Referendum: Final plea to Burnham-On-Sea voters from both sides
appeals have been made to residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area
from both sides of the EU referendum debate.
just hours to go until polls open for Thursday's historic vote,
local representatives from the Remain and Leave camps have made
a last attempt to sway voters.
MP, James Heappey, is campaigning for the UK to remain in the
Hims, Burnham's former UKIP parliamentary candidate and the leader
of the local Leave campaign, is pushing for voters to back the
move to leave the EU.
MP James Heappey told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Thursday's
vote matters a lot. It will shape the direction of our country
for decades to come and the choice is not straightforward."
will be arguments made that this is all about sovereignty. Vote
to leave and we get our country back. Beyond that we'll make something
up as we go along and it'll all be fine."
it isn't as simple as that. The world has changed since we joined
the EU - the age of the nation state replaced by the age of globalisation
and interconnection. People might wish it could be like it was
in the 'good old days', but they're gone."
our strength comes through our influence. And our influence comes
from being a part of things. From being on the pitch playing the
game rather than carping from the sidelines."
beware the siren call of sovereignty and worry about the economic
abyss that awaits if we leave on Friday. I won't go so far as
to say that disaster is guaranteed as the referendum campaign
has already had far too much hyperbole. The truth is that we just
don't know what our economic plan would be should we leave."
me, that's too risky. And I reject wholly the suggestion that
five or ten years of pain is alright if we get our country back
in the end. Tell that to the young person just starting their
career, or the person saving for a mortgage. Tell it to the small
business that is trying to grow or the person trying to plan for
stock exchange and currency markets have recovered this week because
they are betting on a remain vote. Make no mistake, if they thought
the opposite outcome was coming, the pound would rapidly lose
value and the stock market would lose billions. If we actually
left, people suggest it would be worse than Black Wednesday."
cares? It's just bankers losing money. Nope. It's our pension
funds, it's our ISAs, it's our companies' ability to invest and
create new jobs, it's the cost of importing things like petrol
and its recession."
me, that's just too big a risk to take. So I'm voting to remain
and expecting that after the battering we've given the EU here
and with French and German General Elections to come in the next
eighteen months; I'm expecting that they'll finally see the writing
on the wall and accept the need for more change."
no matter what the result, please let's learn from last week that
the great thing about our democracy is that we have the right
to disagree with one and another. Nobody who votes to remain is
a traitor, nobody who wants to vote to leave doesn't care for
our country. We will all be voting for what we think is best for
the United Kingdom. We must respect that and respect the result
Helen Hims, who is leading the local Vote Leave campaign, told
Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Many people are being increasingly confused
by the countless arguments being flung back and forth. It's time
to narrow our decision down to the fundamental issue of: 'who
runs our country?'"
"I'm pro-European and pro-World, but anti-EU. To me this
referendum is all about self-governance."
"One of the most precious things we possess is the ability
to control our destiny through the ballot box; electing and removing
those who govern us."
EU commission might do some things we like, and our elected politicians
might do some things we dislike, but if that's the basis on which
we vote to stay, we might as well accept tyranny."
"Voting 'In' on 23rd June doesn't mean no change, it means
surrendering everything we've ever known to a foreign, unelected,
undemocratic government which will ultimately have the final say
over every aspect of our lives - no further ballot boxes required!"
"As the oldest, most stable and most successful country in
Europe, the UK has a duty to remind the European Union, barely
50 years old, that government is the servant and not the master
of the people."
"The EU model is outdated and failing, the Euro currency
doesn't work, its borderless regime is breaking up, the migrant
crisis is overwhelming and European solidarity is coming to an
"It should be clear the future of Europe lies not with an
integrated German-led federal union, but with closely-co-operating
independent sovereign nations, seen as normal everywhere else
in the world - except the EU."
"This referendum is our chance. We can see the direction
in which the EU is going, and we know that no re-negotiation can
alter it from within. As the EU shrivels economically, and yet
continues its relentless march toward full statehood, we have
one last opportunity to stand amicably aside and negotiate a better
relationship based on free-trade and self-governance: Vote Leave."
stations will be open across the Burnham-On-Sea area from 7am-10pm