Can we have some facts from UKIP?

Councillor Paul Cayton Foyster, Chairman, UKIP South Holland & the Deepings (Reader’s View, January 4, 2018) says, “For many years every single time the UK has objected to new EU rules and laws, we have been outvoted and overruled.” Untrue.

Would anyone locally like to know the facts, rather than the assertions made UKIP and our anti-EU daily press (owned by a few, tax-avoiding, hyper-rich individuals, who can sue me for libel if they wish)?

Official voting records show the British government, since 1999, voted ‘No’ to laws passed at EU level on only 56 occasions, ‘Abstained’ 70 times and voted ‘Yes’ 2,466 times.

In other words, the UK has been on the “winning side” 95% of the time, has abstained 3% of the time and been on the “losing side” only 2% of time since 1999 – not “every single time”, as Paul Foyster alleges.

Unfortunately, Brexiteers, like Paul Foyster, have come to hate the EU at such a visceral, emotional level they’re never likely to be persuaded by facts or evidence showing that all their allegations about the EU are (shock, horror) untrue and remaining in the EU would be in the very best interests of the UK.

So, what’s the key message? Don’t immediately believe anything UKIP or the Mail/Express/Sun/Telegraph tell you. Check the facts first.

Author: Alan Meekings

Alan Meekings is a management consultant specialising in the field of Organisational Performance Management. He has led programmes of major change and sustainable improvement with public, private and third sector organisations for over thirty years. He is a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University School of Management, a Visiting Scholar at Heriot-Watt University School of Management and a member of the European Movement nationally and in Lincolnshire.

All views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Conservative Group for Europe or the European Movement.