Referendum: Voters in Burnham-On-Sea area head to the polls
will be heading to polling stations across the Burnham-On-Sea
area today to cast their votes in the EU referendum.
are open from 7am-10pm today for the historic election.
appeals have been made to residents across the Burnham-On-Sea
area from both sides of the EU referendum debate.
representatives from the Remain and Leave camps made a last attempt
to sway voters.
MP, James Heappey, and former MP Tessa Munt are campaigning for
the UK to remain in the EU, while Helen 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
MP Tessa Munt said: "Im voting to remain in the
EU on Thursday for many reasons. All my adult life Ive been
in the EU. I think Britains done alright over the last 40+
years, and we are still uniquely British weve not
lost our identity. Id like my children and my grandchildren
to enjoy their rights to study, travel, live, marry, own property,
work and eventually retire in any one of 28 countries in the EU,
just as my generation has."
UK enjoys the huge benefits of doing business with 27 other countries
in Europes borderless market place. We have so much more
clout negotiating as part of the EU team for 500million people
than we would for only 65million UK customers and traders."
enjoy the advantage of the EUs constant push towards safer,
cleaner and healthier working and living conditions. Burnham knows
about this first-hand rising EU water quality standards
are forcing our water companies to treat sewage and clean up our
rivers so our beaches are safer. The EU has also given us paid
holidays, rights for part-time workers, a limit to our weekly
working hours, parental leave, health and safety laws and protection
pay to be part of the EU, but in this part of Somerset, we get
so much more back from the insurance policy that is
the EU. In the area I represented as your MP, we paid £16,810,000
a year to be in the EU, but EU support for farmers alone topped
£17,829,000 a year, besides the funding which comes to support
the environment, research, wildlife, science, education, arts,
heritage, nature, tourism and dozens of other Somerset projects.
Almost all of that £18m is spent on buying from local businesses.
Whatever happens on Thursday, big businesses will survive
they can take the heat but imagine the impact of taking
£18million away from small and medium-sized businesses in
our one-fifth of Somerset."
had 70+ years of peace and security in Europe after centuries
of bloodshed. The British-inspired EU Arrest Warrant and Europol
bring criminals back to face justice in British courts, and as
part of the EU, we implemented sanctions against an aggressor
a member of the EU means we have a voice for the future, a seat
at the negotiation table and a chance to make changes for the
good of the UK. We must continue to push for improvements, but
being IN means we always have the option to leave
at a later date. If we vote to leave the EU this week, thats
final. Theres no way back."
certainly dont think the EU is perfect and would have pushed
hard for more changes than those David Cameron negotiated earlier
this year. Amongst other things, Id have insisted that EU
business and votes take place in either Brussels or Strasbourg
I dont mind which - but I deeply resent the waste
of taxpayers money moving between both several times a year.
Ive weighed up what I think is important for my family,
my neighbours, my area and my country and I believe were
better off, stronger and safer working with our partners in the
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."