Following on from the previous post about David Cameron’s inauspicious jaunt to China, we find a report on the BBC that is helpful in reinforcing why EU membership is a straitjacket for a country like the UK.
Irrespective of whether a free trade agreement of the type Cameron has called for is a good thing or a bad thing for the UK, the fact remains the UK cannot form such a trade relationship with China even if it wants to because the EU does not let member states make such agreements. Any trade agreement with China would have to be made between Beijing and Brussels.
The UK and its business community can be as outward facing as they like, but unless the EU – with its slow moving bureaucracy, 28 member state bloc and all the competing interests that throws up – makes a deal, the UK is powerless to act. Even if the EU does make a deal, it may still fall far short of what would give the UK and its economic sector maximum benefit.
It is constraints such as these which demonstrate once again that the UK could only seize all opportunities that are in its interests if it were independent.
There are many positive reasons for leaving the EU and its Little Europe mentality. Opening up other markets to our goods and services and accessing overseas goods and services more cheaply than we do now is just one of them. Another is being able to speak with our own voice, in our own interests, and helping to formulate the global rules and regulations concerning trade, as members of the global organisations where we have no seat because the EU ‘represents’ us.
For the UK to be able to maximise its influence and potential and seize opportunities, it has to walk tall on the global stage as an independent nation.
The first step in that process is to recognise the EU is and always was intended to be about centralising political power; economic benefits, where they arise, are merely incidental. So for the good of our country it is imperative that we free ourselves from the EU straitjacket.