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Email from the "Get Britain Out" campaign Jan 2013

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. . . My article for The Commentator exposed the brutal new EU animal testing rules that came into force on 1st January.  This legislation allows all sorts disturbing activities to take place including the beheading of birds, the bludgeoning of puppies and kittens and animal testing on stray pets – which could in fact be your own pets at some time in the future. . .  The EU clearly does not care about the rights of animals, who cannot speak up for themselves.  It is crucial the public understands the EU has increased its legislation on the testing of more ingredients in foods, chemicals, herbal medicines, cosmetics and perfumes meaning more and more animals have to be used and abused in this way.

Last week in The Sun we exposed the shameless pro-EU propaganda now circulating in our schools.  As well as the obvious moral dubiousness of distributing misleading and biased pro-Euro political propaganda to our children, this also gives an insight into the warped perspective of the Eurocrats.  If the average Greek or Spaniard was asked to describe the results of the Euro project, then it seems somewhat unlikely they would use phrases like “better performing economies” and “sounder public finances”.  

On Wednesday I appeared on the Finnish TV station YLE to talk about why we need to Get Britain Out of the EU.  Our efforts are now being recognised internationally.  You can watch the interview by clicking here, scroll forward to 16.43 to see their feature on the EU and my interview.

We have been quoted in The Daily Express on the subject of David Cameron’s continued and deliberate referendum ambiguity.  From leaks to the press we understand David Cameron will give his long-awaited EU speech on 22nd January in the Netherlands.  The Spectator suggests the Prime Minister will only commit to renegotiation after the 2015 general election and will put “renegotiated” terms to a referendum in 2018. Nick Clegg was even quoted in the Daily Mail today saying that as a Dutch speaker he will be there to “give a translation – from double Dutch to just Dutch”!

Time is running out and a vote in 2018 is unacceptable.  Article 16 of the Fiscal Union Treaty incorporates fiscal union into EU law by 2017.  We are                          bound by EU law and will find ourselves in fiscal union as a consequence.

Renegotiation therefore is simply impossible.  Only this week, on a visit to London, Gunther Krichbaum, the chairman of Germany’s European affairs committee said, “Britain risks being ‘isolated’ and leaving the EU would weaken its position in the world.  You cannot create a political future if you are blackmailing other states.” He also suggested any efforts by Mr Cameron to renegotiate our relationship would be blocked to stop other EU member states making their own demands.

So who is “blackmailing” who?   We are a strong country, we produce excellent goods and we can trade throughout the world.  The EU’s laws, regulations and Directives are holding us back and forcing small businesses to adhere to irrelevant EU rules.

We demand an In/Out EU referendum before the next election – before it is too late for the UK.

Get Britain Out will carry on doing our best to make sure this happens by keeping up the pressure on our politicians, and never allowing them to forget the Great British Public want their country back. . .

Tim Aker, Campaign Manager

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Are we more effective for animals In the EU or out of it?

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