I should first remind you
that several years ago I was in favour of us being a member of the EU.
It just seemed right that we should be a member of a larger organisation.
What changed that was reading the paper from Dr. James Wilkie, "Scotland
in Europe". You can read that paper at:
Frankly I was astonished
to read about the loss of some 100,000 jobs in the Fishing industry and
the destruction of many of our rural communities and a loss of some 2
billion in annual income all in Scotland. How did I not know about this?
I then thought who is
this Dr James Wilkie and how much credibility did he have. You can
read a bit about him at:
I discovered that he had
worked right in the heart of Europe and had worked in the diplomatic
field for Austria for some 30 odd years despite him being a Scot
(although he is married to an Austrian). So in my mind he did have
credibility. He really knew the workings of the EU and had also
been a member of the Scotland-UN committee. He also received a
high award from the Austrian government for his work for them on the
diplomatic front. It was actually the work of the Scotland-UN committee
that got us a devolved government. See: http://www.electricscotland.com/independence/scotlandun.htm
So here was someone that was obviously passionate about getting an
Independent Scotland but also against Scotland being a member of the EU.
I then discovered that
another Scot, David Thomson, was the source of much of this Scottish
Fishing industry information. So I then did some research on him
and as a result I discovered that this Lossiemouth fishing boat captain
was probably the most experienced person on fishing matters on the
planet. He has worked in some 60 countries in the world for the UN on
fishing matters both at sea and on inward waterways. Read his books at:
Why both of these persons
have not received knighthoods is beyond my comprehension.
I got an email from
Nicola Sturgeon's people saying that the EU was our largest export
market. This was at the time of the Independence referendum and so
I wanted to check this statement and it proved to be correct. What I
discovered however was that 70% of those exports were to England alone.
So I decided that you can be given facts that while correct were perhaps
not the whole picture if you didn't decided to check on them.
I then learned that she
and many SNP MSP's were also members of Euromove which I then learned
was founded and funded by the USA. Now mind that for many years I
ran the web site for Ian Hudgeston, the then SNP MEP. In all that
time I never learned anything about our Fishing Industry.
So perhaps you can see
that I was not only supportive of our membership of the EU but actually
did some work to support that membership.
It was while we were
discussing Scottish Independence that I was persuaded to read the papers
coming from the then think talk, the SDA, that I first came across that
"Scotland in Europe" paper. The think talk wanted Scottish
Independence and were publishing papers on what an Independent Scotland
could look like and how it could be run.
As a result of these
papers and my own research I believed that Scotland could succeed as an
Independent country and I thus voted YES in that referendum. However, I was equally convinced that the SNP was not the party I wanted
to run an Independent Scotland.
I had become convinced
that Scotland would lose a great deal of its Independence if we were to
remain in the EU. When I discovered that Nicola Sturgeon was so much in
favour of being a member of the EU as not only the right thing for
Scotland, in her view, but also totally against any referendum about
being a member that was the final nail in the coffin for the SNP in my
view. I mean if you are going to give up a chunk of the hard won battle
for Independence then how can you then give that away without first
giving the Scottish people a say in that decision?
So that's when I decided
that a Brexit vote to leave was the right decision.
I am very concerned at
the misinformation given out on both sides of this referendum. In a
recent article on Brexit in the Scotsman it was claimed all the world
leaders and bright people in the world all say that we should remain.
Of course they would say that as it's better for them that we do remain
as they benefit.
However is it in
Britain's best interest and Scotland's best interest that we remain?
Of course it isn't and for many reasons and here are some of them...
First we should look at
Globalisation as the world has moved on and increasingly it is the
Global institutions that make up our laws such as the World Trade
Organisation (WTO). The EU is represented at the top table of that
organisation and represents all EU countries. None of the EU
countries are represented individually. However, if Germany and France
decide that a particular law should be enacted that is what will be
represented to them. Scotland and Britain don't have a say in
that. Whereas Norway do have a say as they are at that top table
while being a member of EFTA and not in the EU.
Second we should look at
where the EU is in the pecking order of world governance. It is
down the pecking order and is only a sub-regional organisation so much
of the legislation that is passed by the global players has to be passed
on to EU countries and the EU can do nothing about it other than spin it
to look like it came from them.
Third, have you
considered that Germany caused two world wars and were defeated with
massive casualties and harm. Now they lead the EU but to my mind
they still want to dominate Europe and so the EU is a great way to do
Fourth, we should look at
all the rubbish that is being put out by our own Scottish Parliament.
Nicola Sturgeon is fixated on the EU. However most of our
parliamentarians are members of Euromove an organisation created and
funded by the USA. Nicola Sturgeon stated that in the event of an
Independent Scotland she would have no truck with having a referendum on
whether we should be an EU member or not. However being a member
of the EU means Scotland would have to give up some sovereignty to be a
member. How can you not have a referendum on that? Should
the SNP not be held to account for giving up part of our hard won fight
for independence to Brussels?
And then looking at the
talk that Nicola Sturgeon gave in Scotland. She said: "The EU is not
perfect, but our membership brings significant benefits, such as the
protection of employment rights; the right to paid maternity, the right
to paid holidays and not working more than 48 hours a week, and the
right to not be discriminated against. "All of these are protected by
That is an outright
The SNP, under pressure
from the US-created and US financially backed Euromove organisation, has
fallen foul of “the EU, right or wrong” ideology, which simply won’t
wash in the light of the new and developing system of worldwide
interdependence and global governance.
The sub-regional EU did not invent the standards of working conditions
that it is by implication claiming. Like so much else in its
“legislation” is simply repeating established international norms that
have been handed down to every individual state by institutions higher
up the global scale, and are binding on every national government
irrespective of the EU. The principal such institution is the United
Nations International Labour Organisation, which has been setting the
global standards for industrial working conditions since WW1, long
before there ever was a European Union. Nowadays a whole list of other
institutions at global level are also contributing to these norms.
Furthermore, UK legislation governing working conditions has been in
force since 1802, the Factory Inspectorate was set up by the 1833
Factories Act, and this was followed by dozens of acts of parliament
that pushed standards up still further, right to the present day. It is
pure charlatanry to claim that only the EU stands between workers and
oppressive working conditions, for even worse to claim that the EU
invented the relevant modern standards. God help us if this is the sort
of argument that is going to determine the future of Scotland.
Then look at the Leaked
Information on Negotiations between EU and USA to set up a Transatlantic
Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP). Scotland has no say in this
treaty negotiation. Read the leaked report at:
http://www.electricscotland.com/independence/TTIPLeaks.pdf and be
prepared to be shocked by the revelations.
This act if passed would
cause immense harm to the Scottish people and our NHS. Leaked documents
from EU / USA negotiations on the proposed Transatlantic Trade and
Investment Partnership (TTIP) confirm the dangers threatened to health,
environment and safety standards. The documents are from the twelfth
round of negotiations in February 2016 (the thirteenth round concluded
in New York on 29 April). The EU Commission had slapped a thirty year
ban on public access to the negotiating texts at the beginning of the
talks in 2013, in the full knowledge that they would not be able to
survive the outcry if people were given sight of the deal.
The purpose of the two
proposed “partnerships,” TTIP and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP),
which were drafted by global corporations, is to make corporations
immune to the laws of sovereign countries in which they do business. Any
country’s sovereign law or regulations—whether social, environmental,
food safety, or labour protection—that might adversely affect a
corporation’s profits is labelled a “restraint on trade.” The
“partnerships” would permit corporations to take legal action to
overturn the law or regulation, and. would also award damages to the
corporation—paid by the taxpayers of the country that tried to protect
its environment or the safety of its food or its workers. These “trade
agreements” originate in the United States, because American global
corporations and the American mega-banks are the largest players in the
world economy. The agreements that the corporations push through this
process give these companies economic hegemony over the countries that
sign the agreements. The Trans-Atlantic and TransPacific “partnerships”
are tools of American financial imperialism. The highly controversial
investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism—and its successor,
the Investment Court system—has proved particularly thorny. The United
States wants to keep the arbitration system that allows corporations to
sue governments for perceived loss of profits. The case is not heard in
the courts of the country, or in any court: it is heard in a corporate
tribunal in which corporations act as prosecutor, judge, and jury.
And that is why Euromove
is totally against Scotland's interest and yet most SNP MSP's are
members of this movement. Something fishy here don't you think?
Immigration is another
aspect that is being discussed in depth in this referendum.
Frankly Britain already has a robust system to regulate immigration and
an opt out on many aspects of immigration legislation of the EU.
It is in Germany's interest to allow large scale immigration as it has a
declining working population whereas Britain does not.
I could go on and on but
I hope you will see from this that much of what you view on your TV
news, and newspapers do not by any means tell the whole story. And
of course there are no discussions on how Britain, as a founding member
of EFTA, could benefit from that membership and also that of the EEA
outside the EU.
I might add that it is
possible that we will suffer a bit financially in the short term but I
think in the longer term we'll be better off. There is a very good
financial review from Kevin Hugue on his well respected blog at:
As you are reading this
it's likely the results will start to become available for the outcome
of the referendum so we'll just have to see how this all plays out.
I just wanted you to know that I have spent many weeks researching all
this and I believe a leave vote is in the best interests of Scotland.
It is foolish of
countries to identify their future with the EU. By 2050 there will be
some 9 billion people in the world. The EU will then account for only 6
per cent of the world’s population, as against 20 per cent before 1950.
Its share of the world’s gross product will have shrunk to some 10 per
cent by 2050, as against 30 per cent in 1950.
In the coming decades most growth in GDP, market size and investment
returns will tend to occur outside continental Europe. Most EU countries
will have a shrinking and ageing population. The EU in general is likely
to decline economically, politically and culturally relative to the rest
of the world, and in particular Asia, where the bulk of humanity lives.