Tuesday, 9 October 2012

A Referendum

How the EU and British  elites are plotting  to fix the result
A Referendum

How the EU and British  elites are plotting  to fix the result

Nigel Farage


Letter from Nigel Farage                 ...                      ...                 2

1975 and all that                             ...                      ...                 4

What is a Single Market?                 ...                      ...                 9

The Road to USE (United States of Europe)             ...                 13

Referendum or Plebiscite?               ...                      ...                 18

”Won’t get fooled again”                 ...                      ...                 22

How to find out more                     ...                      ...                 23

Credits                                            ...                      ...                 24

Europe of Freedom and Democracy
A Referendum Stitch-Up?
A Referendum Stitch-Up?

Dear Reader

I have produced  this booklet  to try to ensure  that the British people and Northern Irish people do not - yet again - have the wool pulled over their eyes by the British establishment.

All the evidence - including regular opinion polls - suggests that over half of us want to leave the European Union.

Even more of us want a referendum to give us the chance to have our say.

But the British and EU elites do not share that view.

As co-president of a political group in the European Parliament, Europe  of  Freedom  and  Democracy  (EFD), I  know  how  they operate. They only want referenda which produce the ‘right’ result
- the outcome that suits them.

So, faced with what for them is a real dilemma, I believe they are going to try to pull off an old trick.

In 1975, the British people were led to believe that they were voting to stay part of a “Common Market” or free trade area.

They were not. They were voting to remain in a customs union - what the Germans call a ‘zollverein’.  In the nineteenth century the establishment of the Zollverein was the first step to German unification which in turn led to two world wars.
In the same way, the “Common Market” - always an unofficial name
- was very simply a step towards a far larger and, to me, more sinister goal: European economic and political union, the creation of a United States of Europe.

The British people were not getting - and have never got - what we were led to believe we were voting for.

I already have evidence that the political class, covertly backed by its EU counterparts, are trying to mislead us again.

There are calls that a straight ‘in or out’ / ‘yes or no’ question should be replaced by a complex question which appears to offer a third way: continuing as part of the Single Market without full political union.

In short, a recycled version of what we thought we were getting in

But just like then, there is no third way. This booklet explains why it - and any apparent renegotiation of terms whilst we are still a member - is, and can only be, a mirage, designed to mislead.

It  tells  you  how  and  why  the  way  the  European  Union  is constructed literally makes such an arrangement impossible.

It sets out the fact that we remain committed by Treaty to make progress towards an ever closer union whose currency is the Euro.

It explains how the British establishment are taking the steps to try to cheat you once again.

I believe that you the public - the people who really matter - are entitled to be told the truth.

Yours sincerely

Nigel Farage

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1975 and all that
1975 and all that

Papers not then publicly available tell us that the government’s  own  expert  legal  advisers  were clear about what would be given away.

An internal government memorandum reads:

“I enclose a draft on sovereignty ...We are rather

obody  under  50  will  remember  the  convolutions surrounding  British  entry  to  the  European  Union.
Even fewer will know the true story of what was going on behind the scenes.

The UK first applied in 1961 but two vetoes by France’s former wartime leader and later President, Charles de Gaulle, kept us out
for over a decade.

Entry was finally pushed through, without a referendum, in 1972 by Edward Heath’s Conservative government. But the issue was always controversial particularly in the Labour party then led by Harold Wilson.
Wilson  had  famously  shown  his  attitude  to  the truth  when  in 1967  he devalued  the pound  but claimed that this did not mean that ‘the pound in your  pocket’  had  been  devalued!    For  a former Oxford University economics lecturer, it was both literally and figuratively an unbelievable position to
worried  about  the  impact  on  Parliamentary
opinion ... the fact of the primacy of community legislation cannot be disguised.   But I feel that there is a case for omitting it altogether.”

A British Foreign Office paper is quite explicit:

“Community law is required to take precedence over  domestic  law:  i.e.  if  a  Community  law conflicts with a statute, it is the statute which has to give way.... the community system requires that such Community Law as applies directly as law in this country should by virtue of its own legal
force as law in this country  prevail  over conflicting national legislation.”

(FCO 30/1048, National Archives)

Thus when, in the October 1974 General Election, Harold Wilson’s Labour Party manifesto included a pledge to renegotiate terms  for  Britain’s  membership  and  then hold a referendum, the loss of sovereignty was an issue about which not merely the entire ‘yes’ campaign wanted to keep quiet but also the Government itself.

Under wraps - the real loss of sovereignty was kept  out of Harold Wilson’s Referendum  pledge in his autumn 1974 Election manifesto.
Monsieur Non: President
de Gaulle  twice blocked British entry into the EEC during the 1960’s.
take.    It  is  now  regularly  used  to  illustrate  a
politician trying to argue that black is white!

This approach  characterised  what happened  over
Britain’s European Community membership.

As well as ‘yes’ and ‘no’ pamphlets from the respective campaign teams - the ‘yes’ campaign had 10 times the resources of the
‘no’   -   the   referendum   saw   Wilson’s

What’s the difference between a good campaign and a bad one?  The budget.

The British establishment knew perfectly well that the long-term implications for British democracy and self-government were profound and damaging.

government issue to every household a taxpayer-funded pamphlet encouraging people to vote.

The ‘Yes’ campaign had ten times the
resources of the ‘No’  campaign  and  won two-thirds of the vote.
A Referendum Stitch-Up?
1975 and all that

Neutral it was not!

It  referred  in  its  opening  line  to  ‘the  European
Community  (Common  Market).’  -  and,  thereafter,

Where were you in 1975?

“No essential loss of sovereignty” - Edward Heath’s oft-repeated mantra from the early 1970’s.
referred to the European Economic Community (as it then was) as the Common Market.

Words matter.  The way you describe anything helps define your thinking. The term ‘Common Market’ was an informal, largely Anglo-Saxon shorthand which described the institution as the British wished it to be. In reality, it was no such thing, even then. The original
1957 Treaty of Rome explicitly commits signatories to
‘ever closer union’.

But this was a line carefully excluded from the British Government’s pro-EC membership propaganda. Instead  they tried to pretend  that sovereignty  was being enhanced rather than abrogated:

“ ... we are asking you to vote in favour of remaining in the Community.  ...
hile   the   country   was campaigning the pros and
cons  of  European Community membership in April, May and June 1975, what else was going on?

In April the Vietnam War ground to a close; on April 30th the last US helicopter left their embassy grounds as Saigon surrendered.

At home, the average house price was just under £12,000, a gallon of petrol  cost  72p  and
the inflation rate reached 24%.

Manchester United got back in the First Division   after   their
album ‘Disco Baby’ as a single - ‘The Hustle’ - which became the disco hit of the summer.

Who was born that spring? Footballers Robbie Fowler (April 2nd) and  David  Beckham
(May  3rd)  and actress Christina Hendricks the following day. TV chef Jamie Oliver was born on May 27th and Spice Girl Mel B two days later.

On June 4th, just the day before the Referendum vote, saw the births of both Russell   Brand   and

Party backing: Margaret
Thatcher put the full
weight of the Conservatives behind the ‘Yes’ campaign
in a launch speech at St
Ermin’s,Westminster on
No important new policy can be decided in Brussels
or anywhere  else without  the consent  of a British Minister  answerable  to  a  British  Government  and British Parliament. ....

... the prime minister declares that through membership  of the Market  we are better  able to advance and protect our national interests. This is the essence of sovereignty.”

It is very simple.

Please contrast the statements in the internal FCO paper and the British government pamphlet for public consumption.  The British establishment knew it was giving away its decision-making powers.  It would not
relegation the previous
year, while West Ham beat Fulham 2-0 in the Cup final on May 5th -
in their team were Frank Lampard (the father of today’s Frank Lampard) and Trevor Brooking.

‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’
was  launched  on  April  3rd, while
‘Jaws’ came out on June 20th.

On TV, ‘The Good Life’ first appeared on April 4th and ‘Jim’ll Fix It’ was launched on May 31st

On May 19th, the Eagles released their LP ‘One of Those Nights’ while in
Angelina Jolie.

Perhaps the most significant birth took place on April 4th – Bill Gates and Paul Allen   from Seattle launched Microsoft.

And the weather? There was snow in early April and more in  early  June, which stopped the cricket and fell as far south as London. Otherwise June saw the start of
‘Beauty and
the beast’.
April 16th 1975.
admit this in public and it was prepared to be highly duplicitous in covering it up.
the UK the Bee-Gees released ‘Jive
Talkin’ on May 31st. Meanwhile,Van
McCoy  launched  a  track  from  his
a warm dry period that continued
through the summer and led to the famous 1976 drought.

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I believe most British people would say the British establishment lied.

I believe most British people would be right.

The campaigning also had another characteristic used time after time by those who support Britain’s EU membership. They ‘play the man not the ball’ and they play dirty.

Thus,  to  quote  the  Treasurer  of  the  ‘Yes’  campaign  Alastair

“The whole thrust of our campaign was to depict the anti- Marketeers  as  unreliable  people  –  dangerous  people  who would lead you down the wrong path ... It wasn’t so much that it was sensible to stay in, but that anybody who proposed that we came out was off their rocker or virtually Marxist”.

In  short, the  advocates  of  EU  membership  were  so  short  of confidence  in  the  logic  of  their  arguments  that  they  had  to denigrate their opponents in the most irrational and personal of terms.

With the sole exception of the Spectator, the entire media, including the BBC played the same game.

A referendum was duly held on 5 June 1975. I was 11 at the time and could not vote.
The proposition to continue membership was passed with a substantial majority.

I believe it was a majority obtained by fraud.


What is a
Single Market?

here is a joke amongst  economists  that a real free trade agreement  can be illustrated  by holding up a blank piece of paper. That is because if trade is genuinely free, there are no regulations to follow or tariffs to pay but business people and traders can get on without hindrance
or interference in doing business and creating wealth.

Thus, in principle, to create a single market or free trade area is incredibly easy if you know what you are doing and think it through. It merely requires an absence of restriction - most easily achieved by the progressive  - or instant - dismantling  and removal of all existing barriers and tariffs.

Actually, the then EC was handed a golden opportunity  to take exactly this road and do it more or less at a single stroke in the form of the Cassis de Dijon judgement.

(ECJ Case Number 120/78  Rewe-Zentral AG v Bundesmonopolverwaltung für Branntwein)

It arose in 1979 from the attempt to import the French liqueur, Cassis - used in Kir - into West Germany, as it then was.  The Germans refused it entry on the grounds that it did not match the categories and requirements for the legal sale of alcoholic drinks in their country.   The resultant  refusal  ended up at the European Court of Justice which ruled that the Germans had to allow the product to enter Germany and be sold there.

This judgement  has, potentially, massive  implications. It prevents governments from blocking trade.  It effectively establishes that a legitimate product in one country is legal in any country.  All you

A Referendum Stitch-Up?
What is a Single  Market

have to do is apply the principle when any dispute arises - and then extend it to services. You end up with a genuine free trade area - and you do not need ever more regulation.

It may be termed the mutual recognition approach but in this case the  recognition  is  enforced  legally  through  the  courts  under existing agreements.  It therefore requires
remarkably little regulation and avoids both bureaucracy and the imposition of uniformity.

The EEC turned down what you might call this legal ‘get-out-of-jail-free’ card which potentially offered an easily achieved, minimal cost route to a genuine free trade area - or real ‘single market’.

Instead, they chose ‘harmonisation’.

This    incredibly    time    and    resource-
entire population of over 500 million people. It gives rise to:
• pan-European environmental regulation
• continental-style social legislation
• common employment law
• uniform company & corporate law
• economic governance
• unrestricted immigration,
• resultant welfare costs ... the list is endless.
And all this to be part of a Union:

• with which we run a trade deficit when we run a surplus with the rest of the world.
The UK’s trade deficit with the rest of the EU
is circa £50 billion,

Going nowhere - red tape has been the single biggest drawback of Britain’s membership  of the European Union.

Dead weight - ‘harmonisation’ has added massively to the burden of costs of doing business in the last four decades.
consuming, ponderous and long-winded approach requires the definition of all products and services - to be followed by harmonising all the regulations and requirements  relating  to  them.   And, of course, this cannot be done without a vast army of officials

Another way of describing harmonisation is the imposition of uniformity - a uniformity which extends not merely to the product or   service   itself   but   to   everything
• which grows relatively poorer as each new member joins (just wait for Turkey: the Con/Lib coalition and Labour all want it in), and

• which is ever less important in terms of world trade as economic growth switches to such countries as Brazil, China and India.

May I also add that, for the privilege of having to implement all these regulations, the United Kingdom has to pay the European Union a gross contribution of more than £50 million per day?

I do not believe many people would consider  all this value for
associated with its manufacture or provision.

That is the thinking which means that there is no such thing as ‘just the single market’.   Everything  has to be harmonised  i.e. made uniform - and that is what the European Union has now been busily doing for decades.

It results in unending new laws and regulations which eventually form a unified legal code enforced without distinction across the

The  linkage  between  the  single  market  and  other  broader objectives is perfectly illustrated by what happened to Margaret Thatcher’s single market programme.

The  one-time  Secretary  of  State  for  Trade,  Lord  Cockfield, proposed  in a British ministerial  white paper a series of trade- related measures designed to complete the Single Market.

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Many of these were indeed put into effect by the Single European Act but the change of name is highly informative.  It was no longer about markets.  It was about a ‘single Europe’.

Jacques Delors, the then Commission President, took the opportunity  to add significant  institutional  reform  and a massive  extension  of  powers  to  the  originally  trade- focussed British agenda.

The Single European Act (1986) came as a package: not merely regulating trade but adding chapters on the environment, research, regional aid (officially called cohesion) and health and safety.   It amounted to a fundamental  constitutional  change,  transferring  further

The Road to
(United States of Europe)

s  we  have  just  seen,  it  is  already  clear  that  this imposition of uniformity has no logical stopping point.
You  harmonise  everything  connected  with  cr

The day the ‘Single Market’ was signed off - with a massive effect on the British economy.
sovereignty, and underpinned by a substantial extension of majority  voting  and a resultant  reduction  in the British power of veto.

It also added a commitment  to ‘progressive  realisation  of economic and monetary union’.

Realising  the vast implications  of these  seven  additional
commerce  - which  in an increasingly  homogenised world means almost everything.

In this way, the next logical  step was, of course, a Single

Jacques Delors - secretly backed by that most Mandarin part of Britain’s Whitehall establishment, the Foreign Office - had
words, Margaret Thatcher considered a veto.  She was advised by
the Foreign Office that the statement had no legal significance.

Once again, what had begun, at least in British eyes as trade or, at most, economic measures had been swept up into an institutional and political programme adding to the powers of Europe’s largely unelected elite at the expense of the elected politicians in Westminster.

The British had still not learnt that, with the EU, it cannot and never
duped even Mrs Thatcher into opening the road to monetary union and its logical corollary, a Single European Currency.

They began with a dress rehearsal, in the form of ERM, the European  Exchange  Rate  Mechanism:  currency  exchange rates were fixed to the Deutsch Mark within a band.

I remember vividly the day we joined. I was in Coates Wine bar in the City drinking with colleagues when a runner brought the news. “It’s ‘appened. They’ve done it. We’re in.”

First day of term: for almost two years, ERM tied the Pound to the Deutsch Mark.
will be just about trade or markets alone: it is always about the
centralisation of power and control in Brussels.

Part of that power is the EU’s Common Commercial Policy. No EU member state can negotiate its own trade deals or represent itself at the World Trade Organisation (WTO).  All EU member states have  no  choice  but  to  conduct  all  their  trade  negotiation exclusively through the institutions of the European Union: another major loss of sovereignty.


All of us knew exactly what he was referring to - and for me it was a turning-point. As a City trader, I had spent hours - usually over a drink or two - discussing it with my fellow traders and dealers.  I knew that, despite - or perhaps because of - the fact that it was backed by all three mainstream political parties and more or less the entire United Kingdom media, it would be a disaster.

Not only were my fears justified but the UK’s ERM debacle was, in its way, also a dress rehearsal for the current Euro crisis.  So it is

A Referendum Stitch-Up?
The Road to USE

Enthusiastic backer: Shadow  Secretary of State for Trade Gordon Brown was fully behind ERM.
worth remembering what happened - and what was being said at the time by the British Establishment.

As the 1980s turned into the 1990s, it was difficult to find anyone    regarding  themselves  as  a ‘serious’  public  or political figure, who was opposed to Britain’s membership of the Exchange Rate Mechanism.

The few of us who worked in the City and suspected what would happen were regarded as mavericks and mischief- makers.

ERM entry was backed by the Conservative, Labour and Liberal-Democrat parties.   Gordon Brown was an enthusiastic backer despite his later claims to have saved us from  the  Euro.  It  was  backed  by  the  financial  and broadsheet press.

Just  as  it  had  been  implied  that  you  were  probably
When the euro came into existence - without the United Kingdom
- I began asserting that the Euro as currently structured was an economic nonsense containing within it the seeds of its own destruction: its own systemic contradictions which would - in time
- tear it apart.

I spoke of bond yields - to the bemusement of almost the entire European Parliament which did not know what a bond yield was, let alone its importance to a common currency functioning across 17 disparate national economies.  (It determines the cost of money to governments.)

I was jeered when I told them that Greek bonds trading 233 basis points higher than German bonds meant that the markets were on to them whether they liked it or not.

I, and colleagues, pointed out that the ‘books had been cooked’ to allow Greek entry.
“unreliable ... dangerous ... off their rocker or virtually Marxist” if you opposed Britain’s original EC membership in the referendum, so now everyone with any brains knew that EMU was the way ahead.

Except that the arrangement made little economic sense, opening as it did the opportunity  for the markets  to demonstrate  that political will could not control economic reality. On Wednesday 16
September  1992,  Chancellor  Norman  Lamont  briefly raised interest rates to 15%, realised this was quite unsustainable and would not work - and Britain exited the ERM.

Despite  the  day  now  generally  being  known  as ‘Black Wednesday’, it was in many ways very fortunate, at least for Britain,  though   not   for   John   Major’s   Conservative government which never recovered from this body-blow to its economic credibility.  Without ERM exit we would
We suggested that regarding the risks associated with government debt in Germany as identical to those in Greece or Spain was more than a little optimistic.

We were derided by the EU elite.

We were dismissed by a British Conservative
Party leader as a bunch of ‘gadflies and cranks’.

The same pattern continues: do not risk intellectual debate with your opponents, you run the risk after all that they might be right.

Instead denigrate and dismiss them as ‘off their rockers’.
In the longer  term, out of all this came  not merely  the currency but a draft EU constitution.  Rejected in referenda by the French and Dutch electorates, it was promptly slightly

Trojan Horse: The entry  of Greece
into the EMU in 1999 was seen as financially dubious by many
The day Britain lost
£5  billion and Britain’s  political elite was humiliated.
almost certainly have joined the Euro - with Conservative,
Labour and Liberal Democrat parties all informing us that no intelligent person could believe in doing anything else.
re-drafted, declared not to be a constitution at all but simply another treaty and became the Lisbon Treaty.

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The Road to USE

Let me identify some of the key points of the Lisbon text:

•  all future accession states have to agree to join the Euro: this means it is simply not envisaged as being possible in the long term to be within the EU but not in the Euro.


•  as the Greeks have belatedly realised, there is simply no provision for exit from the Euro. ‘You can check in any time you like but you can never leave’ (with apologies to the Eagles).


•  there  is for the first  time  reference  to leaving  the European Union as a whole - by invoking Article 50, any member state can renegotiate its terms of membership  with  a  deadline  of  2  years  for  this process.
These arrangements demonstrate just how EU membership is ‘all or nothing’, ‘in or out’. There is no provision for or reference to
coordination, joint decision-making, greater enforcement and commensurate steps towards common debt issuance. This framework could include also different forms of fiscal solidarity.

•  An  integrated  economic  policy  framework which has sufficient mechanisms to ensure that national and European policies are in place that ... are compatible with the smooth functioning of EMU.

• Ensuring .... the joint exercise of sovereignty for common policies and solidarity.

These four building blocks offer a coherent and complete architecture that will have to be put in place over the next decade. All four elements .... require a lot of further work, including possible changes to the EU treaties at some point in time.”

(our emphasis)

In all fairness to the EU elite, I have to admit one thing about them. They have not and have never tried to hide

Total clarity - Herman van Rompuy, unlike our politicians - has made it crystal clear what the future holds for the EU.  Is that something we wish to

Line in the sand:
secondary or looser membership, an outer tier. There is no half- way house or ‘single market only’ programme on offer.

In his Report to the Council of 26 June 2012, Herman Van
Rompuy makes crystal clear where they are going:


The  report  proposes  a  vision  .... based  on  four  essential building blocks:
• An integrated financial framework .... Such a framework elevates responsibility  for supervision  to the   European   level,   and   provides   for   common
it: ‘ever  closer  union’  was in from  the beginning  and has been
constantly repeated ever since - in endless variations.

But the same cannot be said of the British establishment: ever since the membership and referendum debate of the early 1970s right up to the present day it has sought to conceal this fundamental and irrevocable commitment.

We do not believe this particular leopard is about to change its spots!
Just as you cannot be ‘just a bit pregnant’ or ‘slightly pregnant’, (though you can be in the early stages of pregnancy - and know what inevitably follows), so you cannot be a little bit a member of
from now, we should
have no excuse  for ignorance of the EU’s direction.
mechanisms  to  resolve  banks  and  guarantee  customer deposits.

• An integrated  budgetary  framework  ... fiscal policy making at the national and European levels, encompassing
the  EU.   It is an all or nothing  proposition  going  in only  one direction - and the only fair question in any referendum  MUST reflect that reality.

Is that what we are going to be offered or will they try a fudge?

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Referendum or plebiscite?
Referendum   or Plebiscite?

will live with the free and fair choice the public has made.

• A plebiscite is intended to appear to the public as if it is a referendum but in fact, it has all pretty much been fixed. It usually involves what the judge in a court of law would call a leading question - or questions, as

“I did it my way...”

hat is the difference between a referendum and a plebiscite?

Many dictionaries would see them as nothing more than synonyms.

But  the  connotations  of the  word ‘plebiscite’  for  many
British people, at least, are of dodgy dealings to fix results.

This  is based  around  a whole  series  of 19th  and  20th century plebiscites used by rulers to appear to legitimise what they have already decided they want.

France’s Napoleon III did it in 1851 to legalise his coup d’etat; in 1852  to make  himself  an emperor; and, most shockingly  perhaps, in 1860 to acquire the Piedmontese territories  of  Nice  and  Savoy  from  Count  Cavour  - in return for kick-starting the process of creating the Italian state.  (There is little evidence to suggest the then people of Nice or Savoy wished to become French - and a lot to
asking more than one can give leeway in getting
the ‘right’ answer - and this question suddenly appears as if out of nowhere when up to that point, what  might  be  asked  has  all  appeared pretty straight-forward.

I believe that the EU elite have a tradition of effectively running plebiscites.

When the Irish voted the ‘wrong’ way they had to vote again until they got it right.

When the French and the Dutch turned down a new EU constitution, the EU powers-that-be  made minor alterations to the documents, claimed that these meant it  was  not  a  constitution  and  therefore  needed  no further  popular  approval.   That  is  the  origin  of  the Lisbon Treaty, a treaty which in reality represented  a massive further transfer  of power from the member States to the EU institutions.

It  also  created  the  so-called ‘co-decision  procedure’
which in reality turns the Parliament and Council into a

What you see is what  you get?   In 1975, we all thought we were voting to remain in the ‘Common Market’. What we got was the ‘Zollverein’ - customs union - just like that which paved the way for
Bismarck’s Germany.
though unlike Sinatra
Napoleon III used the trick of a plebiscite to get what
he wanted.
suggest that they didn’t.)

In the 1930s, the Germans conducted a number of plebiscites to give a veneer of legitimacy and popular approval to the criminal machinations of the Nazi regime.

legislature but with law-making initiated not by either of these but by the unelected European Commission - making it the most undemocratic legislature in the developed world.

The British establishment has consistently maintained a consensus
So the answer - in a couple of sentences - is that:

• a  referendum  is  effectively  the  asking  of  a  straight question which can be answered ‘yes’ or ‘no’ after a period  of  open  and  transparent  campaigning.    The answer is not known in advance and all those involved

in favour of EU membership - a consensus built across the leaderships  of all of the Conservative, Labour, Liberal-Democrat and  Scottish  Nationalist  parties, (though  there  are  honourable exceptions  among  backbench  MPs  in  at  least  three  of  these parties).

A Referendum Stitch-Up?
Referendum   or Plebiscite?

It has learned from this process. It is trying to turn the referendum into a plebiscite.

Already we are beginning to hear ‘weasel words’.

They  are talking  about ‘renegotiation’, ‘grabbing  back  powers’  and
‘clinching  a  new  deal’  -  which  will  be  put  to  the  people  in  a referendum - ‘to give the British voters their say’.

Does this remind you of anything - or anyone?

Are we witnessing the beginning of Wilson and 1974-5 all over again?

Mr Wilson made a commitment to renegotiation, admitted that he had not necessarily “got everything we wanted” but claimed, despite this to have won “big and significant improvements” and then asked “you to vote in favour of remaining in the Community.”

What a heart-warming, cosy image of being part of a Community. Like ‘motherhood and apple pie’ it is surely almost impossible to say ‘no’.
Yet  membership  of  that  community  costs  us  £50 million a day to lose the right to make our own laws and to have to get the permission of the EU elite to run our own country.  It sounds to me more like a ‘boot camp’ than a community - and, I would suggest, at least
becoming just dust in their hands.

Thus  the  political  classes  of  both  the  EU  and  of  the  United Kingdom may collude in a charade, all too reminiscent of the trick pulled off by Wilson and the EEC in 1974-5 with Cameron claiming to have not got everything he wanted but nonetheless enough to justify our staying in.

An honest referendum must offer a clear choice.

It is between remaining in the European Union and leaving it by repealing the 1972 European Communities Act (and all subsequent amendments).

This means one straight-forward question about being ‘in’ or ‘out’, a ‘member ‘ or no longer a ‘member’.

What I am afraid of - as I feel we are increasingly  winning the argument about how the UK’s membership inflicts damage rather than offering benefits - is that, like the manipulations of some 19th or 20th century would-be dictator, they want what I would call a plebiscite. They want to ignore the law and the treaties, appear to renegotiate, come back claiming to have got “not all we want but enough”, fix the wording into a leading question and / or add a third option which gives them lots of ‘wriggle-room’ and win a referendum by fraud all over again.

This is despite the fact that, as I have conclusively demonstrated in
£50  million - the amount
Chelsea  paid for Fernando Torres... that’s what we pay the EU... EVERY  DAY. The equivalent  of over four times the yearly UK cost of the Afghanistan war, or 18 new Type 45 frigates and not far short of the 2012 budget  cost of UK industry, agriculture employment  and training.
some of the Greeks and now even the Spanish increasingly share that view as austerity measures and rule by unelected EU officials are imposed upon them.

At this point you may well be asking: “but surely the president of the Commission Mr Barroso will not help the British out, will not co-operate with David Cameron in this way?”

But actually, just as they want to keep Greece in the Euro because they fear that once one has gone, others will soon follow, so Britain’s exit would begin a potential unravelling of the entire European project. They fear it
this narrative so far, there is no third option. There cannot be.

Being just part of a single market or customs union is not possible because the whole of the EU’s interpretation of what the Single Market is and how you create it offers no possibility other than ever closer Union - full political and economic integration built on uniform rules and regulations, a single economics and finance ministry with a single tax code and centralised sovereign institutions.

In short, it is the creation of a United States of Europe.

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“Won’t get fooled again?”

amously, the question “have you stopped beating your wife?” is impossible to answer without admitting that
you do or at least did beat her.  In short it is loaded and deliberately  designed  both  to  mislead  and  to  put  the person to whom it is posed in an impossible position.

That is exactly the stunt which I suspect the British establishment, endorsed and funded by the EU elite, is going to try to pull.

Full political and economic union is both an explicit goal of the EU and built into its whole approach.

The  central  motivating  idea  is  that  ever  closer  and stronger integration will lead to the creation of a single European state with uniform regulations covering all major aspects of commerce and life.   Sovereignty  is lost.  The United States of Europe is born.

There is no middle way, third way, extra alternative, ‘just a single-market’ or ‘only a customs-union’, (it is certainly not a free-trade area).
“Won’t get fooled  again?”

position  will do anything  but argue fairly, resorting  to common abuse and name-calling as if these are proper, rational public debate.

I hope that you will join me in stopping them getting away with what amounts to a flagrant confidence-trick - at your expense and to you and your children’s detriment.

As the Who put it: we “Won’t get fooled again” - I hope.


Have a look at the EFD website Europe of Freedom and Democracy http://www.efdgroup.eu
Confidence  trick? Will the British establishment, like Harold Wilson  in 1975, pull off another loaded referendum victory?

There simply cannot be a valid three-part question.

And unless and until there is a major change of approach backed by fundamental re-writing of the treaties, these are delusory fantasies presented by people who - for their own selfish reasons - want you to be tricked again.

Have a look at UKIP’s website United Kingdom Independence Party http://www.ukip.org/

They are also people who for want of confidence in their own

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Page 4 Charles de Gaulle: Bundesarchiv via Wikipedia Commons

Page 5 Harold Wilson: US Government - public domain, via Wikipedia Commons

Page 6 Edward Heath: Alan Warren via Wikimedia Commons

Page 6 Margaret Thatcher: US News and World Report, via Wikipedia Commons

Page 7 Angelina Jolie: Stefan Servos 2004 via Wikipedia Commons

Page 7 Russell Brand: Eva Rinaldi via Wikipedia Commons

Page 14 Gordon Brown: Wikimedia Commons Page 17 Herman Van Rompuy: EFD archives Page 18 Napoleon III: out of copyright
Page 19 Bismarck: out of copyright

Page 20 Fernando Torres:Wikipedia Commons

Page 22 David Cameron: Council of the European Union

All other pictures used were library pictures or illustrations commissioned specially for this booklet.


The booklet could not have been produced without
the help and assistance of my EFD colleague Tony Brown.

A Referendum

How the EU and British  elites are plotting  to fix the result

In this damning assessment of the machinations and falsehoods that have accompanied Britian’s membership of the European Union, Nigel Farage, Co-President of Europe of Freedom and Democracy, and leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party, examines the role of the EU and British establishment in pulling the wool over the eyes of the British electorate. His particular focus is on the course of the 1975 Referendum on membership of what was then called (misleadingly) the ‘Common Market’ and whether, if there is another referendum, we will all be fooled or mesmerised again?

Europe of Freedom and Democracy

Wednesday, 21 March 2012