Leaving EU would put jobs at risk

Leaving EU would put jobs at risk

Leaving EU would put jobs at risk

First published in Your Views

While Michael McGough is correct (Guardian, February 27) that the European Investment Bank (EIB) provided a loan to Ford’s operation in Turkey, it’s important to remember that since 2005 Ford UK has received over £1bn in loans from the same European source.

This includes a £450m loan in 2010 – more than five times the amount Ford’s Turkey operation received – which is supporting research and development and the upgrading of manufacturing operations at Ford’s UK factories including in Dagenham. This European support will help produce a new generation of low-emission engines and more fuel-efficient vehicles, and develop new skills and innovation across the UK.

And it’s not just Ford that is warning against pulling Britain out of Europe. Eight out of 10 British firms have said the UK must stay in the EU. It’s no wonder, since our EU membership gives access not only to the European Single Market, but also to 31 countries around the globe due to market-opening deals negotiated by the EU.

Indeed, drinks company Diageo (whose brands include Johnny Walker, Smirnoff and Guinness) employs 1,000 people in London and has credited EU trade deals for the company’s whisky export success outside as well as inside Europe.

Pulling out of the EU, as UKIP is calling for, would make the UK a much less attractive place for companies to invest, put hundreds of thousands of jobs in London at risk and discourage the creation of further employment in the capital. Liberal Democrats want Britain to remain ‘in Europe, in work’, and will be campaigning hard for the UK to stay in the EU to support local jobs and businesses.

Sarah Ludford, Liberal Democrat MEP for London

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12:00pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Malcolm Shykles says...

"Europe is a declining power" Dr John C. Hulsman, foreign policy expert has stated.

UKIP is unambiguous in its view that we should remain an independent sovereign state in perpetuity and that this is incompatible with continuing membership of what is at present still an international organisation established by treaties between its sovereign members but one clearly bent on turning itself into a pan-European federation by the relentless process of "ever closer union" prescribed by those treaties and at the same time has an economy that is in decline.

Corruption in the EU is so rife as cost as much as its entire budget.

In contrast to the other parties who actively wish our country to be legally subordinated to this pan-European federation, UKIP wishes to return to the full sovereignty of the British Isles which we enjoyed in that far more prosperous time prior to joining this European nightmare
"Europe is a declining power" Dr John C. Hulsman, foreign policy expert has stated. UKIP is unambiguous in its view that we should remain an independent sovereign state in perpetuity and that this is incompatible with continuing membership of what is at present still an international organisation established by treaties between its sovereign members but one clearly bent on turning itself into a pan-European federation by the relentless process of "ever closer union" prescribed by those treaties and at the same time has an economy that is in decline. Corruption in the EU is so rife as cost as much as its entire budget. In contrast to the other parties who actively wish our country to be legally subordinated to this pan-European federation, UKIP wishes to return to the full sovereignty of the British Isles which we enjoyed in that far more prosperous time prior to joining this European nightmare Malcolm Shykles
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4:53pm Tue 11 Mar 14

MICHAEL MCGOUGH says...

BARONESS Ludford is wrong to state that eight out of ten British firms have said the UK must stay in the EU. I assume she refers to polling conducted by the Confederation of British Industry ( CBI ) of some of its members . CBI members tend to be larger corporates who benefit from the EU legislation that stifles competition from smaller companies.. For all their spin the CBI should remember that whether we remain or leave the EU is not their choice , or their members for in a democracy it is us the voters who should decide..
Two million men lost their jobs in the first 20 years of EEC/EU membership and the EU;s regulatory burden discourages employment..
EU membership means that the UK cannot prevent immigration to this country from low-wage Eastern Europe which has depressed wages and displaced British workers..
Do not be fooled by the scare stories of the LibDems and the rest of the 'ruling elites'. The only people to lose their jobs if we leave the EU are those like the Baroness on the EU Gravy Train (choo choo ).I assert that outside the EU our exports would thrive and increase.

Let us not forget the LibDems false promises on tuition fees as voters ensure they lose their seats.
BARONESS Ludford is wrong to state that eight out of ten British firms have said the UK must stay in the EU. I assume she refers to polling conducted by the Confederation of British Industry ( CBI ) of some of its members . CBI members tend to be larger corporates who benefit from the EU legislation that stifles competition from smaller companies.. For all their spin the CBI should remember that whether we remain or leave the EU is not their choice , or their members for in a democracy it is us the voters who should decide.. Two million men lost their jobs in the first 20 years of EEC/EU membership and the EU;s regulatory burden discourages employment.. EU membership means that the UK cannot prevent immigration to this country from low-wage Eastern Europe which has depressed wages and displaced British workers.. Do not be fooled by the scare stories of the LibDems and the rest of the 'ruling elites'. The only people to lose their jobs if we leave the EU are those like the Baroness on the EU Gravy Train (choo choo ).I assert that outside the EU our exports would thrive and increase. Let us not forget the LibDems false promises on tuition fees as voters ensure they lose their seats. MICHAEL MCGOUGH
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6:21pm Tue 11 Mar 14

UKIP-local says...

Outside the EU business would not have to bear the costs of unnecessary, badly worded and damaging regulations. Nor would the health service, doctors surgeries and schools. While no one, so far as I know, wants to abolish all rules and standards, the ones from the EU are not written for Britain but by bureaucrats for a host of dissimilar member states with very different characteristics.

We also know that some regulations are written by those who it will benefit, such as large manufacturing firms, who want to make it more difficult for new competitors.

The idea that we, as taxpayers, in one of the larger contributors to EU funds, have given Ford the hundreds of millions which Baroness Ludford seems so proud of, is an outrage. Why should we provide funds to subsidise Ford. Whether it was to help Ford move their Transit plant from Southampton to Turkey, or to develop a new engine plant here, it is wrong. Let Ford and their customers pay these costs.

There are no arrangements we could not introduce ourselves as a free country so nothing the EU has ever done to us is a benefit. But a lot they have imposed is costly and damages our business as well as our democratic freedoms.

Better Off Out!
Outside the EU business would not have to bear the costs of unnecessary, badly worded and damaging regulations. Nor would the health service, doctors surgeries and schools. While no one, so far as I know, wants to abolish all rules and standards, the ones from the EU are not written for Britain but by bureaucrats for a host of dissimilar member states with very different characteristics. We also know that some regulations are written by those who it will benefit, such as large manufacturing firms, who want to make it more difficult for new competitors. The idea that we, as taxpayers, in one of the larger contributors to EU funds, have given Ford the hundreds of millions which Baroness Ludford seems so proud of, is an outrage. Why should we provide funds to subsidise Ford. Whether it was to help Ford move their Transit plant from Southampton to Turkey, or to develop a new engine plant here, it is wrong. Let Ford and their customers pay these costs. There are no arrangements we could not introduce ourselves as a free country so nothing the EU has ever done to us is a benefit. But a lot they have imposed is costly and damages our business as well as our democratic freedoms. Better Off Out! UKIP-local
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