Latest EU arrogance reminds us why we're Eurosceptics

Right before Newark, the EU’s casual suggestions on how we should manage our own affairs are a timely reminder of what Euroscepticism is all about, and why we should get Britain out

Outgoing European Commission President Barroso's arrogance
Oliver Lane
On 4 June 2014 15:07

UKIP’s polarizing focus on issues like immigration has brought both controversy and criticism in the mainstream press, and electoral success at the polls. Although UKIP is unlikely to carry this winning streak into Newark on Thursday it remains a distinct possibility that they will be returned MPs in the General election next year.

Despite the furore surrounding neighbourly relations with Romanians and whether wishing to control immigration is actually racist or not, UKIP was founded on broadly libertarian principles, and this remains the most important factor under its purview.

Truth be told, there are not many areas left where the European Union does not have complete or partial control of British law. That the European Commission decided to ‘top up’ this influence by gently suggesting that the Government’s successful economic plan was the wrong way to approach the problem (despite heaps of contrary evidence on the continent) is audacious in the extreme.

It is this sort of interference, as well as the every-day erosion of sovereignty that UKIP was founded to counter. It could be considered mischievous to suggest that UKIP deliberately decided to pursue the immigration agenda after a decade of defeat at the polls, but it has certainly paid dividends.

To counter racist-brickbats it is essential to recognise this timely reminder of what Euroscepticism is all about.

Liberty and national sovereignty can be a difficult concept to sell in contrast to the woolly notion of pan-european socialism. But the fundamental belief in the primacy of the nation state and the right of people to be governed well and in the manner they choose is the key factor that unites Eurosceptics from all parties.

Now that UKIP is firmly on the national menu, it is time to get back to its roots and join with Eurosceptics from the Conservative and Democratic Unionist parties, as well as democratically-minded others in the European Parliament.

Oliver Lane is a Researcher for Get Britain Out

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