I only just got started the other day about some of the disadvantages of the EU to us in the UK. And it got me thinking.
I was reading about another local company – Reidsteel in Christchurch. They have a completely different view of the EU and its effect on their business. They want us to leave because they are hampered by red tape – brought about by Brussels.
They claim to be bound up with poorly thought-out directives and rules and to be altogether over-regulated by the EU. They also make the point that these are brought about by unelected commissioners and beaurocrats.
Well said Simon Boyd of Reidsteel. Simon also happens to be the chairman of Business for Britain South West, so he’s speaking for many of our smaller local businesses, not just his own.
Meanwhile Barclays chief executive said he believed staying in would be advantageous for their “consumers and corporate clients.” Consumers? Who is he talking about? Customers? Clients? I’ve never heard bank customers referred to as “consumers” but maybe that’s because yet another American is in charge of the bank. And “corporate clients” refers to big businesses presumably, not the local, backbone-of-Britain, smaller businesses that could thrive under less red tape.
And another thing that has sprung to mind. Although we’re not part of the Euro (thank goodness for that anyway), it’s an integral part of the European Union. And it appears to be falling apart.
It was always a mad idea to try to tie strong economies like Germany to very weak and flaky economies like Greece – and quite a few others. But the Euro has tied them altogether and it’s only a matter of time before the whole pack of cards comes tumbling down. And if we’re part of the EU it is bound to have an impact on the UK isn’t it?
We already lost £billions when we were forced to exit to Exchange Rate Mechanism back in 1992. Some of us have long memories but don’t as a nation ever learn? John Major doesn’t anyway – he wants to stay in the EU. But thankfully Norman Lamont, who was Chancellor at the time of Black Wednesday, is in the Out camp.
The Right Honorable Sir John Major – firmly in favour of membership of the EU 🙁
The In – Out argument continues, but I’m sure you’re not surprised to hear that I’ve already made up my mind….
Post script : I’m now a much happier bunny thanks to Brexit