Could Britain survive outside the EU?
There has for years now been
a cynical and ruthless propaganda campaign to persuade us that Britain has no
future outside Europe. This is nonsense. For example, take Switzerland. They
ignored the encouragement of their Government and voted against joining the EU.
But they have negotiated for themselves an excellent trade agreement - thereby
putting a lie to the utterly false claim that no European country can possibly
survive unless it becomes part of the EU.
The europhiles constantly argue
that Britain would be ruined if she left Europe.
Oh, what porkies these
people do tell.
As The Economist said recently: `...the idea that
leaving (the EU) would be `economic suicide' is nonsense'.
would happen if Britain pulled up the Tunnel and stopped paying subs to the big
EU in Brussels.
1. The EU would impose its external tariff on British
exports to Europe. This would make very little difference to British companies -
most of whose exports go outside Europe anyway. The World Trade Organisation
restricts the EU to an external tariff of around 6% so the effect would, in any
case, be quite small. (Britain would almost certainly be able to negotiate for
itself a smaller tariff - in the way that Switzerland has. This would drive down
the cost of leaving the EU still further.)
2. If outside the EU, Britain
would, inevitably, be outside the euro. There would be an exchange rate between
the pound and the euro. In the long run this could well be to Britain's
3. The external tariff on Britain's imports from outside the
EU would disappear. Britain would probably gain more from this than it would
lose from the imposition of a tariff on British exports to Europe.
Britain outside the EU would be able to make special trading deals with other
countries - such as those in the Commonwealth. This could be hugely
5. Europhiles claim that if Britain left the EU then
countries from outside Europe (such as Japan and America) would invest less.
This is nonsense. Britain attracts more outside investment (known to economists
as `Foreign Direct Investment') than other European countries because its labour
market is still relatively unregulated. If it was outside the EU Britain could
take advantage of its independence to reduce the number of regulations limiting
foreign companies. EU regulations are already regarded as a minefield. Just ask
some of the foreign companies who have had eurocrats leaping up and down all
over them. Many would jump at the chance to invest in a less regulated part of
Europe. The tariffs would be a small price to pay. Finally, even if FDI did
fall, Britain would not necessarily lose since in an often irrational attempt to
encourage foreign businesses (at the expense of British businesses) the British
Government subsidises these investments. A subsidised outside investment may
well not make money for the country!
The bottom line is that the British
stand to lose nothing by leaving the EU.
If Britain left the EU it would
leave behind an incompetent and power hungry bureaucracy which has consistently
failed. If we left the EU they would not be able to do anything in revenge.
Remember we have a trade deficit with the EU. (For example, we have a deficit of
over £3 billion a year trade with Germany alone.) The EU countries desperately
need our trade.
British politicians have supported the EU, lied and
deceived the British voters and signed away rights and freedoms and they have
claimed that they wanted Britain to have influence in Europe.
Britain has far less influence in Europe than it had ten,
twenty or thirty years ago.
Politicians have sold out the voters to gain
personal political influence.
Britain, and the British, have gained
nothing from membership of the EU. But membership has cost a great
Britain would survive and survive well outside the EU.
people of Norway and Switzerland have voted against joining the EU - and have
thrived. Greenland, once in the EU, escaped and has prospered since getting out.
If they can do it so can Britain.
Britain would survive and prosper
outside the EU. It would be richer and more powerful. And its citizens would
regain their lost independence.
Britain's trade is in surplus with every
state in the world except the EU. If Britain left the EU it could regain power
of its legal system, armed forces, and agricultural policies. Hundreds of
thousands of small businesses would be saved from stifling bureaucracy. British
is the worlds leading business language. British dominates the Internet. Our
language means that we can trade with any other country in the
Tony Blair won't tell you this but Britain would be much richer if
it left the EU. We would save a fortune. And be free of 30,000 rules.
only people who would lose would be the politicians for whom the British stage
is too small.
We could leave the EU in minutes. All we have to do is
recall our ambassador to the EU.
(Did you know we had one? How, you might
ask, can we have an ambassador to something we are supposed to be part of?)
Withdrawing our ambassador would invalidate all treaties between Britain and the
Or Parliament could simply repeal the Acts of Parliament which hold
us to the EU.
We could be out of the EU in
Taken from `England Our
England' by Vernon Coleman, published by Blue Books. Available from the
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Copyright Vernon Coleman