Lancaster author Robert Watson is a passionate supporter of the ‘Vote Leave’ team. A former psychiatric nurse at Lancaster Moor Hospital and ex-merchant seaman whose father was a local fisherman, Robert has published novels including ‘Seasoned with Salt’ and ‘Boys to Men’
Much has been said about the EU referendum by both sides. If we believe all the stories that are being bandied about we shall all wake up on June 24 with the Russians rampaging through our streets or a huge wall erected around our nation with stickers on it claiming that the UK is now the leper colony of Europe.
I nailed my colours to the mast of the Vote Leave as soon as the referendum was declared. There are several reasons for my choice.
For instance I am sick to the back teeth of our nation being eroded away by faceless wonders in Brussels. Our laws are changed without any consultation within our own parliament.
Take for instance the EU fishing policy. Whilst I am happy that it has been amended, this was largely due to campaigning from people within our own nation.
Yet it saw nearly one million tons of perfectly good fish discarded at the ships rails by the despairing crew of the fishing vessels. The result of this madness made by the EU law makers was thousands of men put out of work and ships sent to the breakers yard.
The remain campaign tell us that immigration can and will be brought under control. How can this be possible?
Don’t get me wrong, I think that we need immigrants for our nation to thrive. But the present open border policy set down by the EU allows millions of people to come to our shores.
We should adopt a system like the Australians have.
This allows the cream of the crop to come to our shores and give something to this great nation.
This nation has always been able to stand on its own feet and face the future. We need to do this again. We can only achieve this by being outside the EU.
But what scares me is what if we vote to remain? The powers that be within the EU are going to say you have had your say now this is how it is going to be from this point on.
We give millions of pounds per day to the EU and the argument from both sides disputes the true amount. But the one thing is clear.
If we vote leave then there would be millions left in the kitty to spend in our own country. Better schools. More nurses. More NHS hospitals could all be funded from the surplus.
I for one do not subscribe to the fear campaign. I also think that the majority of people in this great nation of ours will not be scared into voting to stay.
I saw a great quote the other day and I think it is a fair question to ask. If you were being asked to join the EU would you?