There Is An Alternative
Federalists and other defeatists kid themselves
that there is no alternative to being in the EU.
So what if Britain decided to make a clean break with the EU?
- Let's take Britain's international trade as a whole (visibles plus invisibles). Over 50%
is with the rest of the world outside the EU*, and it's profitable.
Much of our trade with the EU is simply due to geographical closeness -
in previous centuries over 70% was with our neighbours. Over 85% of our economy is trade within the UK or with non-EU
If we left the EU, we would be protected by World Trade Organisation (GATT) agreements, which have been bringing trade barriers
down for forty years.
Switzerland has prospered without ever being in the EU. Like her, we could negotiate a free-trade agreement with the EU.
The cash-strapped continental economies would not cut off one of their largest markets.
- The 1994 Department of Trade & Industry Report listed twelve factors as to why we
were the favourite target in Europe for foreign investment. Membership of the EU was not considered worth a mention.
Outside the EU, we would benefit from assets such as the English language, the City of London, advanced telecommunications,
a skilled workforce, our favourable time zone at 'the heart of the world economy', relatively light regulation and honest institutions.
- As a free nation, Britain would have a lot more influence than if it were bound
by artificial treaties. For instance we would no longer be bound not to oppose the foreign policy 'Europe' wants if it's not suitable for us.
Britain is a member of the Commonwealth, NATO, the World Trade Organisation and G8 - that's hardly isolation?
We are also permanent members of the UN Security Council.
Then there's centuries of world trading links, not least with the City of London. And the English language and time-honoured institutions
give us valuable scientific, educational and cultural links.
- Our defences are secured by what are accepted to be the best fighting forces in the world.
They are bolstered by NATO which keeps the British Government in charge of its own decisions. And as a final resort, we have an
independent nuclear deterrent.
- Freed from the shackles of Europe, a sovereign Parliament can make laws for the benefit of the
British people not Brussels. We could have the standards of animal welfare we want. We could repeal any costly or cumbersome EU legislation.
At the very least we would regain our ability to vote out unpopular lawmakers.
Don't forget we governed our own affairs for centuries before we joined the EEC.
- We could co-operate with the rest of the world - but from a position of strength. (Oddly, current
EU agreements only favour co-operation in between governments in some areas as a last resort,
and even then it has to be under the interfering eyes of the European Commission).
- Under the rules of the
Maastricht and successor Treaties, Britain is committed to run its economy of the
benefit of the EU as a whole - and not the British people. Each year's Budget has
to be rubber-stamped by the European Commission.
We have no power to veto punitive and costly 'Single Market' legislation. We are
bound not to oppose economic and monetary union (EMU) - debatably the British
government is politically committed to supporting the single currency; although
there is no obligation to abolish the Pound, Britain is required to converge its
economy and regard its exchange rate as a common concern.
It is only by leaving the EU that we regain the ability to choose an economic policy that is best for Britain.
It's only a lack of political will that's holding us back?
Set Britain free for a real future.
|Preserving Trade, Preserving Jobs|
|Why not support our campaign|
|Alternatives reviewed by Ruth Lea and Brian Binley MP
Britain and Europe: a new relationship|
|David Campbell Bannerman MEP's
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The Ultimate Plan B|
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who stock works explaining our alternatives.|
*FOOTNOTE: As an example, 1997 figures break down 50:50.
However the EU figure is swelled artificially by goods registered as going to the ports of
Antwerp and Rotterdam; these goods are in fact in transit to other destinations.
Despite subsequent EU enlargement, net trade would still be about 50:50.
Date this page updated: 25 October 2013