Douglas Carswell

11 MAY 2016

Vote Leave, raise wages

Remainers claim the EU is 'good for the economy'. Really?

Countries inside the EU's single market happen to be the ones performing less well.

Yesterday Iain Duncan Smith highlighted some of the costs that come from being in the EU: depressed wages, inflated house prices, overstretched public services.

The sort of people who fly club class at someone else's expense might like the project. It was, after all, built for and by people like them. Not everyone else gains.

As Britain came out of the last recession there was - for the first time ever - no rise in wages. Why? Perhaps the import of cheap labour had something to do with it?

Free movement from the EU affects house prices too. As demand rockets, prices have to rise. That's one of the reasons so many young people today can't afford to buy a home.

It also affects public services. The NHS is struggling to cope with the pace that demand is rising. The status quo isn't sustainable.

Elites are quick to sneer at the idea of controlling migration. "Little Englanders pulling up the drawbridge," they proclaim.

But no one in Vote Leave is talking about closing our borders. We simply want to control them. Like Australia, we want to be able to decide who comes, and with what skills.

Establishment Europhiles are indifferent to the effect of the EU on wages, because their salaries aren't affected.

If we vote Leave, wages will rise .... as even the leader of the Remain campaign has admitted.

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