The historic vote on 23rd June 2016 was for me, the culmination of a 21 year fight to free my country from the clutches of a failed project that had taken over my country and ruled it from inside Brussels. How could an Empire, on which the sun never set, have been brought to the brink of extinction as an independent entity?
The original idea of the EU was first floated in 1943, in Nazi occupied Europe by German Minister Von Rippontrop, in a proposal titled a European Confederation. This proposal, though never formally adopted, had at its core, themes of a common destiny of European peoples, aimed to ensure that war never breaks out between them, and of a trading partnership based on the principle of European preference. The proposal was of course never acted upon as Germany lost the war, but the idea of a European trading bloc never died.
Twelve years after the end of the war, the idea was reborn as the 1957 treaty of Rome which established the European Economic Community. Its aims were similar to that of Von Rippontrop’s original draft, but with the Third Reich, still a very painful memory all parallels were strongly denied.
The EEC established a common market and customs union the six founding members were Belgium France Italy, Luxemburg, The Netherlands and West Germany. The Trading partnership went well and other countries soon joined the club. Great Britain made several overtures to join the EEC but the attempts were rebuffed by French president and wartime leader General De Gaulle. Who feared the creation of a United States of Europe? However in 1973 Britain’s application to join the expanding EEC was accepted and British Prime Minister Edward Heath took us into the common market. However shortly after we joined, the expansion of the EEC and caused some worries. A common currency was proposed and this European Currency Unit (ECU) would eventually replace all national currencies.
This and other unification ideas caused some politicians to doubt the wisdom of remaining an EEC member; in 1975 the UK held a nationwide referendum on whether we should remain a member. The Press, TV and UK Government strongly supported remaining…
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