As you will know if you have read the blog, I voted ‘Leave’ in the EU referendum in 2016, having waited since 1992 (almost half my lifetime) for a say in the matter. The reason for doing so is that like most of my generation I realise that the so-called ‘European Union’ has got beyond the point where it be reformed. The only way to reverse the process of increased centralisation is through the abolition of this political union, which no British people ever voted to join.
I’m aware that support for the EU is strongest amongst those who are too young to know any different: who were still in their childhood, in gestation or had yet to be conceived back in 1992 when Tory PM John Major signed the Treaty on European Union, following the leads of his Tory predecessors, Margaret Thatcher, who signed the Single European Act in 1986 and Edward Heath, who signed Treaty of Accession to the European Economic Community in 1972.
The Fake Ecologists of the ‘Green Party’ are totally opposed to the democratic principles of the ecology movement, whereby society – and political decision making – should be from the bottom-up, not the top down. They oppose any nation becoming more self-sufficient and hence sustainable. These ‘Greens’ are aware that leaving the EU will encourage the trend of localisation, of food being grown and food products being manufactured nearer to their respective sources of consumption, but this goes against their Blairite globalist ideology.
But what does ‘Brexit’ mean in practical terms? One consequence is that food from rump-EU could be subject to import tariffs, so the price of soya yogurt made in Belgium or France for example would go up in in price. But why are such manufactured products being imported in the first place, when Britain has the ports to import the raw commodities, the capacity to manufacture the desired products and one of the largest – possibly the largest per head of population – domestic markets in the developed world for vegan foodstuffs?
Finally, anyone who is worried about how ‘Brexit’ may affect animal rights needs to get real. The vegan movement and the animal rights movement both originated here in Blighty. It is precisely because we island monkeys have negligible influence in continental Europe that other countries have not followed where we have led. The native populations of those other countries will need to instigate change from within, from the bottom-up, not the top-down, to empower the animal rights movement in their respective countries.