I am surprised and disappointed to be advised by a member of the public that you are still writing letters citing “3,500,000 jobs dependent on exports to the EU” as a benefit of EU membership. No one has made any case that the jobs or the exports would suffer as a result of our leaving the EU. As I am sure you know, if we were to leave the EU we should still be, pro tem, members of the EEA, and therefore we should still have the advantages of free trade with the EU-26 (such as those advantages are).
In fact leaving the EU would be hugely advantageous to jobs and economic recovery. Some credible estimates of regulatory costs within the EU’s Single Market range as high as 10% of GDP — actually greater than the value of our exports to the EU-26. No estimate of the “benefits” of trade in the Single Market approach this figure. The net benefits on leaving would be massive.
I appreciate your difficulty in writing a credible letter justifying our continued membership of this failing and crisis-stricken bloc — I certainly could not write a credible letter to that effect. I am particularly concerned that David Cameron, while describing himself improbably as a eurosceptic, still keeps insisting that Britain must remain within this dysfunctional club, but like yourself, he fails to offer any credible reason for this position.
Surely it really is time for a proper debate on our status within the EU?
ROGER HELMER MEP