By now readers will be familiar with the scare tactics being employed by various political and institutional figures. The current line of attack is the false claim that unless the UK remains in the EU it will have no influence over trade and commerce issues in the single market and would be subject to ‘fax democracy’. Some of the recent quotes include:
I don’t think it’s right to aim for a status like Norway or Switzerland where basically you have to obey all the rules of the single market but you don’t have a say over what they are.
– David Cameron, Prime Minister
The EU Federalists have already written the script for the UK’s new relationship as an “associate member”. We will be subject to all the regulations and costs of EU membership without any influence or voting rights. That is roughly the deal Norway currently has.
– Tim Ambler, Adam Smith Institute
Either way the idea is for the UK to effectively be given access to the single market but with little say – like Norway but with some twists and without the EEA-wrapping.
– Open Europe Blog, Tory front organisation
Setting aside the fact Norway and Switzerland’s situation has only been held up as an example of what the UK could achieve outside the EU and that no one has argued it is the only option, the fact is the assertions of Cameron, Ambler, et al are false. Norway does have influence in the regulatory process.
More than that, at times it actually shapes regulatory frameworks that the EU later finds itself adopting. Evidence of this has already been provided on EU Referendum. But to further reinforce the point Richard has provided details of yet another example that explodes the lies and deceptions contained in the quotes above that the media is all too quick to publicise in an effort to scare eurosceptic voters away from supporting the idea of withdrawing from the EU.
The lies of Cameron and co are designed to one end, to keep the EU in control of the UK. We are bound into a developing political union which is not required to achieve free trade or access the single market. But the vested interests of the political class demand that the EU becomes the government of the member states against the wishes of voters, so the lies are told and repeated without challenge by the craven media which is desperate to keep ‘access’ to the politicians. That’s how the game works.