East of England MEP wants to be sacked on June 23 as campaign hits Diss

An MEP has called on Diss residents to sack him when they cast their ballot paper on whether to remain or leave the European Union.

Friday, 3rd June 2016, 2:13 pm
Updated Friday, 3rd June 2016, 3:17 pm
UKIP MEP Stuart Agnew (left) with Geoff Lazell, constituency co-ordinator for the Vote Leave campaign in South Norfolk. ANL-160306-133316001

Stuart Agnew, 66, MEP for the East of England for UKIP, was campaigning in Market Place today ahead of the referendum vote on June 23.

Mr Agnew told the Diss Express he had three primary arguments for leaving the EU.

“We have lost control of lawmaking and our democracy has really suffered,” he said. “We hand money to the European Union — the net is about £10 billion a year, which is money we could do better things with, and we have lost control of our borders.

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“It is beginning to dawn on everybody that we have lost control and whoever we elect into the government of this country can’t actually produce a manifesto to run our country. They are dependant on rules and court judgements elsewhere.

“Only one person has approached me and said they wanted to remain, because of the uncertainty.

“I then said there is a big uncertainty by staying in because of the two big crises in Europe — one of which is the Eurozone crisis, it has caused almost civil war in Greece now, and the other is the migration crisis, which they are demonstrably showing they don’t know how to cope with it.

“My message to people is let’s get off the ship before it sinks, because it is a better option to get a little bit wet getting into a lifeboat.

Geoff Lazell, constituency co-ordinator for the Vote Leave campaign in South Norfolk, said he felt Diss was “very” Eurosceptic.

“We have been running these street stalls in Diss, Harleston and Long Stratton every week since the end of February and I would say the percentage of pro leave passers by has increased from 60-65 per cent up to about 80-85 per cent,” he said.