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Penny Midas Rollo

Penny Midas Rollo

comment.
17-19 June 2016.

Sir Winston Churchill RIP






DIVISION BELL

The day approaches when the people of the United Kingdom will cast their vote in the Referendum to decide whether Britain stays in the EU bloc or leaves it permanently.

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Everybody - both sides of the campaign, whether REMAIN or LEAVE, "means well". Both sides recognise that the other makes valid points, but the time has come for the British people to make up their minds, and come to some decision on what will be the best outcome for Britain. This Referendum is about far more than the individual, rather about the future of our whole country in the years ahead.

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These are just my views - clearly each of us has the right to come to a decision in our own way and - probably - the responsibility to disclose significant factors in reaching that decision, if they might be thought useful to others.

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The sheer scale of the matters-to-consider is beyond the reach of most of us, but Twitter - which I've never used much, before - has proved invaluable in discovering a huge wealth of "significant detail" that has helped to identify what a "Remain" vote would encompass.




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The things I have discovered have clarified (for me, anyway) that the right decision is to vote to leave the EU bloc. To reference just a very few examples,
How joining the EU led to a big decline in UK industry (John Redwood), Migrant chaos cannot continue (Leo McKinstry), EU bosses demand European Union flag stars be incorporated into the Union Jack (Daily Express), Brexit vote is more American than you think (Dan Hannan), The UK must leave the EU & and the U.S. must support its exit (Trib Live)(USA)

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This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to take back control of our future (Andrea Leadsom), Britain will thrive outside of the EU (Peter Hargreaves, the UK's richest entrepreneur) (more such links on the blog page if of interest). Also there are a couple of videos of Jacob Rees Mogg who has a remarkable ability to cross-reference the more complex issues, The EU is a failed state. Choose freedom (watch and/or read) and Jacob Rees Mogg Full Speech BREXIT Debate.

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As to what I *feel* - well that's a different matter, but essentially the same outcome, namely a vote to leave the EU bloc. Why? The way I see it, for Britain to be who she is, that unfathomable blend of straight-talking, action, discretion, championing-of-the-underdog, "on yer bike" attitude, caring, compassion, irreverent humour (like the John Cleese quote), wisdom, free speech, democracy, stubbornness and all the rest - she needs to be governed by The British, not by Brussels. We understand who we are. Brussels just doesn't.




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"Britain may sink, and go under, if she stands alone" warn the remain brigade. And yes, there's an outside chance that she might. There are risks in standing alone. But if Britain remains under the yoke of Brussels she will in all likelihood lose the very Britishness that defines her.



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So, what if we *do* take the monumental decision to "brexit". Will we receive support and trade from the rest of the world, including those in the EU bloc? I would hope so. Britain has no quarrel with other countries, and I trust that we are not required to compromise individuality and independence, or conform to rules imposed on us by outsiders, to be "liked" or "traded with" or "involved".


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We have a great many good relationships with other countries of the world, both at the "country" level and at the "personal" level. Facebook and Twitter have changed the world as we know it, and the bonds between people around the globe at so many levels, particularly at grass roots, have changed the very nature of everything.




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Great Britain has been a loyal friend to many other countries, and I trust that if we brexit and then hit a rough patch, there will be many who will stretch out their hands to keep us afloat, until we find our own inherent balance again.   The real request of this Referendum is not "get Britain out" but "set Britain free again". Most of us I hope will choose freedom over the safety of the gilded cage, however dazzling its decoration.

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In all honesty, I believe that Britain was misled at the time of the 1975 Referendum and has since been sold down the river by various politicians. Finally we have the chance to take our country back, and I trust that enough British people will become aware of the real issues that we are voting on, to join together to make that happen.



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As for immigration - there are real dilution-of-identity issues vs compassion for the sheer misery of the refugees and the increasing difficulties faced by economic migrants. First we need to break free and put our own house in order. Then we can get on with the real business of standing with the other countries of the world to try and make everything fairer and better across the board.







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Like the average person, I don't know a great deal about how politics works, or even what role Her Majesty plays in our law-making. But the deal seems to be something like "the Houses of Parliament create the laws, and The Queen signs them off".


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Somehow we seem to have progressed to a situation where "unelected people in Brussels create the laws, and the European Parliament signs them off".

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Yes, the UK Houses of Parliament get some say, further down the track, and presumably The Queen plays her part in that, but we're talking endless thousands of EU rules/laws and apparently at a breathtaking speed that doesn't allow much space or time for argument. Anything up to 59% of our laws, according to the recent Paxman programme.




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This is not "the price of progress".

It's a takeover by stealth.


Read this page again.

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The UK is a *kingdom*. The United Kingdom. "The Houses of Parliament create the laws, and The Queen signs them off" was where I started this line of thought. That's how I always understood things to be, and how most people expect them still to be. But something has clearly changed at a very deep level, and suddenly the people of the United Kingdom are becoming aware that "someone else is in charge".

We, the people, didn't vote for that.



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The referendum vote is still being dressed up as "do we want to be in the wonderful single market" (or some such). Look more closely. You don't have much time left. This may be the British people's *only* chance to take back control of our country. It's *our* country. Millions of people have died, to protect its freedom and independence and integrity and democracy.

Don't now give this away.

Think again.



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