Britain decides today whether to stay in the EU or leave.
The Third Way position is very simple: the EU is an undemocratic institution which prevents us from managing our own economy as we would wish. It should be rejected.
We regard the EU as an undemocratic institution. Its elected parliament has no real power. It cannot even initiate legislation; the orders are issued by the unelected Commission and the Central Bank.
The EU also overrides the democracy of member states. When the people of Greece voted for a government that would end austerity Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said: “There can be no democratic choice against the EU treaties.”
Greece’s government was humiliated and ministers elected specifically to carry out a left-wing programme were forced to put into practice an extreme programme of privatisation. The expressed will of the Greek people counted for nothing.
When voters get the chance to vote against the EU it generally has no effect. The French rejected the EU Constitution, so it was incorporated into the Lisbon Treaty. The Irish rejected that, and were told to vote again till they got their answr right! If we vote for Brexit today that is unlikely to be the end of the story. Already pro-EU politicians are saying that whether we stay in the single market is a separate issue. There is talk of up to four years of ‘negotiations’ about leaving followed by a second referendum to ratify or reject the deal. Some in parliament have even said they might ignore the referendum result and vote against any motions put to leave.
Third Way also favours a Leave vote because the EU limits State involvement in the economy – something we strongly advocate. Italy was taken to court by the EU for trying to assist its steel industry. To give another example RMT general secretary Mick Cash, one of the highest profile union leaders backing a Leave vote, says that only this will enable Britain to bring its privatised railways back into public ownership.
Mr Cash points out the EU is promoting rail privatisation across its 28 member states with the European Parliament recently calling for all rail routes to be ‘opened up to competition’. Several polls have revealed that more than two-thirds of Britons want to see their railways renationalised. The EU would block this.
Third Way believes that you should vote Leave to restore democracy and the ability of Britain to decide how best to run its economy.