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Publisher's Summary

MEP and award-winning political writer Daniel Hannan argues for a British exit ahead of the coming referendum.

Hannan demonstrates that the EU is past its sell-by date, rendered obsolete by technological advances, shrinking economically and less relevant to our economic needs than ever. Worse than that, he shows that the EU can't reform, can't be democratic and can't be divorced from its goal of ever-closer political union. Staying in does not mean staying the same, and a vote to leave - far from being the risky choice - is actually the safe one.

Finally, Hannan argues that Britain doesn't have to stay in the EU to remain at the heart of Europe and considers the global role a confident nation freed from EU strictures could play.

Daniel Hannan has been Conservative MEP for South East England since 1999. He writes frequently for the Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Guardian, CapX, and Washington Examiner. He is the author of the award-winning How We Invented Freedom & Why It Matters.

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Critic Reviews

"Confused about the EU referendum? In the dark about which way to vote? Daniel Hannan's invaluable vade mecum will illuminate the whole question showing why voting to leave is a leap back into the light." (Boris Johnson)
"Before voting in this historic referendum you should read this brilliant book. If you've decided to vote Leave this will enthuse you if you're not yet sure it will convince you." (Michael Gove)
"A must read for anyone who is surprised that so many of us now want to leave the EU." (Lord Owen)
"I defy anyone who is undecided on the EU to read this book and not be a convinced Leaver." (Kate Hoey)
"The perfect book for someone who wants to hear a calm clear set of reasons for leaving the EU." (Baroness Jones)
"Powerful intelligent hard-hitting well-written...absolutely required reading for every Briton who is considering voting on 23 June." (Andrew Roberts)

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A MUST READ EVEN AFTER THE REFERENDUM!

Would you consider the audio edition of Why Vote Leave to be better than the print version?

For me it is. I prefer to listen especially when the narrator, the author, is such a great orator.

What does Daniel Hannan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I'm a very auditory person - I learn best from listening - and Daniel Hannan has perfect delivery of his own work.

Any additional comments?

Those who voted to Remain in the EU are now brandishing all Leave voters as the "Uneducated Masses" and "Racists" Some now even call themselves the 'illuminati' and believe that the right to vote should only be given to citizens who reach a higher level of education. (presumably only those who think as they do!) I have even been told by a few that I think I am better than everyone else, having voted to Leave, and that they are ashamed to be associated with me! . Can they not hear themselves? <br/><br/>If you are looking for clarity as to what the heck is going on instead of gullibly believing a very biased or ill informed press, (at least here in the USA) read this book. You will see for yourself why some very educated people also voted to Leave!! <br/><br/><br/>Having read this book, I wouldn't be at all surprised to see a new referendum. And I only pray that Daniel Hannan won't give up the good fight. God help us.

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Very well written, researched and delivered

What made the experience of listening to Why Vote Leave the most enjoyable?

Extremely well structured presentation of the facts

What did you like best about this story?

Good combination of history lesson and current day geo politics

What does Daniel Hannan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He reads it himself which I always like when authors take the time to do

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Cry! At how crazy the EU has become!

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  • aa
  • 10-23-16

Excellent

Perfect narration
Very clear
Enjoyable
If considering this book then I advice that you can purchase with confidence.

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  • Summerdayz
  • 09-10-16

informative, well narrated.

a good intelligible listen, Daniel is a superb narrated and the content informative and honest in stating what the book is and what it is not.

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  • Emma
  • 11-16-16

Detailed angle on leaving EU

Easy listening review based on knowledge and an MEPs' experience, with an educational comical spark.

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  • Macksoft
  • 11-07-16

Very Good

I found this to be a very enjoyable listen. You might not agree if you're of the 'Remain' mindset - the author clearly takes the opposite stance - but if you're interested in hearing from the 'Leave' side you could do worse than listen to this book.

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  • Matthew Wood
  • 07-04-16

Even after the vote...

it's worth a listen. He covers the entire subject of the EU and Brexit and sets out in a factual, reasoned way why we should vote out and what should be done post Brexit. There would be a lot loss fear now if people had listened to this. And the narration by Hannan? Eloquent. A fine orator

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  • David E. Alexander
  • 07-02-16

Calm, factual, revealing, thought provoking

A must read for anyone worrying about the yes vote we have just witnessed in UK

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  • Bus
  • 06-22-16

Well argued case for Brexit

As someone intending to vote to remain I listened to this book in order to hear an intelligent presentation of the other side of the argument (since the television confrontational debates are doing such a poor job of this). I found the book enlightening and well worth listening to. It may even have swayed my vote.

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  • Fernando
  • 06-06-16

One book that everyone in Britain should read.

This book entertainingly and brilliantly sets out an unassailable case for leaving the European Union. A definite "must read" right now before the referendum. I challenge anyone to vote to stay after reading what Daniel Hannan has to say.

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  • Mr SA Lambe
  • 06-27-17

Useful perspective if taken with a pinch of salt

As a left-leaning remainer, but with an interest in other perspectives, I've been reading anti-EU pieces from a number of sources with a view to better understanding the issues - albeit a year too late. Given his conservative credentials, I was apprehensive of listening to this book, but in fact this is a clear, concise and largely factual analysis of the institutional flaws of the EU, largely focusing on issues regarding sovereignty and economics.

First of all, it's good to read a piece that takes a reasonable, analytical approach without resulting to the appalling anti-immigration rhetoric that dominated the debate in 2016. He does stick with the £350 million per week line, but explains why. His analysis of the flaws of the EU is excellent. You may agree with it's path towards federalism, but as Hannan explains, it doesn't really fit in either with our character or the way our political or legal systems have developed over the last 1000 years. He also focuses on the failure of the Euro - a criticism that has come both from the right - as here - and also the left, and the lack of the EUs democratic accountability.

I have often felt uncomfortable about the irrational - almost hippyish - romanticism that has accompanied some remain arguments. I feel that myself. I want us all to get along together and I distrust a backwards step. I understand now, why others feel differently. But this is not an unbiased piece, as the title tells us, and in the final chapters we get his vision of Britain after Brexit - a free trade, unregulated utopia, with lower prices due to the lack of regulation from Brussels and the ability to trade freely around the world. While he is probably right that the EU over-regulates, his call for almost none is troubling, with the dismantling of regulation in the City of London - surely part of the cause of the 2008 crisis - particularly scary. Surely a more balanced approach is needed.

So - listen to this book by all means, and take heart that the consequences of Brexit are not the potential disaster they might be, but remember what perspective they come from. Hannan reveals his true colours at the end of the book. I do not believe this bok is propaganda - as some of the one start Amazon reviews have suggested - but take his views with a pinch of salt.

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  • Fiona
  • 10-16-16

Excellent arguments!

As always, Dan is correct in every detail. An outstanding contribution, which will have influenced the successful course of Brexit.

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