British Ministers want out of the European Union

First, it was the Minister of Education, Michael Gove, a man of the utmost confidence of Prime Minister David Cameron. Then, the Defence Minister, Philip Hammond. The two publicly declared they would vote for the UK to leave the European Union if there were a referendum.

Although both made it clear that before that, there must be a chance to negotiate with the EU, and in doing so, the ministers threw their support behind the British prime minister, who has promised a referendum by 2017. His statements are a growing realization that the electoral success of UKIP has not only divided the Tories but has led that division within the Cabinet.

Cameron faces Commons on Wednesday in a rebellion of fifty of its Members who tabled an amendment to the annual legislative program, demanding that the government now adopts a law on the referendum. Gove has said that he would abstain, an option allowed by the Prime Minister.

Although the exit of the UK from the Eu seemed a unlikely reality, now it looks as if it may actually happen. Thanks to UKIP and its leader, Nigel Farage, who has been at the epicenter of Westminster without having even a deputy in the Commons. The secret to his success has been pointing out the European disenchantment and the reality that wide open illegal immigration presents to British people. Farage has been the only one who has pointed out that both the British and the rest of the EU are in hands of unelected technocrats and not governed by the elected officials. His success has the Conservative Party in panic mode.

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UKIP’s message has penetrated with particular strength in the county of Kent in southeast England, which has grown from having one a councilor to having 17. Eleanor Mo, president of the UKIP in Kent, rightfully sees the hand of Brussels in almost every evil that the British people and the rest of the EU are experiencing.

It’s in the UKIP “because I want my country back,” proclamation that has rang the alarm bells as Mr. Farage, for example, accompanies his political speech with facts and documentation that explain how the UK and Europe as a whole have fallen into the deep, dark hole of corporate control.  Elenor recently warned that “85% of the laws that we have to live are made by the EU”. A former Tory voter, she moved away from the party after Prime Minister John Major accepted the Maastricht Treaty.

Mo believes that the British economy would improve outside the EU because “only the British meet EU standards, while the Indians and the Chinese export their products here without those obstacles, which forces us to close our business.”

Elenor defends freezing immigration. “Because we are a small country, there is no room and not all come to work: many do not contribute but do receive benefits from what other people work”.

We have received immigration for centuries, and that’s fine. Come, settle down, live in small groups, learn the language, be part of the system. That we can afford. What we can not afford is to have so many people in so little time, ” he says. “We will not close the doors to everyone, but we want to control our borders,” he says.

Mo and Farage’s words have gotten far. “I’m not a fascist. Above all, I want to make it clear that I am not a racist “, says William Richardson, a 69 year old pensioner. He worked as a construction worker, who specialized in roof covering. I usually vote Conservative – “I am not a socialist,” he jokes- but this time voted for the UKIP, “because I hate the way Cameron and his friends do things” .

“There is too much immigration. That is creating many problems in the National Health Service. We need adequate controls and it would be best to leave the EU and get closer to the countries of the Commonwealth,” he says. Richardson admits that he has never had a problem because there are many immigrants living in the UK, but insists that there are too many.

“But I’m not racist,” he reiterates. And he cites the fact that he has a Croatian daughter-in-law and a Jamaican son-in-law. He says he probably will vote for UKIP in general. “I do not think they can change anything but Cameron may be forced to bring about change.”

John Deering is a pharmaceutical engineer of 53 years of age. He is now unemployed. Traditionally, Mr. Deering has been a Tory voter but this time he is eager to vote UKIP

“I think most of those who voted for them are here,” he adds, pointing to the patrons of the pub in Northern Belle. “We love the Europeans, but we are different,” he says. “We’re not anti-European”, he adds. He believes leaving the Union “would be crazy, but “we have to negotiate something.”

Speeches by Nigel Farage such as the ones below are waking up Europeans all over the continent.

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