The people that are coming are people who have invested a lot both humanly and financially to get to Europe. You pay thousands of dollars per person just to get on these small rubber boats from Turkey to Greece in hopes of not drowning. You become illegal. You are a crime. You hide in trucks filled with people dead and alive, all fighting for one thing: freedom. The issue becomes even more personal for me when I know that my mother and I have walked the same path as these children have.
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Here's a proposal. Let's have genuinely focused discussions about these two important decisions by conducting the campaigns at different times. Both debates need a decent amount of time, coverage and political space in order to give voters the ballots they deserve.
I'm not saying that leaving will mean that the UK becomes some kind of utopian nation overnight. But as long as faceless foreign bureaucrats with their self-appointed six-figure salaries have a say in how our country is run, I cannot have confidence that we can achieve our full potential as a nation.
Propaganda about food prices going up if Britain chose to leave the European Union has moved beyond scaremongering to utter lies.
The future of human rights protection in the United Kingdom is on the verge of change as the government prepares its consultation to replace the Human Rights Act with a Bill of Rights. The consultation stage represents a critical step whose result I hope will dispel fears of regression in the UK's commitment to human rights.
Basically, Cameron is taking the British public for a ride. To be fair, he is stuck. Renegotiating Britain's position is not an easy task - European countries don't seem to have much of an appetite for it. But by pretending to have gained meaningful concessions from the EU, when he quite clearly has not, only helps those who want to leave the EU.
My hope is that the referendum will be the beginning of the process of positive reform of the European Union. But given that we are committed to the pointless farce of a nationwide vote we just have to get on with it, and get through it.
I welcome European Council President Donald Tusk's proposal this morning, as representing, without any doubt, a 'substantial change', as David Cameron has already said, to Europe's position on the concessions it must and will make to keep the UK inside the EU.
The notion of 'Brexit' is no longer the sole domain of Tory Eurosceptics and UKIPpers. There are many compelling left-wing arguments for leaving the European Union; the EU's perceived obsession with free trade, potentially to the detriment of environmental safeguards and workers' rights; its exasperating tendency to shoot itself in the foot through opaque decision-making combined with some appalling PR. The EU can indeed be its own worst enemy.
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This weekend marks the end of the Prime Minister's renegotiation with Europe. Apparently. His plan is to present this to the country after the local elections in May with a referendum to be held across Britain in June.
With the referendum imminent, there are countless questions yet to be answered. However, with time running it will be crucial for the British public to receive enough information, which does not yet seem to be happening. The cards are in Cameron's hands, but it is whether or not he will leave enough time for campaigning which is the real question.
The EU is about unity, alliance and mutual support, and I am a backer of it in that capacity, but this dog-eat-dog backstabbing is corroding its very foundations and questioning the validity of the very high regard in which the rest of the world holds us.
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