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Who will you be voting for in the European Elections?

More than 400 million people are eligible to vote in this month’s European Parliament elections, in one of the biggest democratic exercises in the world. 

Due to the uncertainty around how the Brexit negotiations will play out the European Commission has insisted that the UK take part in European Parliamentary Elections on 23rd May.

Britain is divided up into 12 regional constituencies, which elect from three to 10 MEPs, depending on the size of their electorate.

The candidates contesting the elections have now been confirmed.

Who will vote for in the European Elections?

BREXIT PARTY
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CONSERVATIVE
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LABOUR
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LIBERAL DEMOCRATS
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GREEN
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UKIP
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SNP
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CHANGE UK
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PLAID CYMRU
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NORTHERN IRELAND PARTIES
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ANOTHER PARTY
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I WILL NOT BE VOTING
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Based on 8082 public votes.

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Bald123
28th May 2019
2
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It must be the Green party. Unless we all wake up and save the environment and stop pouring carbon into the atmosphere we are all doomed.
pip2
25th May 2019
3
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What does the European Parliament do?

1. The power to legislate. For most things, both the Council (the 28 national governments) and the European Parliament, must both agree.

2. The power of the purse. The European Parliament accepts or rejects the budget. It has to approve the report of the Court of Auditors.

3. The power of supervision. The presidents of the European Central Bank, and the European Commission, both have to report to the EP.

Appointments to the Commission have to face a panel of MEPs before they take their jobs. They're called confirmation hearings. They're public.

More like this? "The European Parliament - the Citizens' Voice in the EU". From EU Publications Office. Easy to find online.

See also, "The European Union explained - how the European Union works". Also from EU Publications Office. Accurate. Easy to find online. Search for that title.
MartinS6
23rd May 2019
4
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The original vote was largely based upon a lie relating to diverting the money to NHS funding. Farage personally supports a move to an American style insurance-based system that will put those services beyond the means of millions. The devil is always in the detail.
pip2
23rd May 2019
6
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Voting Lib Dem today because a vote for Europe is a vote for the rule of law.

Everything to do with the EU is based on the rule of law.

All must be equal in the eyes of the law. That's vital to a free and fair society.

Free movement of people within EU has been good for the UK.

Being in EU gives you rights and opportunities.

My oldest stepchild is now 13. In just three years she'll be able to register to vote.

I want her to have the same chances as all the other boys and girls her age in all the other EU countries.

I have friends in France, in Sweden. My golf friend is married to a woman from Bulgaria. At Pulse of Europe in High Wycombe I have friends from Germany, Italy...

This is modern Europe.

John Major said it was a moral duty to bring the central and eastern European countries in because they had suffered under Communism for so long.

We used to have the generals in Greece, dictatorship in Spain, dictatorship in Portugal, the Iron Curtain, the Berlin Wall. Now we have 28 democracies working together.

I'm voting for Lib Dems. Whoever you choose, choose Europe.
Bald123
28th May 2019
2
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Looks like Labour wish they had Lib Dems policy now! It was a winner
MickB25
23rd May 2019
0
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pip2 you have your view and i have mine
pip2
25th May 2019
2
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My name is Phil Jones, not pip2.

So why do you feel the way that you feel?
SusieC3
22nd May 2019
9
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What is wrong with the UK? I am ashamed of my generation. Have you all forgotten how facists get a foothold?
Farage tells you what you want to hear. He speaks of making Britain great again. He tells you we are being invaded by swarms of migrants stealing your jobs and your hospital beds.
It’s not true. The mans a proven liar.
He is already back-pedalling, “ I never said Brexit would make us better off” he recently said. One of the Brexit party candidates said that Brexit will take us 30 years to get over but it’s “worth it for sovereignty”
Your grandchildren will not thank you for blighting their working lives.
Think hard about what you are doing.
leisuretime
22nd May 2019
1
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I do not believe it will make much difference which ever way we vote tomorrow, nothing will help us get out of the mess our government has now inflicted on us. We all voted the first time round after being told a pack of lies, there is no way we can go back to how we were before joining the EU, the majority of people who are voting tomorrow can not remember a time when it we were not in the common market. Batter the devil they know , than these pipe dreams that some seniors are wishing for. life move forward not backwards.
I myself would on one hand love a second referendum, but if that happens it is so very very wrong, democracy will at that point go completely out of the window. because we did vote out, rightly or wrongly, and out means out,
I am hoping tomorrow vote will bring everybody to their senses , I hope both of the main parties, suffer, and that once the vote is over , ALL politicians learn to listen and work together, to get the country back to some sort of sanity
123Siobhan
22nd May 2019
4
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Well said, I despair for the young of this country and what the older generation has done to them.
SylviaW48
23rd May 2019
2
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I cannot agree that a second referendum would be wrong. If that were so, the referendum in 2016 was undemocratic as we voted to stay IN in 1975. If a second referendum (i.e. 2016) was democratic, how can a third one not be? If we revoke A50 without a third referendum, many leavers will cry foul. This is despite the fact that we now know that the 2016 vote was not binding on the government and that the leave campaign broke the law to a very large extent and was essentially fraudulent.
I do agree that politicians need to learn to cooperate with each other and with the populace, much as they do in the European Parliament.
SylviaW48
22nd May 2019
6
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Given the target audience of this site, it is hardly surprising that Quitling parties appear to be doing well. Thankfully, many younger people will be voting to preserve their future rights and opportunities by staying IN the EU.
Pier8
22nd May 2019
-1
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They might not be so keen when they find themselves or their children and grandchildren are conscripted in to the EU Army.
Onecott
22nd May 2019
0
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Well said , I totally agree.
pip2
22nd May 2019
0
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You mean Permanent Structured Cooperation on defence.

It's voluntary.

National sovereignty is not affected.

Have you read the PESCO notice?

tinyurl.com/pesco-notice
marsh wader
22nd May 2019
2
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Whoops I mean't to vote thumbs up!
pip2
23rd May 2019
2
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Thank you Marsh Wader.

This evening, went out canvassing with Lib Dems in High Wycombe. I am Phil Jones.

Met a man who said at the doorstep the old nonsense about the EU accounts.

The first report of the European Court of Auditors was for the financial year 1977-78.

It said there were things wrong. Like a number of Belgian francs "incorrectly classified on the balance sheet". Even the furniture was audited.

The Court has 'signed off' the EU's accounts every year since 2007.

It's part of the EU but independent and its credibility depends on its independence. eca.europa.eu.
Pier8
23rd May 2019
0
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National sovereignty is not affected because there will be no such thing. Have you not heard Guy Verhofstatt ranting in the EU Parliament that nations must give up their sovereignty, like Merkel making speeches to the same effect?
The EU moves by stealth and they are patient.
This is the bloodless WW3.

You can believe what you like, that's your right, but there was a majority to leave in the referendum andnd there will be a huge majority in the vote later today for Brexit. Brexit will happen.
pip2
23rd May 2019
2
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The EU publishes everything agreed.

That's what the Official Journal of the European Union is for.

Published in the sight of the world.

That's how to build trust.

As for sovereignty... being in the European Union of course affects your sovereignty. For instance, government ministers have agreed democratically a ban on gold from North Korea's banks.

But the point is that sovereignty is not lost, it is transferred.

Whose law says that British people who live in Spain and work in Gibraltar must be able to cross the border freely?

Not British law. British law doesn't apply in Spain. That's why we have EU law. It's a good thing.

How do you give the EU new powers? Every national leader and every national parliament must agree.

The EU is only about the things that are cross-border or can only be best done together. Like the fight against illegal fishing.

Everything else, like schools, and planning permission, and the benefit system... is all the job of each country.

Please see "How the European Union works" from EU Publications Office.
Pier8
23rd May 2019
-2
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You say "sovereignty is not lost, it is transferred".
Hundreds of thousands of people gave their lives to stop the UK being transferred to Europe (aka Germany). Many of them would be the same generation or parents and grandparents generations of the members of this site.
You can quote chapter and verse of every damn EU regulation you like, which in itself casts doubt on your authenticity, I will never vote to stay in the EU. The sheer contempt that the EU has shown to the UK since June 16 is enough. EU staffers recorded as saying the the May Treaty keeps the UK as a colony is proof enough.
I don't think many reading this site have yet to make their minds up (evidence the poll on this post) on how they are going to vote today. Just in case you are not sure, if you value your freedom, even if it's only freedom from the man that can quote every rule in the massive EU rule book, you have to vote for a leave candidate today.

To Pip2, I have read your comments and replies to others on here. Quite frankly your ability to quote EU regulations with chapter and verse, provide links, use semantics (lose and transfer) very scary indeed. Little red book springs to mind. It all smacks of a totalitarian state.

At first they came for..........
ChrisH43
23rd May 2019
2
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pip2
24th May 2019
3
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The EU has been patient. Principled. Organised.

More care for this country. And Ireland.

The European Union is a legal organisation.

The integrity of EU law must be protected. That is entirely reasonable. It has taken sixty years to build.

I have been studying EU law in my own time for three years.
pip2
25th May 2019
3
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My name is Phil Jones, not pip2. I live in High Wycombe and I will be in High Wycombe high street at 2 pm on Sunday 2 June. Look for the EU flags everywhere 🙂

I'm really sorry to hear that from pier8 or whatever his or her real name is.

The European Union is about doing things at the lowest possible level. Only the minimum. Only where it makes sense to work together.

The only powers the EU has, are given to it by its members.

You know, it's such a tragic attitude of pier8, isn't it?

This country has signed up to work together with our friends, neighbours and allies. That's what the EU is for.

Directives are agreed democratically. By the member countries. Every one published. With how it has been made. Every one saying why it is there. Always for a good reason.

All of it talked about in the European Parliament. That's what we're electing people to do.

Good people like Catherine Bearder, Richard Corbett, and Molly Scott-Cato, and Seb Dance. Who I have met.

And directives are up to each country to choose how to implement for itself. That's why EU law is small compared to national law.

Yes the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive is a pretty big piece of work.

But that's small, compared to things like the "British tax code" that's an "incredible 17,000 pages long" (source: The Guardian).

People like Donald Tusk have been patient. Stoic. Even *kind*. Because of the predicament of this country.

And then you have people like pier8 thinking the EU is somehow like revolutionary communist China that starved its own people to death and murdered dissidents.

How many famines has the EU caused? How many political prisoners has the EU got?

The EU supports human rights and freedom and justice and food security and environment.

The comparison from 'pier8' is offensive, obscene, pitiful, sad.

Does pier8 realise that the rest of the world can read English? How do you think people in Germany who I have met and who send me supportive emails feel?

What's off-the-scale odd about the pier8 comment is it's saying it's somehow wrong to know something about what you're talking about?

I've done is some basic research and somehow that is bad? Where do you go from there?

There are quite a few EU regulations and stuff? Well, surprise, helping to run a continent is a big job.

The single market, for instance. "By far the deepest, most advanced, there's nothing else like it on the planet". That's what Michael Dougan of the University of Liverpool has said.

But have I quoted "chapter and verse" on every one? Of course not. What a strange comment?
marsh wader
22nd May 2019
7
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Please think before you vote for the Brexit party. What they are pushing for is a no deal Brexit. This will be catastrophic for the UK in many ways. Firstly our biggest trading partner is Europe. No where else in the world would be have such a convenient group of individual countries where we can trade freely. With a no deal Brexit we will have Trump's America champing at the bit to trade on their terms (they are bigger than us, incase you aren't aware) pushing up prices of medications and trying to get in via the back door to privatise the NHS. As a silver surfer you must be in the Autumn on your lives, as indeed I am and this could directly affect you and me. There are shortages of medicines especially to vulnerable groups in America as it stands. Already certain prescriptions are not be processed in the UK because of the direct threat of Brexit. These could be yours or your loved ones vital medications that without may cause an early death.

Then please think about the sorts of things Farage and his team has been saying recently. There is a desire to privatise the NHS using an insurance style scheme. What happens if you are a pensioner on a state pension with no savings? That could be you! How will you pay? One if not more of their team, thinks it is okay to watch child pornography! Do you think that is a victimless crime? Think hard and do your research.

There has been correlations between the lack of trust in politics as we are experiencing now and the rise of the far right, as happened prior to Nazi Germany. Don't just take my word for it, read this enlightened article from the Guardian .https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/16/brexit-britain-weimar-germany-far-right-democracy-contempt-politicians?CMP=share_btn_fb&fbclid=IwAR2IFoLgSJh_8yeZuHaw3IZopcWUTmahQCnttSzH8jcH0d_dWHi5z1c30Hs

Your parents, as my parents fought against fascism in the Second World War and how it is raising its ugly head again. Are you going to encourage that or think outside the box and stand up and stop it? Especially if all your information you glean is from the rightwing tabloid press; The Daily Express and The Daily Mail. These are two papers who have spread lies and hatred for years. Their agenda is to look after wealthy magnates who don't want to loose their offshore wealth under the new directives from the EU. They couldn't care a monkey about you!

Then think about Sovereignty, we never have nor will we loose our sovereignty. We are all individual sovereign countries within the EU. Many of the lies spread by the tabloid press over the years have been designed to get you enraged and vote for Brexit.

Now think about your children and grandchildren's future. By stopping free movement in Europe that also affects them. They will not be able to travel for work or education if we go for a no deal Brexit. We will also loose a huge amount of NHS staff who are European nationals and this will directly affect our care within the NHS. I am a retired NHS professional. My daughter and her husband are GPs and say they cannot attract GPs or good Practice Nurses anymore. We are not training enough, and the without the European professionals being able to work in our NHS we will all suffer, including you.

I said before Will Self the expression, "not all Brexiteers are racist, but every racist voted for Brexit"! Think about that and search your conscience. Is that what you did? Without Europeans in the UK, we will attract many more people from Asia and China because we haven't enough professional staff. We may well need migrant workers from Asia and the like to pick your fruit and vegetables because the British cannot be bothered to do so.

So please think what Michael Hesletine has said when he said our generation have betrayed the younger generation. It will take 30 years for life to improve to the standard we had. You and I will be long dead, but think of your children and grandchildren and preferably vote for a party that will offer and further referendum where the information is the truth, not lies.
Bluebell2
22nd May 2019
2
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Well goodness, an intelligent and informed comment, instead of the usual knee jerk responses I have come to expect from Silversurfers. Just look at the poll, this age group is sadly full of racists, whipped up by the tabloids. Incredibly, they believe everything they read, and I’m afraid will take no notice of your plea. Thank you for trying though.
veronica6
22nd May 2019
2
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Hear hear .. I totally agree with Marsh Wader
marsh wader
22nd May 2019
1
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Thank you Bluebell2! There are a huge number of people over 6o (many who are my friends) who are well read, educated and enlightened and can see the problems facing us, but are there enough to tip the balance?
Jonsi74
22nd May 2019
1
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pip2
23rd May 2019
1
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Well I realise before 2016 I was clueless about EU.

Citizens' rights.

Citizens of other EU countries in the UK.
British in Europe.

Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Good Friday Agreement.

Gibraltar.

The single market. The customs union.

The EU democratic system.

Farming, regional development, chemicals, science, copyrights, intellectual property, electronics standards, fishing, fundamental rights, judicial and security cooperation, consumer protections, air and sea safety, food safety, animal welfare, environment, satnavs, wildlife, financial services, competition rules, asylum, migration...

I'd not thought about any of this stuff.

Did you know that part of the GDPR is the way that it is, because someone in Spain took Google to court in the EU court?

Did you know that there's an EU project to help nuclear decommissioning in Bulgaria, Lithuania and Slovakia?

Did you know there's an EU project for peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland?

Did you know that all customs posts on the island of Ireland were no longer needed in 1993 because the EU single market came in?

Did you know that the Good Friday Agreement was made with the help of the Americans as well?

Did you know the EU budget is small? It's limited to 1.23% of Europe's Gross National Income. See EU budget 2017 financial report.

What are the top two expenses of the EU? Farming and regional development. A third of the budget each. Admin about 7%.

Did you know the EU cannot exceed its powers? The only things the EU does in this country... are in the policy areas where prime ministers and Parliament have decided to allow.
rjc1944
22nd May 2019
0
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Brilliant! Let's hope tomorrow's vote reflects this poll.
JimP9
22nd May 2019
3
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Scotland needs to be in the European Union, please Don't let the BREXITEERS WIN.
ChristineH442
22nd May 2019
-1
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Scotland needs to be OUT of the EU - please DO vote for a Brexit Party.
GretaB
22nd May 2019
10
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I see Farage is being investigated. They really don't want him eligible to win. They are afraid.
Jakki
22nd May 2019
6
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They said they were checked last week by the Electoral Commission & were passed but they didn't give them the result in writing. A bit suspicious that they are now 'investigating' again on the say-so of someone who is obviously trying to stop the Brexit Party from winning. After all the fuss made after the 2016 win, do they really think Nigel Farage would risk any possibility of illegal fundings scuppering this EU election victory?
Derekh
22nd May 2019
-1
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Farage is a low grade con man . He received almost half a million from Arron Banks for his personal use after the referendum - car plus chauffer, mega rent for his mansion etc and Banks got his money from Putin.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/21/eu-investigate-nigel-farage-failure-declare-expenses-arron-banks ,

The svengali type character is a sucessful con man mind but no where near as clever as Putin's boys .
To be effective as a conman one needs victims . Whereas a great number are in denial I take great pleasure in the fact that I can still spot a con despite the advancing years .
EileenC39
22nd May 2019
5
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I'm voting Bretix. I'm so angry with our Government and embarrassed by them. I voted to leave and all I've had from the MPs is insults about my intelligence. I voted against joining the EU we don't need them and they certainly don't deserve our loyalty.
AprilD8
22nd May 2019
-1
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I voted to leave EU that was before all the dirty tricks and government exposing themselves as Traitors to the people of Britain which just reinforces 17.5 Million people were right to say we want to leave
44freckles
22nd May 2019
-3
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Well said Eileen. Entirely agree with you.
pip2
22nd May 2019
2
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The European Parliament cares about this country. And Ireland.

Example: the debate on 28 June 2016 about the referendum result. tinyurl.com/hapsdkq

It has *published* its impact studies. As Richard Corbett MEP has said.

The European Council has been consistent, principled, organised.

Look at the European Commission's work. "Essential principles on citizens' rights". "Essential principles on financial settlement". "Notices to Stakeholders".

Look at the way everything agreed at EU meetings is published. Look at the EU Publications Office. "The European Union explained" series.

The EU has earned my trust.
marsh wader
22nd May 2019
0
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What has the EU done so negatively to you? What have you lost?
pip2
23rd May 2019
1
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Thank you MW.

Have you heard of the Balance of Competences Review? tinyurl.com/balcomp

The largest study ever done in Europe of what EU membership means for a country.

It heard from doctors, farmers, scientists, businessmen, factory owners, all sorts.

The result was, in all kinds of ways, EU membership is helpful. There are some quirks and frustrations that you get because of being part of a bigger thing.

Have you seen Vidar Helgesen's 2015 article for Open Democracy? A "Norwegian view". About security in today's world. It's more important than trade and why security "should be placed at the heart of the debate".

Last week I was invited to the European Citizens' Meeting in Kassel, Germany. Stayed with a host family. It was all amazing. People I met there said that seeing the House of Commons debates on German TV for the first time was "astonishing" because of the traditions for one thing.

The people in Kassel I met said they are worried about "the far-right" in Europe and could not have made me more welcome.
pip2
25th May 2019
2
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Hey, AprilDB. Enough of the language.

That kind of talk has no place in a democracy like ours.

Not happy with the UK's EU membership? Sorry to hear it. So tell us why.

Maybe we can do something about it. Maybe the thing you're worried about is actually a complete misunderstanding or bad reporting in the press.
pip2
25th May 2019
2
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Thank you MW and how do people in Germany feel when they hear 'Rule Britannia'?

Well, a woman in Kassel in Germany told me over pizza in an Italian restaurant, "Rule Britannia gave me the creeps".
pip2
30th May 2019
1
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AprilD8 said this so-many-millions figure we have heard countless times before.

How many of those actually support EU but:

1. wanted to say "no to David Cameron"?
2. wanted to "make a protest"?
3. wanted the stay side "not to win by too much"?
4. did it for "a joke"? Yes, really, a joke?

I have met people who have said all of 1 2 and 3 to me.
BillP83
22nd May 2019
-4
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After all the lies that were told by the Brexiteers have been exposed and their blatant misuse of funds revealed by the Electoral Commission, I cannot believe that people still want to leave the EU.
pip2
23rd May 2019
1
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Yes and the incredible misuse of Facebook.

The 'dark money' ads. The ads that only some Facebook users saw.

Have you seen the Carole Cadwalladr TED video?

Did you see the wraparound ad put on the Evening Standard newspaper on 23 June 2016? It had the DUP logo on it.

The DUP, the party no-one had heard of, from Northern Ireland. What was their logo doing on an advert in London? Who paid for the ad? Where did the money come from?
Ryder
22nd May 2019
9
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My vote goes to the Brexit party as a protest against the Tory MP.s who have shown their disregard for the people that put them in parliament. They do not believe in democracy so should be voted out of their seats. Wake up voters, this present Tory party is not fit to govern.
marsh wader
22nd May 2019
4
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If you support Brexit, knowing the referendum had been officially declared fraudulent, knowing that the main promises have been proven to be false, know that the generations living with this mess voted against it...
You don't believe in democracy. You just believe in Brexit.
pip2
22nd May 2019
2
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Thank you Marsh Wader. I recognise the quote from Femi. I've met Femi several times at the protest outside Parliament with Stephen Bray. Femi is fantastic, right? 🙂
pip2
23rd May 2019
0
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The Tory MP for Wycombe has shown his disregard for me.

I wanted to stay in the EU in 2016 and even more so now.

Voting Lib Dem to safeguard our future and our neighbours.
ChristineN6
22nd May 2019
3
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Brexit party. They are the only ones I trust to do what's best for Britain.
marsh wader
22nd May 2019
3
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If you support Brexit, knowing the referendum had been officially declared fraudulent, knowing that the main promises have been proven to be false, know that the generations living with this mess voted against it...
You don't believe in democracy. You just believe in Brexit.
Jakki
22nd May 2019
0
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Where has it 'officially' been declared fraudulent?
Jonsi74
22nd May 2019
3
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Jonsi74
22nd May 2019
1
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Brexit: Vote Leave broke electoral law, says Electoral Commission http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-44856992
pip2
23rd May 2019
1
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"Fined and referred to the police for breaking electoral law". Please see Electoral Commission.

Now there is a complaint about the Electoral Commission itself.

Failing to make it easy for citizens of other EU countries in the UK to get their right to vote in this European Parliament election.
ChristineN6
23rd May 2019
0
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Democracy means abiding by the majority, which was leave the UK. Besides this poll is about EU elections, not Brexit
owlston3
22nd May 2019
7
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That poll is looking good.
Joan Sally
22nd May 2019
9
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We voted out. The sooner the better!
pip2
22nd May 2019
2
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I didn't.

Nor did all the people from all the other EU countries who have loved this country for so long. Because they were denied a voice.

Nor did British abroad more than 15 years. They were denied a voice as well.

If you lived in Gibraltar, or along the Irish border, would you say that?
Jonsi74
22nd May 2019
1
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What does ‘out’ mean Joan?
ChristineMc
22nd May 2019
8
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lets hope the government take note of how we feel
pip2
25th May 2019
1
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After being ignored by the government for three years it would be nice if they would listen to the people who support EU.
Bcob
22nd May 2019
17
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As a lifelong Conservative, who voted to LEAVE the EU, I will now vote for the Brexit party as it seems that is the only way to ensure leaving! The conservatives should be ashamed of themselves and I will no longer vote for them. All parties should respect the 2016 referendum. I am not racist or far right.
marsh wader
22nd May 2019
1
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If you support Brexit, knowing the referendum had been officially declared fraudulent, knowing that the main promises have been proven to be false, know that the generations living with this mess voted against it...
You don't believe in democracy. You just believe in Brexit.
BasilF
22nd May 2019
7
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Brexit party you can trust the others are a big con
marsh wader
22nd May 2019
2
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If you support Brexit, knowing the referendum had been officially declared fraudulent, knowing that the main promises have been proven to be false, know that the generations living with this mess voted against it...
You don't believe in democracy. You just believe in Brexit.
TrudyLS
31st May 2019
-1
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what world are you living in ??
MickB25
22nd May 2019
8
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theresa may is a traitor and should be treated as such she is destroying the conservative party and the country
pip2
23rd May 2019
0
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Less of that kind of language please.

We have civilised ways of deciding things in this country.

We need the closest possible cooperation with the rest of continental Europe and Ireland in all kinds of ways.

European Movement UK says the best way is membership of the European Union.
pip2
25th May 2019
3
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May has been incompetent and has put forward proposals that could never work or be accepted.

But the over-the-top language of 'mickb25' just isn't on.

It is totally undemocratic to use that kind of language. It is wrong.
DorothyF21
22nd May 2019
6
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I vote Brexit it’s the best for Britain.
pip2
23rd May 2019
0
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The best deal with EU, is membership of EU.
jentie51
22nd May 2019
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I am horrified that so many of my peer group are voting for Nigel Farage's party. Read up about the man - he is a charlaton of the highest order, offering snake oil rather than a genuine solution.

Q: What are his policies?
A: None.
Q: What does the party's manifesto contain?
A: There isn't one.

Are we, the older generation so racist & xenophobic that we will risk throwing away easy access to the world's largest & most successful trading block & the peace that has existed throughout Europe since the formation of the Common Market/European Union? Freedom of movement, to travel & seek employment throughout the union & employ the best people? And for what? Linking more closely with the USA & what is currently a nightmare scenario with Trump at the helm?

The younger generation will hold us (though not me - I'm voting for sanity) responsible for what is surely to pass.

I'm usually an optimistic individual, but I tremble in fear. Just hope, that if the hard right win through, that my worst fears are unjustified.
Leggseleven
22nd May 2019
14
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For all I appreciate your right to an opinion please refrain from calling those who support Farage as racist and xenophobic!
Or I may use my opinion to call you something far worse.
Katasha
22nd May 2019
-10
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Personally I wouldn’t vote for Farage and I too am horrified at the results in this poll. These must be all older voters. Some manifestos have been published and if you google the EU elections there is a lead to them. At the weekend the SNP and Conservative were not available but many of the others are there. Please take time to read them.
LinG
22nd May 2019
-3
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MeggieO
22nd May 2019
14
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The reason that the Brexit Party doesn’t yet have a manifesto ,is that a manifesto is only for domestic policy and as yet ,they have not fought in a General Election ...in fact the Party is less than 6 weeks old and have managed to secure more than 100,000 supporters .
As for your comments on the EU being the biggest trading block , it’s only a quarter of the trade available , whereas we could have trade arrangements with the rest of the world available to us if we were not shackled by the many rules and regulations forced upon us .
As for the truth about the formation of the EU , there is much written about the original plans proving that it has little to do with trade but more about unifying the whole of Europe under one set of Laws , and one Parliament making those Laws ( there are many publications including Pan Europe , The Unification of Europe,The United States of Europe and the European Project , as well as their own literature on the many Laws and Rules of the EU ) as originally planned .The “peace” that has existed through Europe since the last war has been thanks to NATO and not the EU , although several politicians have tried to give credit to them ( it seems to slip their mind about the terrible conflicts have occurred in many european countries including Bosnia , Albania,Kosovo , Macedonia and Chechnya )...not so peaceful for many ...
And as for the youth and their future , surely protecting democracy for them , and the freedom to make their own choices is more important ..., to enjoy the freedoms that we have and not to be conscripts in an Army that Britain has no say over ( it’s all there in their plans and rules ) ...
Wanting us to remain a Sovereign Nation does not mean that we are racist and xenophobic, in fact many of us have family members from many nations ( I have 15 different nationalities in my family ) , people from all across Europe and the wider world and we all get on wonderfully ...we may have different cultures and opinions , yet everyone is loving and together and are neither are hard left or hard right as you have labelled people with a different opinion to yours
jentie51
22nd May 2019
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jentie51
22nd May 2019
0
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Oops, I clicked thumbs up in error - so please ignore.
Wilf
22nd May 2019
3
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The only problem is as you say the EU is 25% of world trade, USA is 25% and they have their own agenda and China is 30% and they have their own agendas. Not a lot left-Africa, South America?
Jakki
22nd May 2019
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Well put MeggieO, Couldn't have said it better myself! 🙂
TrudyLS
22nd May 2019
3
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your accusation of xenophobia and racism does not help your myopic view of the world. It is not necessary to be part of the eu to do any of the things you mention.
ChrisK17
22nd May 2019
1
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ChrisK17
22nd May 2019
3
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Please explain how we are not a sovereign nation now.. 80% of our laws have zero influence from EU and we have voted against a tiny % of EU law since joining - almost all of it on technicalities. Name me one regulation or law that negatively impacts you or family or 1 you want to see changed.
jentie51
22nd May 2019
-4
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CeliaD
22nd May 2019
-2
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CeliaD
22nd May 2019
-3
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We actually only export 8% of our goods to the EU. But we import much more, putting us into a negative, a trade deficit.
oscarsmum08
22nd May 2019
-2
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My thoughts exactly, very well said!
Wilf
22nd May 2019
2
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It was actually 44% of our total exports in 2017
bartie2399
22nd May 2019
1
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I agree with everything you say, especially the pathetic remoaners argument that, "the Brexit Party doesn’t yet have a manifesto," The reason you give for this is not rocket science and can easily be worked out by anyone of average intelligence. Their pathetic argument is proof, if it were needed, that they are desperate but unable to come up with any cohesive argument worthy of grown-up debate. In five years time when we are out and booming, every remoaner will swear on his/her life that they were always leavers right from the start. They actually believe that they will not be able to go on their annual p*ssup to Benidorm because of Brexit. As one old enough to remember life before the EU, I remember driving from North wales back to my army unit in Germany for many years and being waved through customs at Belgium, Holland, and Germany, by holding up my British passport. Should that change, it will change for them as well and they will not be happy. None of the remoaners doomsday scenarios will be one way. Anything they do to us, they do to themselves. They won't like it up 'em, Mr Mainwaring! Stop flapping people, it will be fine.
marsh wader
22nd May 2019
1
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Thank goodness there is one voice of reason. I too am terrified.
marsh wader
22nd May 2019
2
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He is dangerous, and those that follow him are fools. Do your research and please do not take our country in this direction where he amongst other thins will privatise the NHS. He has strong connections with the far right in Europe and also as we all know has a good relationship with Trump. My father fought against the fascists in the last war, maybe yours did too. Be very careful what you wish for.
marsh wader
22nd May 2019
3
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Exactly! I am an older person and passionately against our country leaning towards far right politics and away from Europe. So there are some like me! As Michael Hesletine said recently, our generation are betraying the younger generations. It will take 30 years for us to recover economically. xx
ARG
22nd May 2019
3
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I appreciate that not all who support Farage or UKIP are xenophobes and/or racists, but as someone elsewhere pointed out, those who are racists and xenophobes probably do support him.
ARG
22nd May 2019
0
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That's right! We won the war didn't we! ( With the help of the Russians, America, India, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and many others.
Oh, and a BAOR lable on your vehicle helped with border crossings in those days.
marsh wader
22nd May 2019
-2
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But that is the truth about Farage and his team. (One therefore thinks that those who wish to vote for him have the same views, otherwise why would you vote for him?) Which is more than can be said about the lies he peddled on the bus and the huge posters lying about mass immigration.
Wilf
22nd May 2019
0
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Its all madness you just could not have written a book about this 10 years ago
pip2
22nd May 2019
0
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Does NATO run a court to settle disputes peacefully?

Does it support farmers?

Does it help manage fish stocks fairly?

Does it help licence medicines?

Does it negotiate a shared trade policy?

Does it support non-discrimination, equality, human rights, the rule of law?

Does it enforce fair competition across Europe?
pip2
23rd May 2019
-1
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Well it depends how you count and a lot of EU rules aren't really laws in any meaningful way.

Like, for instance, EU regulations defining symbols for chemicals. So that there is one set of chemical labels across Europe to help reduce accidents.

And it depends on the policy area.

In farming, EU things like rules to stop diseases spreading affect farms quite a lot. There's the Single Farm Payment and the Agricultural Guarantee Fund and the Agricultural Fund for Rural Development...

All this agreed democratically by farm ministers and by the European Parliament.

Did you know EU funding also helps to pay for nature reserves?

In defence, hardly affected at all by anything EU.
pip2
23rd May 2019
-1
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But the UK has an 80% services economy and services is completely related to European Union.

There are four freedoms in the single market. Free movement of people, goods, services and capital (money).
pip2
23rd May 2019
0
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You drove through Germany?

Did you set up a business?

Did you vote and stand in local and European elections?

Did you run into trouble with the law? Did you get consistent legal protections in that case?

Were your family able to join you while you were employed in Germany?

Were you able to take a case to the Court of Justice of the EU while you were in Germany about your privacy rights?

Were you protected against discrimination so you had the right to be treated equally while you were in Germany?

Could you take your money with you?

How easily could you compare prices across borders?

How much did you spend on changing money?

Did you run a haulage business? Did you benefit from not having to list everything in the lorry? But open borders inside Europe are not at the expense of security.
Leggseleven
24th May 2019
0
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Ok, I have seriously had enough. I am entitled to my own opinion! Because I want to leave the EU DOES NOT make me xenophobic or racist! Those who label me as such are clearly doing so to deliberately cause offence! YOU ARE WHAT IS WRONG WITH OUR BELOVED COUNTRY!
pip2
30th May 2019
2
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Jentie51 mentioned "the peace that has existed throughout Europe since the formation of the Common Market/European Union".

Why is it necessary to be part of the EU for that peace? Why is TrudyLS wrong?

Because the peace needs a court.

To settle disputes in court.

Disputes to do with the cross-border issues that are covered by the agreements. Like protecting wildlife eg Birds Directive.

Here's an example. Birds Directive and Malta. That's a dispute that's been going on for at least ten years. Perhaps it's now near to being put right.

Instead of the old way. The old way of royal marriages and shifting alliances and the threat of violence. The old way that led to two world wars and the Holocaust.

Now we have a shared court. With judges in it from every member country.

We have a shared body of law.

We have an elected House with real powers. The European Parliament. To bring the people of Europe together.

We have an independent group of people to work for Europe as a whole. The European Commission. With people in it from every member country.

We have some enforcement of the shared law that's been agreed. With the help of the Commission and the court.

There were six founding members. There should have been seven founding members in 1957. The UK should have been one of them.

The UK should have been in from the beginning. The Coal and Steel Community set up in 1949.

The peace needs a court. Why? To answer questions about the shared body of law. And then, the rulings of the court must be honoured.

That's how it works and it seems fair to me.

The UK should sign the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

The UK should sign the "Treaty on Stability and Governance" and help bring it into EU law.

The UK should renounce the United Kingdom Correction and start paying its fair share.

Since the UK joined in 1973 (after more than ten years of trying) the UK has been a respected country. The UK is one of the big four.

It's time for the UK to be doing everything to support the EU, with its membership of EU.
TrudyLS
31st May 2019
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what a load of codswallop. what keeps us at peace with the rest of the world. being part of the club is irrelevant. I don't hate my neighbours because they are not in the same social club as me. Your wasting your time trying to convince me you know what your talking about
TrudyLS
31st May 2019
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the biggest lies are those told by all the MPs who stood on a manifesto to support leaving. Not to mention those told and written by people who just want to stay in the eu no matter what , destroying democracy and trust.
TrudyLS
31st May 2019
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guess what, there are racist and xenophobes in all parties, even the greens
marsh wader
4th Jun 2019
1
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Well we know there are xenophobes in the Labour party! And yes, I daresay there are racists and xenophobes in all parties, but by far the most are those who voted for Brexit. The Daily Express in particular, and the The Daily Mail have been banging on for years and years stirring up racial hatred and supporting leaving Europe.
marsh wader
4th Jun 2019
2
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TrudyLS
4th Jun 2019
-2
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If you honestly believe that racial hatred is the reason people voted for Brexit I really feel sorry for you and your narrow minded and bigoted view on society
marsh wader
4th Jun 2019
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I have previously quoted that not all who voted for Brexit are racists, but every racist voted for Brexit. I said this before I heard Will Self quote exactly the same words. Maybe you should explain why you voted for Brexit?
pip2
4th Jun 2019
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Being part of the club is relevant.

A strong club stays together.
pip2
19th May 2019
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Cooperation is better than confrontation.

Legal argument is better than armament.

A force of law is better than a force of arms.

There's now a body of shared European law with 60 years experience behind it.

All set up voluntarily. Without any use of force, without any threat.

Run democratically. With a high bar for a high level of agreement.

With a shared court so that its is fair and equal.

It's a great achievement.

With our closest friends, neighbours and allies.
Wilf
22nd May 2019
-2
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I agree the EU gives a lot of protection but we just need to loosen some aspects of it.
bartie2399
22nd May 2019
-2
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Not everything about the EU has been bad. When we leave we can keep the good and ditch the bad. We can refuse entry to migrants, if they do not benefit our country, no more free rides at taxpayers expense. Migrants arriving by boat still get 'rescued' but get taken back to where they started, sending out a message that the land of milk and honey is now closed. We can deport non-British people who commit crimes in our country without them being able to run squealing to the ECHR and us being overruled, enabling the criminals to drag out legal challenges for years at our expense, whilst committing more crimes. We decide what is best for us. No arguments and no appeals. This is just a small part of 'Taking Back Control.'
ARG
22nd May 2019
2
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I take your point, but things would have been a lot easier in many cases if our own government had used the tools put at their disposal by EU rules. However, our reluctance to introduce ID cards made things difficult, as did our unwillingness to properly resource the agencies responsible thus causing confusion and lengthy delays.

As to "no appeals", any legal system must allow the possibility for appeal, for what must be obvious reasons in a civilised society.

Incidently, the ECHR is an international convention to protect human rights and political freedoms in Europe, and therefore is not part of the EU as such.
pip2
22nd May 2019
0
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On what legal basis?

The four freedoms of the single market are all linked.

If you want free movement of goods then you get free movement of people as well.

But free movement is not a free for all. See 'Your Europe - residence rights'. On europa.eu.
pip2
24th May 2019
1
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Thank you ARG. The Council of Europe was set up in 1949 by the UK and nine other countries.

It's the parent of today's EU. The Council of Europe is still around and it's a non-EU body.

The Council of Europe runs the European Court of Human Rights.

Because the ECHR is non-EU, the EU has its own. It's called the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights.
sandy1948
16th May 2019
2
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pip2
19th May 2019
-3
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That's sad to hear. Why?
JudithC68
14th May 2019
4
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Brexit Party all the way!!!!!
pip2
19th May 2019
-1
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It's better to support our neighbours.

Including Ireland and Spain.

Because of Northern Ireland and Gibraltar.

What about Malta? Commonwealth country. Once British.

What about Bulgaria? My friend is married to a woman from Bulgaria and they have two children.

Did you know there's an EU support programme for decommissioning Soviet era nuclear power stations in Bulgaria?
LyndaC49
14th May 2019
7
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time to leave now, the World will not end
pip2
19th May 2019
2
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What about people who live in Spain and work in Gibraltar?

What about people from all the other EU countries who have come to love this country?

Who now feel unwelcome, unwanted, unable to plan their future?

What about British inventors whose work is protected across the rest of Europe thanks to EU intellectual property rules?
marsh wader
22nd May 2019
3
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Well it just might! Not immediately of course, but if this is the rise of the far right and it looks suspiciously as if we are following a similar path that happened in Germany prior to the Nazi party, we could be on course for another European war.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/16/brexit-britain-weimar-germany-far-right-democracy-contempt-politicians?CMP=share_btn_fb&fbclid=IwAR2IFoLgSJh_8yeZuHaw3IZopcWUTmahQCnttSzH8jcH0d_dWHi5z1c30Hs

Then of course most far right politicians often deny climate change is a reality despite the information given to us by eminent scientists across the globe.

Do you think the people of Germany would have accepted the holocaust before the Nazi party took over? It was gradual indoctrination and feeding lies about immigrants being subhuman and vermin and taking their jobs.. We have heard that language from Trump and far right politicians here and in Europe. Do your research and educate yourself.
Ryder
14th May 2019
5
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We must protest against the Tory and Labour MP's who care nothing for democracy and the will of the people they represent and by voting for the Brexit party show them that we are not happy with them. When the general election comes around do not put them in parliament again.
pip2
19th May 2019
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You could show that by voting Green.

It's much more like every vote counts in this election.

Because the EU is based on democratic values.
MeggieO
22nd May 2019
6
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The EU is not democratic , although they try to make it look like that ...just listen to Merkel stating that all member states must hand over sovereignty to Brussels ( Germany) ...and Verhofstadt ranting about the EU holding the power and defeating nationalism...sounding very much like speeches given by a certain dictator many years ago ...
Jakki
22nd May 2019
3
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The Green party want to remain in the EU! Brexit party is the only vote my family will be placing tomorrow, which includes 2 young voters, so they're not all brainwashed, thankfully!
marsh wader
22nd May 2019
1
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If you support Brexit, knowing the referendum had been officially declared fraudulent, knowing that the main promises have been proven to be false, know that the generations living with this mess voted against it...
You don't believe in democracy. You just believe in Brexit.
pip2
23rd May 2019
0
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The EU is democratic. That's why I love EU.

How'd you make EU law? Here's an example.
Make a directive to improve security on flights by recording passengers' names.

1) National leaders sign to make it possible.
2) National parliaments approve what the national leaders sign.
3) European Commission proposes.
4) European Parliament amend/reject/approve.
5) Government ministers amend/reject/approve.
6) If both EP and ministers agree, act adopted
7) Passed to national governments to implement.

Result: "Directive (EU) 2016/681 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the use of passenger name record (PNR) data for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime".

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