Forty years ago today, the United Kingdom joined the European Economic Community. That decision was reinforced by the 1975 referendum.
A generation later, the EEC has morphed, first into the European Community, then to become the European Union, something far removed from the free trade area with a few political conferences, that our parents voted either Yes or No to.
The EU has a President (who we can't vote for) a Foreign Minister (Baroness Ashton, who again we can't vote for) and an intelligence agency (who we know less about than our own secretive security agencies). No doubt in time the EU will have its own police force and army. It sets laws that take precedence over those created by the House of Commons.
All this costs us billions of pounds per year (the actual estimates vary). Forty years on - it is time to remove this additional tier of government and civil servants from our backs, and to leave the European Union.