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EU Referendum ‘crucial for the future of our country’ – Parkhill

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Steven Parkhill, the UKIP Assembly Candidate for East Londonderry has described the upcoming referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union as ‘crucial’ for the future of our country.

Mr Parkhill said:  “The EU referendum is a crucial referendum for the future of our country.

The draft deal published last week by European Council president Donald Tusk revealed that David Cameron had already reduced his renegotiation down to a set of trivial demands and reneged on manifesto pledges. Newspaper headlines and polling illustrates that these ‘demands’ are not good enough and not satisfying for the British people.

Cameron’s proposed reforms are an absolute omni-shambles. It is clear that EU law will remain supreme within the UK. Nothing in David Cameron’s renegotiation will change this. Our politicians will be answerable to unelected EU judges, who will strike down UK laws in any given whim. It’s time to regain sovereignty of this great nation and end the supremacy of EU law.

By withdrawing from the European Union our fantastic small and medium-sized businesses would be given the golden opportunity to thrive and focus on creating jobs and driving the economy rather than complying with burdensome EU regulation.

Europhiles claim leaving would be ‘bad for trade’ yet recent statistics show that the UK exported more to the rest of the world than the EU for the second year in a row, with the gap between the two widening from £1.7 billion in 2014 to £17 billion last year. The trade pattern shift is quite clear: in 2006 the EU accounted for 62% of British exports, but last year it accounted for just 47%. It’s in the best interest of our economy to divorce ourselves from a stagnating eurozone, create our own trade deals and put ourselves in the best position to trade with the rest of the world.

If we remain in the EU, unelected Brussels bureaucrats will have control over our borders, economy and democracy, and that is not acceptable.

My party colleagues and I have already began to actively campaign across not just East Londonderry, but the entire nation, providing clear leadership on the most important vote in a generation. I ask the question, when will the DUP and UUP do the same?”

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