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June, 2016 What is Brexit?
"Brexit" is a political movement which has been developing over recent years.
Brexit is short for British Exit (from the political EU) - Brexit is not opposed to trading or cooperating with other European countries; it is opposed to total loss of sovereignty of member states within an EU Superstate.
As the EU has rapidly expanded, large sections of the British public have become increasingly alarmed about its direction and true purpose.
This alarm has increased more recently with a number of crises gripping the EU organisation: the Eurozone crisis; large scale youth unemployment in Greece and the southern European countries; uncontrolled migration from Eastern Europe since 2004, particularly into Britain; and most recently mass migration (2015) into the EU from the Middle East and North Africa.
Taken together these crises, coupled with increasing terrorist activity and chaotic border control, have led to the belief that the EU is not safe; out of control and becoming more uncontrollable and unstable.
These problems are seen as being largely self-inflicted by the management within the EU bureaucratic leadership; created by their relentless push for a single government to control all of Europe, and who seem only able to respond to any crisis with a single solution - deeper integration of the member states.
Such a model though is not generally acceptable to the populations of a number of current members who believed that they had joined the "Club" on the understanding that they were only entering into a trading arrangement (Britain entered the European Economic Community (EEC) in 1973) and who quite naturally do not wish to give away more of their independence to a leadership incapable of solving the problems Europe is facing; a leadership which cannot be easily replaced.
The Brexit camp believes that Britain must not continue its membership of the political EU because the ultimate direction of the political EU is the creation of a single EU Superstate, which will require all member states to ultimately give up sovereign control of all aspects of their governance.
This loss of sovereignty will result in the inability of member states to control their own borders, armed forces, police, judiciary, laws, social and welfare provision, taxation, pensions, the NHS and security to name only a few; control of every area of society will be ceded to a single central government in Brussels.
All of the above requirements of the member states to cede control to the political EU are set out within the Treaties, which were signed by the politicians of the member states and ratified by their governments; in particular the Lisbon Treaty (2007) which contains the Terms and Conditions of the Rejected Constitution for Europe (2004) within its texts.
Brexit is a movement of people from all parts of the political spectrum, representing the "man in the street", small, medium and large business owners, professional middle level management, a small number of celebrities and working people of every colour, creed and origin.
Brexit supporters understand that "trading with Europe" is not the same as "being in the political EU" - which is legally separate and superior to its member states - a status that it acquired through the Lisbon Treaty (2007)
Brexit is opposed by the "Remain" Camp comprising Her Majesty's Government, the Establishment, many of the leadership and members of the other main British political parties, big business, a number of "celebrities" and "notables", upper management, professional and administrative people, international banking, and organisations such as the UN.
"Brexit" is about freedom and trading freely around the world, including all the countries in Europe; with its own safe, secure borders which it controls, along with its own controlled immigration policy; making its own laws and with its own government, one not subservient to the political EU; that its people elect and which can be removed when it does not look after their interests, whereas
"Remain" support for the political EU is about controlling the populations of Europe within a protectionist bloc; for the benefit and manipulation of the multinational corporations and big business.
Although the Remain camp claim that, despite signing the Treaties, Britain has a "Special Status" relationship within the political EU and Britain was given "Vetoes" and "Opt-outs" related to some of the most onerous member state obligations in the Treaties; in fact, they were simply inducements given to the politicians to placate their populations; who have always been suspicious of the motives of the political EU.
The "Special Status" that Britain enjoys within the EU is simply one of a being a "mug", to be "milked" at will by the populations any new member states who have acquired accession or who have been fast tracked only by the EU "Management", in quintessentially Mafia style - vis a vis Ukraine and Turkey, to name only two.
Britain's "Special Status" will be ignored in the future, for examples, currently an EU Army is being built in secret by the Political EU, and we were forced into paying for the Greece Eurozone bailout - despite our "Veto".
The political EU have a laissez-faire attitude when it comes to upholding the treaties on their own terms, and utter contempt for the populations of its member states; taken together with the EU rapid expansion, coupled to the introduction of Qualified Majority Voting (QMV) in 2014; and the fact that the Treaties are upheld by the European Court; offers Britain no legal way out of its obligations under the Treaties.
The chance that Britain will have ANY influence in the Political EU in the near, medium or long term if it remains in the bloc is very much in doubt - the Political EU is not reformable - but the EEC (EC) is (was) susceptible to reform.
Brexit is about what benefits the UK population versus what benefits the UK Establishment / the political EU.
More details about the true nature of the EU are available in the articles on this site