For many years I have been angry at the level of interference of the EU in British affairs. It tells us who we can and can't let in, who we can jail and for how long, how many days our fishermen can fish in our own waters, who we can trade with and what laws we can make. Two Labour governments broke promises to give us an EU referendum but finally the Conservatives delivered on that promise and I was thrilled to see the Leave campaign win!
If you say you voted for Brexit online, you are called a racist so let me put that to bed right now. I have no issue with hard working, law abiding people coming here to work and support themselves, filling jobs and contributing to the economy. I'm happy for working EU nationals to stay here after Brexit. I am a great believer in people migrating here if they have a job to come to or if they can financially support themselves/be supported by relatives already here. The migrants I object to are the ones who come here for free benefits or are foreign criminals.
This book begins with a history of the EU and the treaties that began and enhanced the process of union. It doesn't get too descriptive, just gives you a brief decription of what each one was and what it meant for those signing up. Interestingly, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown both voted against the 1986 Single European Act which was about a single European Currency. Condidering the reckless haste Blair showed in wanting to drag Britain into the euro it beggars belief that he initially voted against it! Thank you Gordon Brown and Ed Balls for keeping us out of that mess. It was Blair's uncontrolled immigration and desire to give control away for everything to the EU that caused the rise of UKIP. Like them or loathe them, they are the ones who ensured we finally got our long promised vote.
It talks about various anti-EU groups that were on the scene and how this gradually became UKIP in 1993, which was interesting. It discussed the various opt-outs from certain treaties that the UK were able to negotiate, which Blair then started to give away ie social chapter, and the other countries who voted no to various treaties through the years. The book gives all the vital information about the history of the EU as we know it, without boring you with too much waffle. It also goes into the EU war within the Conservative party over the years which led to the promise of a referendum on membership of the EU by David Cameron.
It then focuses on the Vote Remain and Vote Leave groups-who was on which side of the debate and who was in the two main rival Leave groups, one run by UKIP and one by senior conservatives. It goes into the in-fighting, backstabbing and the downright lies that each campaign told in order to get votes. We had fanciful financial figures from Leave and doomsday prophesies from Remain, none of which impressed a lot of voters. The behind the scenes stuff from the campaigns fascinate me as we see who hated who and what was going wrong. I do like a bit of political intrigue and backstabbing!
Overall it was a very interesting book for anyone interested in Brexit. It has excellent background information about the growth of both the EU and UKIP, the processes inside each political party on the subject and the actual campaign itself. Excellent read!
Read May 2017