However, here’s are a trio of biggies for me :
(1) We give the EU £53,000,000 a day to belong to the club. Many people seem to believe that this money is invested back into the UK. It isn’t. The net payment to the EU is around £10,000,000,000 a year. We benefit from none of that. I say we should spend our money on our own country and not just give it away to Europe. We have an aid budget and an overseas development department which also give money to other countries, but at least we say where it goes – and that’s in addition to the £10billion. That riles me when I consider the arguments over giving an extra mere £2billion to the NHS.
(2) I want to live in a self governing country where the laws are decided by the UK Parliament not a foreign one. I want the highest court in the land to be the Supreme Court not the European Court. Look at the farce May went through to deport Hamza, our own rulings being repeatedly blocked by the European courts.
(3) I’ve no problem with controlled immigration along the lines of the Australian system. What I’m not prepared to accept is unfettered right of abode and work and benefits in the UK. You have the skills we need and we have jobs to fill them, then that’s great. Come on in. You’re welcome, but don’t come here claiming benefits while you look for a job.
And you’ll notice that there’s not one single thing in Cameron’s non-existent, non-legally-binding ‘deal’ that addresses any of the above issues.