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For a thousand years the United Kingdom (for which also read England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland) was free, independent and trading with the rest of the known world.

For the past 40 years, the United Kingdom has been part of the European Union (EEC and EC).  The UK’s ability to act as a nation state is being increasingly constricted to the point where the EU now dominates the UK. Some independence is left, importantly the British currency, but every day more power and more control ebbs away to Brussels.

Since the days of Edward Heath, all British governments of whichever party have assumed and continue to assume that Britain must be at the heart of Europe.  They even claim that the UK can have a positive influence, beyond its limited voting powers, to change the EU for the better, that is towards a free market group of nations co-operating together.

The UK cannot.

Doubters maintain loudly that the UK is too small to prosper outside the EU, too small to go it alone.  Yet that belies our history, it belies the facts of our global trade and it belies the strength of our country.  It is also an insult to most countries of the world, smaller than the UK, which remain independent and free.

Propagandists claim the EU will safeguard peace in Europe, yet creating a political and economic union of disparate and diverse countries within a generation or two creates fissures and tensions that could erupt into serious and widespread civil unrest and has already done so in Greece.

They say that the advantages of being inside the EU are so obvious that few are willing even to discuss what life might be like outside the EU.  It is a given and beyond debate.

Yet the financial costs alone are huge, the regulatory costs restrict and even destroy British trade, farming and fishing.  It is no exaggeration to say that more than a million jobs have been lost because of Britain’s membership of the EU.  How much more than a million?  No one knows.  No meaningful cost-benefit analysis has ever been done.

The EU is not a recipe for prosperity.  It is not a recipe for jobs.

The EU is encroaching on our criminal justice system eroding English common law and slicing away our protections against an overweening state.

The EU is not a recipe for freedom.  It promotes the power of the state over citizens.

The Better Off Out campaign is here to encourage, support and promote a great national debate on this most critical issue of our time.  It is here to counter the narrow propaganda of the last decades, which has so sapped our national strength to be independent.  It is here to promote British freedom and prosperity.

‘The Ultimate Plan B: A Positive Vision of an independent Britain outside the EU’

The Freedom Association is pleased to bring you a new document produced with David Campbell Bannerman MEP on the case for a new relationship with the EU based on friendly trade, in the form of a UK/EU Free Trade Agreement, rather than political union. It seeks to do so in a calm, factual, measured and positive way, and is apolitical in approach. Positive Vision tackles some of the myths that hold us back from leaving, sets out why we should leave, and explains the process for leaving. It is the first time this kind of study has been undertaken so comprehensively.

If you would like to discuss the issues raised, or have any questions, please email David at david.campbellbannerman@europarl.europea.eu. If you would like hard copies of the booklet, we have limited print run copies available – please just send your request to Sheila Brow, David’s PA at: office@dcbmep.org or call 07796225237. Alternatively you can download a pdf of the pamphlet here.

To read the press release, click here. To read David’s piece on Positive Vision on Conservative Home, click here.