The UK’s ‘marriage’ with the EU has been an abusive one, and it’s the UK taxpayer who has been oppressed. The relationship has always been lopsided.

The European Union is failing. The people instructed their Government to instigate divorce proceedings and we shouldn’t pay a ‘settlement’ nor offer alimony.

We need to kick out this useless ex of ours.

Once he’s out the house, we might feel like we’ve made a mistake. We might feel some regret. Perhaps we dealt too harshly with him.

Many a life has been ruined by this sort of unfounded regret. We cannot allow it into our thinking.

Therefore, here are 8 things we must remember once the scoundrel has been kicked out of the house.

1. We can build a competitive economy WITHOUT the EU

How we do that is determined by us. As a free nation we have the choice to follow a Marxist socialist path, nationalising whatever we want to and strengthening unions and welfare benefits.

Or we could go all Thatcherite and shred workers’ rights, the welfare state and shrink taxes and the state. In either case we can increase or decrease free trade migration and infrastructure investment.

The choice is ours, because we control our own destiny.

Our future looks uncertain, not because an entity outside ourselves has yet to decide what should become of us, like a rich, cruel master deciding on the fate of his slave. It only looks uncertain because we have yet to decide which route we’ll take! It’s down to our democratic choice.

The UK may make the right or wrong choices, but they’re our choices, and we can correct them through general elections and parliamentary votes. We don’t need someone to hold our hand.

2. We live in a stable, venerable democracy

Not all of the EU has the same uninterrupted run of political stability. The monarchy, particularly the present incumbent, is a visible symbol of that. The EU’s political framework leaves plenty to be desired, as even its fans agree.

3. We have the pound

The pound has never suffered the existential crisis the euro has (and surely will again). Sterling has been depreciated and devalued beyond recognition, but the UK has never properly defaulted on its debt. The UK was outside the eurozone, but with our financial, political and economic structures so closely integrated, we were more exposed to its inherent flaws.

Eventually, the diplomatic pressure to join the euro would intensify – they’ll tell us we can’t be in the single market without being in the single currency.

We’ll smile and get on with our own business, because we know…

The euro’s problems will not dissipate until Europe has a fiscal union; in other words, a European Treasury and a proper European government. There’s no sign of that happening any time soon.

4. We can buy what we wish, where we wish

Once again, we can return to world markets to buy cheap food outside the Common Agricultural Policy. We can take advantage of more efficient producers of cereals, butter, meat and all the rest, and take advantage of surpluses from across the planet. Much the same goes for everything else we import.

Our wages will buy more and inflation will dip, and, with the cheaper grocery bills, would help those on lower incomes. More expensive food was one of worst consequences of joining the EEC in 1973.

5. The savings on the EU budget contribution are real

Though less than some Tory “LEAVE” campaigners claimed, they are still substantial and we can spend it on what we want.

6. We can control immigration

Eastern European immigration raised British economic growth and made us all richer. The problem is political acceptability and the uncertainty about how large it might become. It could explode to the point where the economic costs exceed the benefits.

It also meant there might be less non-EU migration, given the Government’s “aspiration” on numbers.

Post-Brexit,we can have migration with a policy the public actually supports – a valuable thing, and the only way it can be secure and sustainable.

Nurses from Zimbabwe, refugees from Syria, builders from Albania, students from China – we can have them all in a rational, planned way.

7. Trade deals with other countries may be easier to win

Simply because we can just negotiate and agree, we do not need a consensus among 28 quarrelling, disparate countries. We traded with the rest of the world AND countries inside the EU before the inception of the EU. Why not do so again?

8. We could get some industries back

There’s more to an economy than fish, but for many, fishing is an important part of the UK. When we leave the EU, there’s the hope of returning fishing grounds and the fleets and jobs we lost. Grimsby, Fleetwood, Cornwall: these are the places that may well be much better off in a few years.

It was always morally wrong to sacrifice coastal communities for the sake of the EU.

Without EU interference we could, if we wanted, nationalise or otherwise support key industries such as steel. These policies and priorities will be democratically set through parliament.

2016 was regarded the “Year of the People”; those who ignored the political elite’s bully boy tactics and voted to leave the EU. Unfortunately 2017 goes down as the “Year of Betrayal” as the political elite have dithered, delayed and diluted the will of the people in their handling of the Brexit negotiations.

As we entered elections in May 2018, we did so with the hope that this year would be the last year under this money-drunk husband’s rule. We hoped we’d have the opportunity in many areas to vote for a national political party fully committed to independence from the EU.

The Democrats and Veterans Party has the vision and tenacity to take the party through Brexit and beyond. Gaining our freedom from the EU is merely the beginning, not the end by a long shot.

The ethos of the Party is to make the UK strong and prosperous by securing business and personal liberty, low taxation, genuine democracy and the uncompromising rule of law for all of our citizens irrespective of race, religion or gender.

I want to urge you, dear reader, to take action. Here are the two things you must do (it’s your democratic right and your civil duty):

  1. Contact your local political representatives (at all levels) throughout the year and URGE them to catch the vision and opportunities full independence can achieve, both locally and nationally.
  2. Participate with your local Democrats and Veterans Branch as they prepare for the 2019 elections.

As Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men (and women) to do nothing.”

Don’t sit on the sidelines. Take back your country and make it yours.

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