Sovereignty

Membership of the European Union is undemocratic because the European Commission, which is unelected, has the monopoly of proposing all EU legislation which it does in secret. It also has the power to issue regulations which are automatically binding in all member states.
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Immigration

Britain has given away control of immigration within the EU to the EU, and retains the power only to control non-EU immigration. This has led to huge disparities where Commonwealth citizens with family in Britain struggle to obtain visas whilst EU citizens with little link with the UK can automatically work here.
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Fishing

British fishing policy is determined by the political imperative of European integration. The objective is to create an EU fishing fleet catching EU fish in EU waters under an EU permit system controlled from Brussels. .
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Trade

Britain pays direct ‘membership’ costs of £17.4bn, which equate to an annual net contribution of £6.7bn and dramatically rising owing to Tony Blair’s surrender of a sizeable part of the British rebate.
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Jobs

It has been happening for the past twelve years and continues to slip off the tongues of European Union supporters and spin doctors in newspaper, on television and during broadcast interviews, “3 million jobs depend upon the EU” whilst avoiding, of course, providing evidence.
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The Economy

Bernard Connolly is a renowned British Economist, well known for his negative view of the euro. He was actually one of the first insiders to start touching upon the preparations for the euro currency.
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Farming

Do I think that British Agriculture could survive outside the EU? Yes, of course I do. After all, this is the country that produced Jethro Tull, the NORFOLK four course rotation, James Watt, Henry Ferguson and of course Guy Smith!
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Welcome to the Campaign for an Independent Britain

The Campaign for an Independent Britain (CIB) was formed in 1969 as a cross party coalition opposed to Common Market entry in 1973. we are an umbrella group supported by public donations with an elected executive of up to 14 members that has become recognised as the leading group of eurosceptic campaigners in the UK, being one of the few groups which has advocated withdrawal from what is now the European Union ever since the UK joined.

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The Campaign for an Independent Britain held a highly successful workshop about leaving the EU at the International Hotel, Derby on Friday 11 July

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CIB Guests

Visitors attended from a wide area, stretching from the West Midlands to Northampton and even Kent; the age range was from 15 to 80s. Papers delivered by John Harrison on the euro currency (“Dividing Europe, Destroying Lives”) and by by Robert Oulds (“ The heavy lifting of realistic negotiation – Norway and beyond, “having it all”) were appreciatively received. Questioning was vigorous and constructive.

The meeting started out with quite a wide range of views from the audience but it was noticeable that by the end, that a great deal of consensus had arisen from listening to the introduction, the papers and watching the film “The Norway Option”. Apprehension about the use of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty was much reduced. One member of the audience, a former colonial civil servant, dismissed the idea of quick, substantial re-alliance with the Commonwealth countries as wishful thinking although opportunities for gradual rapprochement would be available outside the EU political structure.

One of our patrons, Heather Wheeler MP (South Derbyshire Conservative) attended the middle part of the proceedings, watching the “Norway Option” film and contributing to the discussion.

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