Cameron’s ‘independent Britain’

An interesting, if unsurprising, finding over the weekend was the result of a YouGov that revealed privatisation of the Royal Mail is just as unpopular with voters as launching a military attack on Syria.

Only 20% of voters questioned support the Royal Mail privatisation (page 10 of the survey).  But one wonders how many of the 70% who oppose the privatisation plan (and the rest who don’t know what they think) realise it is only happening because the EU said it should.  A safe assumption is that it is a very small number.

Once again we see the all-too-living hand of the EU making full use of the power given away to it by the politicians in Westminster.  Despite the party political bitching on the subject and David Cameron’s verbal drivel about an independent Britain, just try finding a politician who openly concedes the origin of the privatisation plan is Brussels and the plan is a direct consequence of the UK being a member of the EU.

While the parties get their little helpers, hangers on, proxies and useful idiots to loudly spread industrial scale quantities of fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) by falsely claiming the UK will be adversely impacted economically just by leaving the EU (by conflating that with access to the single market) they are resolutely silent on the real world adverse impacts politically of continued membership, such as Royal Mail privatisation.  And that is the issue.  The urgent need to get out of the EU is a political imperative, which is entirely separate from the economic issues constantly thrown up as a fear-stoking smokescreen by those who see Britain’s place as being ruled forever from Brussels.

The reality is that unlike Norway, a non-EU country but member of the single market, which vetoed the EU’s 3rd Postal Directive (2008/6/EC) the UK cannot opt out of the Directive.  So no matter how many strikes there are by postal workers, how much disruption is experienced by households and businesses, or even which political party a Briton votes for, the UK is stuck with having to obey the EU’s demands.  The Royal Mail will be privatised because the EU has told the UK to do it.  Discussion over.  End of subject.  Case closed.

It is essential that people are not conned into thinking that leaving the EU means the UK has to give up economic benefits of trading within the customs union.  By exercising Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, the only guaranteed way of initiating a negotiation with EU bodies, the UK could secure an agreement that maintains the existing trade rules while putting an end to rule from Brussels.  The political and the economic would thus shown as distinctly separate.

The ‘out’ campaign today, and in the future in the event of any referendum on EU membership, needs to focus all attention on the political issue at hand.  Leaving the EU is all about ensuring political decisions affecting the UK are made within the UK by people that only Britons vote for.  At this time there is little benefit to that because the British people have no democratic control over elected representatives.  But the principle is clear.

The EU in its present and former guises always has had and always will have but one destination – ever closer political union.  It was not created for the purpose of free trade, it was not created as a customs union.  It is a simply a political entity.  Nothing else.  That is what we need to leave and that is what we must focus attention on.  The Royal Mail privatisation issue should be used to help people understand what any future In-Out referendum is really about.

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5 Responses to “Cameron’s ‘independent Britain’”


  1. 1 StrongUnitedKingdom 09/09/2013 at 4:01 pm

    Many good points, all well made AM.

  2. 2 angela ellis-jones 09/09/2013 at 4:17 pm

    UKIP should be shouting about this from the rooftops!
    On far too many occasions they have let things like this pass without comment.Why?

  3. 3 Autonomous Mind 09/09/2013 at 4:30 pm

    After a conversation I had earlier with a very well placed UKIP source, I now know for certain the answer to that, Angela.

    A blog post about it will follow soon.

  4. 4 maureen gannon 09/09/2013 at 5:18 pm

    I wrote to my MP about it being a directive from his masters in Brussels I recieved a rhetorical response extolling the virtues of the government for giving the post workers shares , I did not get a response to my reply saying they would be a lot of good when the majority of them would lose their jobs . also sent links to said Directives have not had a response to that one,
    People are being taken to hell on a handcart someone has to make people wake up and smell the coffee.

  5. 5 blackswansblog 10/09/2013 at 6:01 am

    There should be a referendum on this! If the EU wins it, well that’s life. But if the EU’s supporters at Westminster lose it, then that should also close the issue – against GPO de-nationalization. Referendum victories on this & similar issues would soon shut the loathesome EU up. If it didn’t, then it would be Article 50 time.

    What other referendum issues might there be? The impeachment of some of the EU commissioners for a start – assuming that our poltroon Parliament is incapable of finding the gumption to initiate that itself. Vivienne Reding, who recently said Britain should be stripped of its veto powers over EU budgetary matters, would be an early candidate!


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