I’ve already voted to Leave.
These are the factors that I think are significant and form the reason for my vote.
1. The Euro. The Euro is an unmitigated disaster for the people of Europe. It has caused grave economic distortions which have impoverished the south (Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal) and those countries will never recover while they are in the Euro since their economies will not become German, and they will never be able to effect the internal deflation required by their levels of debt. Unable to inflate the debt away, and due to the mercantilist effects of having an overvalued currency they will never start growing again through exports so they will eventually collapse. The main beneficiary of this policy has been Germany, who have effectively been running a mercantilist foreign trade policy with a massively undervalued currency. That the Euro has been instigated by the elites in pursuit of all the trappings of statehood, while having these empirically determinable negative effects on vast part of their population, is evidence of the total failure of governance. This failure is a direct result of the undemocratic procedure by which laws are formulated and enacted.
2. The EU is Anti-Democratic. Terms like “anti-democratic” and “sovereignty” are dismissed as abstract by the Remainers. However, what sovereignty actually is, in its albeit imperfect way, is feedback to the decision making process within the government. Feedback is an essential component of intelligence. Sticking your hand in a flame when you can’t feel pain will lead to destruction of the tissue. A government with no feedback will have no way of correcting its errors, leading to destruction of the society it is tasked with administering. We long ago established individual property rights. This has been eroded by, for example, income tax (which is actually theft) but the general principle exists within our legal system that taxation is payment for something and contractual and therefore cannot be arbitrary and therefore cannot be levied without due process and representation within the parliament of the levying agency. These concepts have had strong economic benefits and are a major contributing factor to the economic success of the Anglo bloc (UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand). Evidence that lack of accountability is damaging is provided by …. The €uro. See above. Thus the argument that the EU is undemocratic is not based on little Englander national sovereignty but is intrinsically linked to accountability of the decision making for society and the resulting societal wellbeing, which is a direct result of such accountability.
3. Clearly the political aims of the EU take precedence over the economic. Economic benefit has always been the carrot, but the real aim is control of the resources of the member states by those who would dominate. That means Germany. Actually it means a rag tag of euro “ex” Marxist, statist lunatics (Merkel, Barroso etc..). Since democratic accountability would prevent that, the method used to aggregate this power must by definition be undemocratic in order to secure its aim. Since lack of accountability is damaging to the economic wellbeing of the subject, i.e. the member states that the dominators wish to dominate, the entire project has unobtainable aims since the necessary method (unaccountability) is actually antithetical to the stated aims (economic wellbeing). That those who are most enthusiastic about this do not understand this is most certainly true, but the fact that they don’t understand it, is exactly reason for not allowing them to try. If they truly are unaware that their actions can only have a negative outcome and they clearly deny or are happy to ignore the real empirical negative impacts of their choices, then based on this evidence, expecting any good to come of the EU is lunacy. Furthermore, based on this evidence, it is completely unrealistic to expect any other pattern from those in control since they don’t know they are doing anything wrong.
Hope is a fine thing. But hope in the face of considerable evidence of the futility of that hope is pathetic. I have voted Leave for the benefit of the people of Europe, and the benefit of the people of the UK.