Belfast Telegraph

High cost of staying in Europe

By David McNarry

UKIP wants our country back and to be free to make our own laws, rules and regulations without interference by Brussels.

Ukip sees the economic sense and logic in redistributing the £55m daily payment given to Europe and putting it into our own economy.

Many of a certain vintage will recall the United Kingdom joining the "Common Market" and are left wondering how on earth we ended up in this European Union.

Instead of the savage Tory cuts, how much better off we would be by using our own money to fight austerity?

How much better off by having the use of our own money, rather than propping up a dysfunctional Europe?

Seemingly, some reckless people - clearly impervious to hardship - trot out the flawed Europhile bleating that it would be a disaster to vote to leave the EU.

Let me address those who are pushing to lose our British identity and integrity by championing the "Let's get out" cause: Ukip says trust the people.

The EU fan club argues that leaving Europe would create trade problems and barriers between ourselves and the Republic. This is far-fetched and untrue.

Leaving the EU, which the British people will vote for, would be entirely on the basis of free trade between the United Kingdom and European countries. Leaving the EU would also free the UK from barriers to trade outside Europe, such as Canada, Australia and other Commonwealth countries - just as Norway and Switzerland have successful, attractive arrangements to trade with the EU.

The fact is the EU countries export more to the UK than UK exports to them.

They would be crazy to ban business.

It would be an economic no-brainer for the EU to create any form of trade barriers. Business is business, so long as the traders are paid.

No one in their right mind would put obstacles in the way of buying and selling.

Are the CBI and others implying that Germany will cancel its sales of cars, that France will stop selling to us, or the Italians will set up barriers forcing their companies to lose sales and money? Don't be ridiculous.

  • David McNarry MLA is Ukip leader in the Northern Ireland Assembly

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