The inspiration for this piece came in the main from a tweet from Jess Phillips (the Labour MP), in which she dismissed the importance of sovereignty to a modern Britain. So Jess, here are the reasons why sovereignty should be important to you, to your constituents, and to the people of this country. Here are just some of the reasons why you should vote Leave on June 23rd.
Sovereignty. I could start off with a long and complex definition of sovereignty and its various meanings and intricacies of the concept, but that would be unnecessary, all you really need to know about sovereignty can be ascertained in the first few lines of its Wikipedia entry – ‘Sovereignty is understood…as the full right and power of a governing body to govern itself without any interference from outside sources or bodies’.
It is clear then how the European Union affects our sovereignty, how the European Union removes our government’s ability to be sovereign in and of itself. In politics, sovereignty is absolute power over our laws, our freedoms, and our borders. I shall not get into a lengthy diatribe on immigration, as that is an issue which merits an article on its own, what I shall do instead is simply ask, are we really an independent sovereign nation, if we cannot decide on our own immigration policy? Whatever you think that policy may be, the upmost issue is sovereignty – the ability to take control of policy for ourselves.
The idea that our sovereignty is important has been dismissed and mocked by the In campaign, most recently in a tweet from the Southampton branch of Students for Europe, but it a crucial part of being an independent nation, of actually existing at all. There is, after all, a reason why the United Nations only admits ‘sovereign states’. Sticking with the United Nations, to those who believe that Britain is not strong enough to make its own laws, or cannot be trusted to, I simply ask, why then are we one of the five most powerful nations in the UN? Why are we, the supposedly tiny island nation who cannot rule itself, one of the permanent members of the Security Council?
Those who justify the removal of our sovereignty as ‘for our own good’ do not understand it. Those who argue that the EU has passed things that are good for us, but that we would not have passed, simply prove the point. In that latter line of logic the EU is some benevolent dictatorship, but the important word there is dictatorship. When it is over an issue like TTIP or an EU army, should we really trust unelected Eurocrats over our own government? Even on ‘good’ policies passed contrary to the wishes of the British electorate, does this erosion of sovereignty not undermine our very democracy?
To come back to the purpose of this article, yes Jess Phillips, sovereignty is very important, and as one of our elected MPs, you should be championing it. The only way to reclaim our sovereignty is to leave the European Union. Not to accept some watered down ‘opt out from closer political union’.
When David Cameron says ‘deal’, I say no deal! To close my remarks, I simply ask you to consider this: if the status quo were different, and this was a debate about joining the EU, would you? Would you give up our sovereignty, our democracy, our freedom? Would you give up the power to control our destiny? I wouldn’t.
Deal? No deal.