Daniel Kawczynski is the MP for Shropshire and Atcham, having first been elected in 2005. Amongst his roles in Parliament he has sat on the Foreign Affairs Select Committee between 2015 and 2017, and is the current Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Poland. Previously, he was David Cameron’s Special Advisor on Central and Eastern Europe.
It was only following former Prime Minister, David Cameron’s botched attempts at EU reform prior to the Referendum campaign that Daniel Kawczynski MP’s passionate Euroscepticism really took off. Having seen the contempt with which Cameron was treated by Eurocrats, he realised any attempt to reform the EU would be futile.
“We’re not a small little country, we’re not a net beneficiary of EU funds. We’re the fifth largest economy in the world. We’re a permanent member of the UN Security Council. The whole common defence posture of the continent of Europe is anchored upon British participation and the contribution we make – and we have handed over £460 billion pounds to the kitty since we joined. So one would’ve thought these countries would give us a certain amount of consideration in order to keep us IN.”
Previously Daniel had played a role in the early 2000s pulling the Conservative Party out the EPP group in the European Parliament – “a receptacle for Federalist parties” – and moving them into the European Conservatives and Reformist groups. From here he hoped the UK would be able to “have an impact” on reforming the EU, hailing the decision as a “very exciting moment” which many in Britain “naively thought was the start of changing the European Union.”
Indeed, the decision to Leave the EU is “not something we’ve done on a whim, it’s not a knee-jerk reaction, it’s something we’ve tried to avoid for many years, but because our concerns fell on deaf ears” the decision was taken to walk away. This is a clear rebuttal to those who foolishly believe reform of the European Union is still possible – for several decades British efforts have been concentrated on such an objective, but to no avail.
Britain’s contribution to the EU has long been a point of grievance for many Brexiteers, and Daniel is no exception, bemoaning the fact the UK is unable to support its own services, whilst propping up projects across the Continent:
“Why has the UK got to make so many sacrifices and give that level of support to the European Union?”
He goes on to claim:
“Our position is untenable whilst we continue to have big shortages in our own country. Whilst we can’t build and repair roads, whilst we can’t give our own NHS sufficient resources to avoid pressures, whilst we can’t provide enough money for your schools, whilst we can’t give enough to our armed forces, we are still pouring vast figures of taxpayers’ money into the EU.”
As Britain Leaves the Customs Union, we will be able to reengage with old friends across the globe with whom “we share a language, a history, a monarch – these are extraordinary circumstances and of course we are going to be looking to them in the future more than we look to Europe – which is getting smaller as a percentage of global output by the minute”
The younger generation are “are very lucky, it’s such an exciting opportunity, with huge growth around the world and the UK is in a great position to take advantage of it”. He references countries such as Brazil, Singapore, China – “massive giants are rising, and to be able to trade with them, with tailor-made trade deals – that’s hugely exciting.”
Moving on to the issue of Sovereignty, the foresight of the British people is heralded:
“The British people didn’t vote on pulling out of the EU as it is today, they calculated how the organisation had changed since we joined – where will we be in 2025 – and they realised we were hurtling towards something which is even more incomprehensible than what we find ourselves in now.”
He also commends public opinion for having “saved Britain” from the Euro, making our departure “a thousand times easier”, and giving “us the opportunity to extricate ourselves.”
As Eurocrats seek to force the Member States of Europe closer together into a homogenous supranational state, it is worth reminding ourselves of the importance of nations:
“People have an affinity to a nation state. We have an empathy, we have loyalty, we have a mental emotional loyalty to the sovereign to the flag. It’s something we’re very lucky to have.”
Clearly, for the EU this stands in the way of their federalist project and as Juncker hurtles ahead with his plans for a fully functioning Defence Union by 2025, the danger of this political project is beginning to get out of hand.
Kawczynski went on to say:
“The EU has the opposite of the Midas touch. Everything it touches turn to dust rather than gold, whether it’s the immigration crisis, whether it’s the Eurozone crisis, whether it’s the massive levels of youth unemployment. We cannot allow Eurocrats to get their hands on the defence of our Continent.
“In the best case scenario they will hamper, impede and duplicate the services of NATO, in the worst case scenario they will undermine the supremacy of NATO as the supreme defence provide of the Continent of Europe and they will create instability which is very dangerous.”
Daniel is proud to be the first Polish-born British Member of Parliament, and believes there are many likeminded countries, such as Poland, with whom the UK can co-operate to bring about the end of the EU.
“Britain, as always, has led the way. Being the first to do something is always the most difficult. We are tiptoeing through a minefield, but leaving a trail of breadcrumbs for others to follow. And when we are a great success outside the European Union, and when the differences between us and the EU start to show. That is when others will start to follow.”
Robert Bates is a Research Executive at grassroots, cross-party campaign Get Britain Out