I recently submitted a letter for publication in the Liverpool Echo which was largely published today.
Here is my original letter:-
It's Exit for the English Democrats!
I would like to thank all those Liverpool supporters who supported the English Democrats’ candidates in the recent elections.
In the Mayoral election the English Democrats were the only party urging a Leave vote in the June 23rd EU referendum. For those people who care about England, Leave is the only option that makes any sense at all. England needs English exit (EXIT!)!
There are numerous reasons but 3 main reasons are enough to explain why English nationals want to leave the EU. The 1st reason is the impact of devolution within the UK, the 2nd reason is the impact of immigration and the 3rd reason is the impact of the cost of the EU.
Devolution within the UK has created two Assemblies and an extra Parliament. Northern Ireland and Wales now have Assemblies whilst Scotland has its Parliament. England was not given a Parliament under Devolution and remains under the control of the British government. That EU leaning British government has attempted on numerous occasions to break England up into “Regions” that would fit into the EU Regionalist model.
Whereas because Wales and Scotland are recognised as EU “Regions” they have been allowed to keep their Nation’s natural borders. So their national identity could remain intact within the EU.
England on the other hand has had a completely different experience and finds she is looking straight down the barrel of dissolution if she remains in the EU. She knows that she will be balkanised into 9 EU Regions instead of remaining as a one nation “Region” within the EU like the Welsh and Scots. That means England is correct to see the EU as threatening her existence whilst Scotland and Wales do not, hence England is naturally more EU sceptic.
Although EU immigrants do settle across the UK it is in England that they mainly settle. Immigration reports show especially high levels of EU settlement in the South East and East of England. So when the now yearly intake of over 300,000 migrants is discussed it is fair to say that England’s view will be very different than say Scotland as the Scots are not experiencing the same EU migrant intake. It is easy to be supportive of EU immigration when you are not the country taking most of the migrants! As such Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are less concerned but it would be interesting to see the Scottish reaction if the British government stated that they would have to take a higher percentage of EU migrants than England! We saw their anger when Glasgow was made to take Somalian refugees a few years ago.
Payment to the EU is very different across the EU nations which explains why England feels so aggrieved. The average cost per head of population across the UK is £48.00 but when that figure is broken down to the individual nations of the UK it gives a very different picture. The cost of EU membership for England is £72.00 per head of population whereas Scotland’s membership only costs them £2.00 per head of population. For Wales and Northern Ireland the story is again very different because they have subsidies of £74.00 for every man, woman and child in Wales and of £160.00 for Northern Ireland. Those figures from the House of Commons Library explain why England is more EU sceptic than the other 3 nations. It’s because England pays the most!
So I hope that all those that care for England will join the English Democrats in voting to Leave the EU on the 23rd June. It’s a once in a lifetime chance to help save England!