Another day, another steaming pile of fear, uncertainty and doubt bullshit from the pro-EU corporatists. Roland Rudd’s insipid tentacles have been unfurled again and the media, biased beyond belief and fully paid up members of the pro-EU club, meekly repeat the latest instalment of fearmongering with uncritical fealty.
This time the federalist fanatics at the Guardian play host to the latest dose of dishonesty. Never mind that less than half of UK exports are actually destined for EU member states, there’s more lies to boot in there. Martin Barker is the joint-Managing Director of Rowan Precision Ltd. However, he didn’t just decide out of the blue to submit a piece to Comment is Free; he is an EU enthusiast who plays an important part in advocating the agenda of Rudd’s extreme pro-EU Business for New Europe (BNE) and is one of their signatories. As such he is also referenced by another Conservative pro-EU front organisation, British Influence, and provides soundbites on demand to keep the Europhile drumbeat going.
What is really interesting is the language being used by the EuroFUDers. They have clearly been stung by the positive narrative coming from the blogosphere. As blogs such as EU Referendum have exploded the myth that leaving the EU and its political control does not mean leaving the single market and its economic benefits, the EuroFUDers have adjusted their pitch to what we see in byline (emphasis mine):
Limited or restricted access to the EU’s single market would be an impediment to growth, job creation and innovation.
This shows us they are admitting the game is up for their dishonest sweeping claim that leaving the EU means leaving the single market and all that would entail. The fear has been removed. So a new anxiety is required, hence the launch of this revised argument that is designed to suggest that yes, while we could leave the EU and remain part of the single market, that involvement would in some way be limited or restricted.
More fear, more negativity, and yes, more dishonesty. The fact is a country is either part of the single market, or it isn’t. There is no question of limited or restricted access. Such a notion has been dreamed up to maintain FUD. The narrative is as predictable as it is disingenuous and deceitful. A perfect example can be seen in the comments.
Via their sockpuppets they will argue that the structure of Norway’s economy is more limited than ours, as if they makes any difference to the ability of companies to export to EU member states or UK consumers to import from them, which is the rationale for single market membership. They will also claim that access needs to be re-negotiated, doggedly avoiding the fact the UK could simply join the European Free Trade Area (EFTA) – an organisation co-founded by the UK – to remain part of the European Economic Area (EEA) aka the single or internal market. Then there’s the spin and deceit about Switzerland’s relationship with the EU, which in no way restricts their single market access as they are also EFTA members.
All these twists and turns by the EuroFUDers must be happening for a reason. Their only stated concern is the ability of the UK to maintain access to the single market, because they only cite worries about any loss of business or economic benefits to the UK. So when a clear solution is presented that enables the UK to retain those benefits, why all the contortions to falsely declare them unworkable, limited, or restricted? The only possible answer is that their true agenda is political, not economic, and their only aim is to keep the UK firmly part of the EU under the political control of Brussels.
That is the only logical explanation. Why else would they eschew a continuation of the single market membership they claim to prize above all else, but also coupled with the UK being able to arrange future trade deals solely on the UK’s and third country’s own terms, rather than the consolidated compromise fudge deal scrunched up to suit partial interests of all 28 EU members?
There is a positive future that awaits the UK outside the EU.
A future with the capacity for much better trade deals on much more advantageous terms, offering far greater opportunity for British businesses and consumers. Not only that, but the UK being able to sit at the global top table on international bodies in its own right, determining and influencing global regulations long before the EU member states have them handed over for implementation by Brussels. As the quislings at Business for Rule from Europe and Brussels Influence see their strawmen knocked down one at a time, they will be unable to escape having to address this argument. Who knows, even UKIP might finally find its voice!