EU Referendum Campaign Begins

So the EU referendum will be on 23 June.

Michael Gove has joined the Brexit camp. His statement at Guido:

…The ability to choose who governs us, and the freedom to change laws we do not like, were secured for us in the past by radicals and liberals who took power from unaccountable elites and placed it in the hands of the people. As a result of their efforts we developed, and exported to nations like the US, India, Canada and Australia a system of democratic self-government which has brought prosperity and peace to millions.

Our democracy stood the test of time. We showed the world what a free people could achieve if they were allowed to govern themselves.

In Britain we established trial by jury in the modern world, we set up the first free parliament, we ensured no-one could be arbitrarily detained at the behest of the Government, we forced our rulers to recognise they ruled by consent not by right, we led the world in abolishing slavery, we established free education for all, national insurance, the National Health Service and a national broadcaster respected across the world.

By way of contrast, the European Union, despite the undoubted idealism of its founders and the good intentions of so many leaders, has proved a failure on so many fronts. The euro has created economic misery for Europe’s poorest people. European Union regulation has entrenched mass unemployment. EU immigration policies have encouraged people traffickers and brought desperate refugee camps to our borders.

Far from providing security in an uncertain world, the EU’s policies have become a source of instability and insecurity. Razor wire once more criss-crosses the continent, historic tensions between nations such as Greece and Germany have resurfaced in ugly ways and the EU is proving incapable of dealing with the current crises in Libya and Syria. The former head of Interpol says the EU’s internal borders policy is “like hanging a sign welcoming terrorists to Europe” and Scandinavian nations which once prided themselves on their openness are now turning in on themselves…

Boris Johnson is to issue a statement on Sunday.

With the date of UK’s EU referendum now set for late June, both side are nervously awaiting the verdict of the mayor of London, who, the Observer understands, intends to make a statement on Sunday night on which side he will back. If both Gove and Johnson, two of the best communicators in Tory ranks, side with the Out campaign, many MPs believe the prime minister will face an uphill struggle to convince voters that their best interests lay in remaining inside the EU.

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23 Responses to EU Referendum Campaign Begins

  1. The Blocked Dwarf says:

    we established free education for all, national insurance, the National Health Service

    I believe, and it is far too late at night to check, that Germany (or Prussia as it was back then) beat us to Free universal education and Universal Health Care free at the point of delivery …Germans being far too sensible to introduce an NHS style system , preferring in their technical teutonicness a system that actually works…most of the time, although an elderly friend in hospital, last weekend, for blood pressure contracted Noro Virus in a German Hospital. Anyone who has ever experienced German health care will feel my shock at that news. I know Cdiff/Noro/Norwalk etc are issued as a standard welcoming pack across the NHS but in Germany??!?!?

    Obviously German health care needs more cleaners…..or ‘Syrian Brain Surgeons’ as they are also known.

  2. harleyrider1978 says:

    Trump just won S.C. BUSH DROPPED OUT
    the sc democrat vote only turned out 10,000 votes between sanders and clinton statewide. GOP turn out was nearly 600,000

  3. harleyrider1978 says:


    So the battle has been joined and the great fight for the future of our country has begun. On June 23rd we will make the most important political decision in our lifetimes.

    I am determined to do all that I can within my powers to win.

    The Grassroots Out (GO) event at the QE2 centre on Friday night in Westminster was a remarkable occasion. Over 2,000 people were crammed into the venue, with 300 shut outside due to fire regulations.

    I have never felt such an electric buzz at a political meeting. These people want change. They want their country back.

    From the formation of GO, we have sought to be a genuine cross-party campaign and pledged to put aside all of our previous quarrels and differences. The British media too often portray the Eurosceptic camp as being purely a Tory right of centre debate.

    It is no such thing. The traditional differences between left and right are irrelevant. This is about right and wrong.

    For GO to win the Electoral Commission’s designation and for us to win the referendum we need millions of people on the left of politics to join our great cause. With the excellent Labour MP Kate Hoey being a founder member of GO, this strategy got off to a good start.

    On Friday I surprised, perhaps even stunned, some of my long term supporters by introducing a surprise guest: George Galloway.

    On a whole host of political issues George and I are diametrically opposed. We could not have a cosy chat over coffee about Israel, economic policy or a host of other issues. But sometimes in life an issue comes along that is bigger than anything else and traditional opponents become allies.

    Churchill despised Uncle Joe Stalin as much if not more than he did the German corporal. But they joined together to defeat a common enemy. It is that same understanding that George and some in GO have today.

    We believe in our country and that it should be run by our own people through the ballot box.

    We will all fight side by side to win this referendum and then to get back to opposing each other.

    It’s called democracy. It’s worth fighting for. Come and help us.

  4. Tony says:

    I’m puzzled that so many people are interested in which side Boris Johnson takes. I have never noticed any subtlety in the man. Just self interest. I suspect he neither knows nor cares about the issues. When I first heard of him many years ago, I thought he was a buffoon, then I was persuaded that it was just an act. But finally realised I’d been right the first time.

  5. harleyrider1978 says:

    Sneaky Change to the TPP Drastically Extends Criminal Penalties

    When the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was first released in November last year, it included provisions dictating the kinds of penalties that should be available in cases of copyright infringement. Amongst those provisions, the following footnote allowed countries some flexibility in applying criminal procedures and penalties to cases of willful copyright infringement on a commercial scale:

    With regard to copyright and related rights piracy provided for under paragraph 1, a Party may limit application of this paragraph to the cases in which there is an impact on the right holder’s ability to exploit the work, performance or phonogram in the market.

    Following the footnote back to its source, it is apparent that the reference to limiting “the application of this paragraph” is to a more specific list of criminal procedures and penalties that the parties are required to make available in such cases. Paraphrased, these are:
    •sentences of imprisonment as well as deterrent-level monetary fines;

    Heres the one that stands out>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    •higher penalties in more serious circumstances, such as threats to public health or safety;

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Now why isn’t a government that steals trademark not being punished to like plain packs,thats outright theft of trademark and copyright. We all know the product owner will suffer because of it.

      • junican says:

        You have to read between the lines, Harley. The reason that tobacco control is so keen on plain packaging is that it concentrates tobacco products in the hands of the big three manufacturers, which make it easier for TobCon to control them. The tobacco companies fought hard against it because they want to keep their intellectual property and want to be able to compete with each other, but even they will benefit from the closed market.

        • harleyrider1978 says:

          How can you benefit when bootlegging goes up 1000% in a few short months. Ive been hearing over the net Tobacco companies may quit importing to those countries with plain packs laws.

  6. harleyrider1978 says:

    Sunday, February 21, 2016 Bills would allow WV counties to repeal smoking bans –

    See more at:

    • Smoking Lamp says:

      It;s good to see the backlash begin. The tobacco control response is to claim the bills which support giving County Commissions the authority to overturn the bans imposed by Health panels would politicize the process. Of course the fact that the process is already political because it regulates behavior eludes mention from the Antis.

      • Joe L. says:

        I believe this tactic reveals how fearful the Antis are of this bill. It’s much easier/cheaper to lobby at the state level for smoking bans, but if the granularity moves down to the county level, they’re scared shitless that they will begin to lose their stranglehold. I hope this bill passes and creates a snowball effect across the U.S.

  7. Oi you says:

    Michael Gove backing the ‘out’ campaign? Blimey, he’s just gone up in my estimation…

    But how on earth can the loony left back the EU? When you look at what the EU stands for and the dictatorial way it behaves, you’d think the socialists would be condemning it as a far right organisation.


  8. harleyrider1978 says:

    Cameron launches major push to keep Britain in EU…

    London Mayor Boris silent…

  9. harleyrider1978 says:
  10. Jay says:

    Boris has now announced that he will back the ‘leave’ campaign – yay!!

  11. harleyrider1978 says:

    Boris Johnson to campaign to leave EU – BBC News

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson is to campaign to leave the EU in the UK’s referendum, the BBC understands.

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