John Longworth Resigned From BCC To Tell The Truth About BreXit
Greg Lance – Watkins
The business community is split on the question of Britain leaving the EU about 50:50, I would think. So why do we hear so much from the multinationals and so little from the authentic voice of the real economy?
Notwithstanding the government’s backing for a massively well-funded remain campaign, there are signs that the political and business establishment are beginning to panic. That is because the leave camp’s message that Britain will have a brighter economic future and greater prosperity outside the EU is beginning to cut through.
Exports to the EU constitute about 13% of Britain’s GDP, with 17 % going to the rest of the world. We have a massive trade deficit with the EU (with whom we have a trade deal) and a trade surplus with the rest of the world (with whom, for the most part, we have no trade deal). I have found that, by and large, the businesses who only export to the rest of the world want to leave Europe. It is understandable, as they suffer the burdens of membership of the union but have none of the supposed advantages. Being in the EU is making them uncompetitive in the world market.
The remainder of the economy is domestic. This means that overall, 87% of our economy and the vast majority of jobs are subject to the burdens that flow from being in the EU but prosper entirely independently of it.
After I volunteered to resign as director general of the British Chambers of Commerce so that I could speak freely about Brexit, I received hundreds of messages of support from business people eager to break free of the costs and restrictions imposed by Brussels with the willing cooperation of Whitehall. Anti-Brexit multinational corporations, which represent only around 5% of the businesses in Britain, are short-termist and narrowly focused.
Their primary drivers are quarterly reporting, twice-yearly dividends and fat end-of-year executive bonuses – but rarely planning beyond a three-year horizon. They benefit from the barriers to market entry created by EU regulation and public procurement rules. They can produce cheaply and sell expensively by segmenting the European market. They can also avoid paying tax by operating across EU borders.
They are, in other words, economically rational in their own interests but not particularly concerned about the future of the people of Britain or the wider business community. It is outrageous, in my view, that these corporations have signed up to the EU cause without reference to their shareholders, customers or employees – just as outrageous as the government using taxpayers’ money to fund the pro-EU case.
By contrast, the business people signing up daily, as individuals, for the leave campaign are among the best and most successful in the country. They are the voices of the real economy, and representative of those who generate the vast majority of our output. They are the grafters who have the good ideas, the ones who employ most of our people and who risk their own money. They are the ones committed to local communities.
It is these business people who tell me every day why they think staying in the EU carries a dire risk. The risk is that in the future, the eurozone will make all the economic decisions and Britain will have no say. They are also worried about the avalanche of regulation that could follow a vote to stay.
It is these people who, like me, have done business around the world, who know that taxpayers’ money that Brussels currently wastes could instead be invested in Britain: in public services, in infrastructure and in such things as steel production. We will be able to make our own trade deals around the globe, just like Norway, Switzerland and Iceland. Most importantly, we will be able to take back control of our own affairs, political and economic, giving us more certainty in a very uncertain world.
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With an avg. 1.2M voters per MEP & Britain having only 8%, if united, say. The EUropean Parliament has no ability to make policy and has a Commission of unelected bureaucrats, thus clearly the EU is not even a pretence of being a democracy; yet The EU & many of its vassal States are willing to slaughter people in Sovereign States to impose The EU’s chosen brand of democracy on them!
The imposition of a Government and policies upon its vassal regions such as the peoples of Greece shows just how far from being a democracy the EU is.
There will be little or no change in Britain’s economic position, when we leave the EU, using a better negotiated & updated version of the ‘Norway Model’ as a stepping stone to becoming a full member of the Eropean Economic Area, where all will benefit, as we secure trade relations with the EU’s vassal regions, with an EFTA style status and can trade and negotiate independently on the global stage, as members of The Commonwealth and the Anglosphere.One huge benefit will be that we can negotiate with bodies like the WTO, UN, WHO, IMF, CODEX and the like, directly in our own interest and that of our partners around the world in both the Commonwealth and the Anglosphere at large; rather than having negotiations and term imposed by unelected EU bureacrats and their ionterpretation of the rules handed down as if they were some great achievement by the EU.The greatest change and benefit will be political, as we improve our democracy and self determination, with the ability to deselect and elect our own Government, with an improved Westminster structure, see >Harrogate Agenda<.
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