Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Misguided Views on EU; Your Shout

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Misguided Views on EU; Your Shout

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A PIPER is, as usual, quick off the mark to give us all a lecture on the European Union.

The last time in your paper A Piper bandied about unsubstantiated figures that the UK contribution to the EU is pounds 100bn per year. A fellow reader did some research on this and found a National Audit Office report that in fact said the UK contribution was nowhere near that figure, about pounds 5bn I think. A Piper is now quoting further sums but fails to say UK exports to the EU total pounds 143bn per annum. which is more than the total exports to the rest of the world. UK exports to Germany alone total pounds 28bn a year. Isn''t it about time that UKIP and A Piper accept that if you advocate an open and free market then UK companies will be bought by foreign companies in the same way that foreign companies can be bought by UK firms? Is it not common sense that if you put up barriers then you should not be too upset if others retaliate with tit for tat action. …

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