(CNSNews.com) – Britain must withdraw from the European Union (EU), said a strategist with the United Kingdom Independent Party (UKIP) at an event hosted by the National Center for Public Policy Research in Washington, D.C. earlier this week.
Calling it the “single overriding political priority” of the UKIP, Steven Stanbury said his country’s sovereignty is at stake.
“Absolutely remarkable that a proud and independent country – the Mother of Parliament some people say – got into a position where now 70 percent of our laws – 70 percent of our sovereignty – is actually surrendered to – if pooled -- with 28 other countries,” Stanbury said.
“It’s an amazing position,” he said.
The EU’s origins date back to the 1950s and involve treaties designed “to remove barriers to the free movement of goods, persons, services and capital between the EU Member States,” a phenomenon Stanbury cited to explain why Britain’s membership in the union threatens its autonomy and prosperity.
“Britain has now absolutely no control over its immigration policies whatsoever in terms of EU members,” Stanbury said. “[Some] 485 million people living within the European Union, all of them, any of them are free at any time to move within that European Union, therefore to come to Britain.”
Stanbury called this phenomenon “unsustainable” and, while not blaming people for wanting to migrate to places with a better standard of living than their home country can provide, he said it also causes resentment among British citizens, particularly among the working class where job competition exists.
Stanbury said the 21-year-old UKIP has 35,000 members and is gaining sway in its opposition to the Conservative and Labor parties, which he said are often indistinguishable in their policy stances.
Stanbury described UKIP as a “libertarian, low-tax” party with members who share at least one thing in common with the Tea Party in the United States.
“Enough is enough,” Stanbury said at the roundtable discussion. “We have to roll back this intrusive Nanny State.”