Why do we need political EU?

I welcome Granville Bantick (Boris and Europhile Lord Owen) to the EU-out campaign and cautiously await Christopher Jackson’s in-out comparator which promotes the self-same nonsensical pronouncements of doom as when Britain left the ERM and failed to join the Euro!

He must now explain why BMW (or Germany) would stop trading with Britain; its second largest export destination.

To his points: Crime has been fought and solved since 1923 through Interpol (a non-EU body of 190 co-operating members) and today’s ‘Five Eyes’ non-EU intelligence organisation.

Crime in the EU escalates because it still fails dismally to police its Schengen borders ‘external frontier to illegal immigration and crime’ (EU’s own words).

Businessmen, not politicians, conduct trade.

Prosperity comes from self-belief, enterprise, luck, hard work and consumers buying one’s product at an acceptable price.

I worked for an exporting manufacturer before we joined the EEC.

If the EU re-imposes punitive 40 per cent tariff barriers against Britain (against WTO rules), they will lose to low-tariff/free trade areas.

Besides, businesses avoid tariffs by opening foreign factories/buying foreign companies – ask BMW, Fiat... even JCB!

The intransigent, self-protectionist, political EU Customs Union does not believe in global ‘free trade’ – their political demands crashed the Indian FTA, stalled the Canadian FTA and TTiP...meanwhile, tiny EFTA easily secured 50+ FTAs – as will Britain.

Britain co-operates and trades peacefully with 160+ non-EU nations – so why can’t 28 European nations without the political EU? Peace is secured through the UN Charter and NATO (Britain, France and America have long fought unhesitatingly on the front line, defending freedom).

Russia respects NATO, but laughs at the EC/EU’s procrastination and ‘military aspirations’ (Falklands, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Georgia, Libya, Gulf Wars, Syria, Ukraine).

The EU desperately needs reform into a modern, apolitical FTA.

Political parties (and 27 EU nations) have long sought reforms but these will only happen once Britain (and others) leave for the EU Commission rejects anything which distracts from their utopian ‘Project’, dismissing ‘No!’ referenda and, with the Lisbon Treaty, refuses reforming treaties.

Instead, it ‘re-interprets’ the old... which bodes badly for Cameron’s ineffectual ‘reforms’.

Barry M Jones,

Bixley Lane


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