Reader Ellee Seymour, posted a comment yesterday, that begs for an answer:
Andrew Duff, Lib Dem MEP, has a letter published to today's East Anglian Daily Press about Douglas Carswell and Co saying they cannot say how an independent Britain could possibly stand up politically to the US or compete economically in an open, global market. He goes on to add that neither can they tell us how they would seek to influence decisions in Brussels without the engagement there of British MEPs, ministers and officials. He concludes by saying that UKIP and its fellow travellers in the Tory party would sell Britain short.So as not to let Ellee down, here is my response to Andrew Duff. Standing up politically to the US:
Over to you...
- It may be painful to Mr Duff, but the UK is more often than not on the same side as the USA.
- Even if we weren’t the EU is impotent in such matters.
- Countries do not compete against each other, companies and individuals do.
- The EU hobbles our companies with regulations that damage their competitiveness. No amount of joined up lobbying clout can make up for this.
- In fact, when it comes to trade issues, the EU is largely pushing for things that are not in British interests, so we are not even benefiting from the EU’s size.
- If we were not a member, only the proportion of our trade that is with the EU would be subject to EU rules. Domestic trade and other international trade would not be affected. So why would we need to worry.
- A cynic could also add that we currently seem to have zero impact in Brussels anyway. The train is going to a destination that we don’t want, so at best we are able to slow it down.