Ahead of the crucial vote to decide our Country’s future membership of The European Union I am going to deal with various arguments which are put forward as to why we could not possibly leave the EU.
Let me start with the claim which is frequently made that if we leave the EU we would be denied access to the Single Market. The suggestion is that British companies would no longer be allowed to sell their goods to the other EU countries.
I do not agree because the car makers of Germany, the cheese and wine manufacturers of France and so on will want to continue to sell their goods to us. They will not allow the EU to put barriers up against the UK for fear we would put tariffs on their goods which we do not want to do. We want to extend free trade not reduce it.
Then we are told that there is no Country allowed which is allowed access to the Single Market which does not allow free movement of people ( ie: uncontrolled immigration from the EU ). In other words because we are members of the EU we are liable to pay more for goods from outside of the EU because the EU imposes tariffs. So if we were outside we would have cheaper goods.
If the European Union is the free trade area it is meant to be surely they would want to trade freely with the fifth largest economy in the World.