Since the Treaty of Rome, EU law overrides UK law. We don’t really have much influence either. The UK has opposed 55 measures in the Council of Ministers since 1996; every single one of those 55 measures has become law in this country anyway. Worse still, in areas of ‘EU competence’ our UK government is now powerless to act, and with ‘shared competence’ we can only act if the EU chooses not to. UKIP would like to ban the cruelty of live animal exports for the meat trade, for example. Whilst in the EU, we’re powerless to act on such basic animal welfare issues. One-size-fits-all laws for 28 different countries as diverse as the UK, Greece, Romania and Finland just can’t work out in everyone’s interests. It’s far better for each country to make its own laws.
As long as we remain in the EU, a condition of membership is that we have to stay in the European Court of Human Rights as well. In this country, we’ve led the way in bringing human rights. We started at Magna Carta almost 800 years ago. We’re the country of visionaries like William Wilberforce MP who defeated the slave trade, and we were one of the first countries to give power to the people through democracy.
But the Courts have a rather different interpretation of what ‘human rights’ mean. We should be able to deport foreign criminals, and we shouldn’t be forced to give prisoners the right to vote. On Monday, a Somali man with no family, a string of violent convictions and a 5-year sentence for manslaughter, was allowed to remain in the UK. Those who come to the UK are guests in our country. If a hotel guest trashes their hotel room, the hotel doesn’t invite them to stay for another night. Yet that’s exactly what the European courts force us to do.
A vote for UKIP is a vote to give power back to ‘the mother of all Parliaments’ in Westminster.