Letter to The Guardian;
The letter from Charles Kennedy and others (30 January) confuses our membership of the EU with our access to the single market. We could retain the latter without the former because:
1. We have 3m jobs exporting to the EU but it has 4.5m jobs exporting to us. We are its largest client.
2. The EU has free-trade agreements with 63 countries worldwide and another 63 on the way, so why not with us, on satisfactory terms?
3. Switzerland, not in the EU, exports three times more per capita to the EU than we do.
4. Only 9% of our GDP goes in trade with the EU (in deficit), 11% goes to the rest of the world (in surplus), and 80% stays in our domestic market. Yet Brussels overregulation strangles all 100% of our economy, and handicaps our exports to the countries of the future. Leaving the EU would create jobs, and restore our democracy.
The Earl of Liverpool
Douglas Carswell MP
John Cryer MP
Mark Reckless MP
Philip Davies MP
Austin Mitchell MP
Philip Hollobone MP
David Nuttall MP
Kate Hoey MP
Gordon Henderson MP
Kelvin Hopkins MP
Graham Stringer MP
Today in the House of Commons I asked the Prime Minister the following question:
Mark Reckless: “Would the Prime Minister explain what it is that he’s vetoed?”
To which the Prime Minister responded:
Prime Minister: “I vetoed Britain’s involvement in a Treaty so as a result it is not an EU Treaty. We had in front of this House, we had the Maastricht EU Treaty, we had the Lisbon EU Treaty, we had Amsterdam, we had Nice. All of those were Treaties Britain was involved in as a member of the EU and they were EU Treaties with full force of law. This is not like that. This is outside the European Union. It is an arrangement come to by 25 other countries and we’re not involved, so as a result we’ve safeguarded Britain’s interest which could have been put at risk by a new EU Treaty.”
After all the huffing and puffing of December the make-up of the front-bench today – Nick Clegg smirking next to the PM with IDS staying away – said it all:
- We have not vetoed anything and at best have an opt-out;
- EU institutions are used by this treaty as with any other EU treaty; and
- We have no safeguards and the City is left wide open to EU regulation by majority vote.
It is time for a referendum to let the people decide if we stay in the EU or become independent. Add your voice by signing up at www.peoplespledge.org
Speaking yesterday (1st February 2011) in the House of Commons during the debate on the European Union Bill, Mark Reckless MP puts forward the case for a straight In/Out Referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union.
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