Busting the myth of EU-reliant jobs
AS THE pro EU forces start their campaign there is one huge lie we shall hear time and time again – "Three and a half million jobs depend on our EU membership".
This figure is taken from a report in 1999, published by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) who stated that these jobs depended on trade with the EU.
This fact was jumped on by the pro EU brigade, but they neglected to say five million continental jobs depend on trade with the UK.
The only jobs dependent on EU membership are Baroness Cathy Ashton's, MEPs' and the unelected political bureaucrats in the EU itself, nobody else.
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As NIESR clearly states these jobs are related to, not dependent on, this trade.
They went on to say that if we left the EU only some 50,000 jobs would be lost, temporarily, in the period of adjustment.
The NIESR Director at the time of publication, Dr Martin Weale, described the use of his report as "pure Goebbels. In many years of academic research I cannot recall such a willful distortion of the facts".
This from the author of the report.
It is also said we would suffer a "loss of influence" when we leave.
Currently we have around an eight per cent say in EU affairs, which will decline when Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey join, plus other future countries that Mr Cameron, backed by Messrs Clegg and Miliband want when expanding the EU further, as stated in his (Cameron's) latest EU speech regarding a referendum.
Approximately 75 per cent of our laws are now made in Brussels.
So which influence is more important?
A small and declining presence in Brussels, or the democratic right to make 100 per cent of our own laws.
I know which one I subscribe to.
You must make up your own minds.