour of remaining in the EU, the possibility of Brexit only makes a very marginal difference in their voting intentions should they be faced with a second referendum on our own union. To the majority of voters north of the border it would seem that the importance of remaining part of Britain matters far more to them than membership of the European Union; common sense that Nicola Sturgeon should avail herself of.
The United Kingdom has proven that it works, whereas the European Union makes us poorer and less democratic and less free. Let us hope that we can move into the future as a unified nation, mutually independent from Brussels and its bureaucrats.
Owen Paterson warns of Britain becoming an EU colony
In a speech today, former Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Owen Paterson MP will warn that should Britain remain in the EU it will become no more than an EU colony, bossed around by Brussels. In his speech, which has been previewed by the Sun, Owen uses some powerful language to warn against exposing ourselves to the risks of remaining stuck to the EU.
The Remainians are so fond of calling Brexit a leap into the unknown, but Paterson argues that which we’ve been saying all along, the unknown would be missing this golden opportunity for freedom and independence and voting to stay in. Should that happen, the article makes it clear that we could “expect no mercy” from Brussels as it would move to swallow up Britain into a European superstate.
We should never allow Britain to become an offshore province of a country called Europe, and that’s a real risk were we to remain on June 23rd. Let’s follow Owen Paterson’s lead and make it clear to anybody and everybody that this is our one chance to avoid that future for our children and grandchildren. We must take it.
Cameron insiders confident he’ll remain, even if Britain votes to leave
I had never imagined that I might see a Conservative Prime Minister fighting “heart and soul” to remain a part of the European Union. I had never imagined that I might see a Conservative Prime Minster relying on a US President to help persuade the British people to give up on their own sovereignty and democracy; to become no more than a star on somebody else’s flag. Yet that’s what we seem to have in David Cameron. The Brexit debate carries with it the question of Cameron’s future; would a vote to leave signal the end for the Prime Minister?
Matthew d’Ancona of the Guardian writes an interesting piece, which suggests Cameron aides think he’s safe regardless of the outcome. So far, both Boris and Chris Grayling have publicly committed to supporting Cameron as Prime Minister post referendum whether Brexit happens or not but there is a growing consensus that his position may be untenable should we get our independence back on June 23rd. In that scenario, you can expect supporters like Johnson to rapidly manoeuvre themselves into a position of leadership contender.
Whilst I’m unconvinced about the future of David Cameron, the one thing of which I’m certain is that the future of UKIP is going to be incredibly strong after Brexit. Being a member of the party which is responsible for Britain having this referendum in the first place makes me incredibly proud.