Inspired by the recent trickle of UKIP and EU threads and todays news that Germany 'would accept UK exit
from EU' to protect migration rules
I'm starting this OP to ask the general question of should we stay or should we go, and why?
My position is as follows:
I see little benefits for the UK paying billions each year to be members of the EU.
I no longer support automatic right of residence in the UK for unskilled workers or benefit claimants from poorer EU nations. I do not support the
free movement of people which is increasing (net) the UK population by 200,000+ each year.
I do not support the extra strains this causes the NHS and state schools.
I support trading agreements with the EU and any other nations, and Germany will still wish to sell BMW's & Mercedes cars to us if we leave the EU.
Trade tariff fears? It cuts both ways. I support visa free/friendly travel but no automatic right to work, claim benefits, or access healthcare etc,
unless the UK has a need for the skills of the prospective worker.
The UK of course benefits from some
immigration, and a points sytem similar to Canada, Australia or NZ is the model I wish for my country. I
have no particular axe to grind with any unskilled worker from the EU but I do not support the increased competition such workers create for unskilled
UK workers, nor the mass numbers of people this adds to the population.
I know a decent bloke who has bought two houses in his Eastern EU nation, just from labouring on building sites here in the UK. He shares a room in a
multiple occupancy rented house and sends most of his money back to his home nation. He is not unique, and as a human being I totally understand his
plan and would do exactly the same if I was in his position.
I am not in his position though, and do not support his right to be able to do so.
I am voting UKIP in the election next year, and while realistic that they will be unlikely to form a government, I am hopeful that enough votes their
way will force a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU. In the event of such a referendum I shall vote for the UK to leave, or if there is
agreement to end the free movement of workers & benefit claimants then I would consider that as a desirable third option. Judging from the comments
from Germany though, I suspect in/out is going to be the choice, and I choose out.
Please share your own thoughts on the UK's membership of the EU and your intentions in the coming election/referendum, but lets not go down the silly
racist track in this topic, there is enough of that in the other threads and a desire for controlled
immigration which is equal to the UK's
relationship with non-EU nations is well, not racist, it's sensible.