Newton Dunn: Scare-mongering again


I recently received a copy of a regional newsletter from Lib-Dem MEP Bill Newton Dunn – not something I read regularly, but my office thought I should take a look.

And sure enough he’s recycling the same old myths.  Don’t you dare to vote for UKIP – or even to think about Britain leaving the EU – because businesses will take fright, and withdraw jobs and investment from the UK.  He seems oblivious of the fact the major industries are already withdrawing investment and jobs from the EU as a whole because of the price of energy, driven by Brussels’ obsession with renewables, and reluctance to commit to proven, low-cost energy sources.  I shall be writing about the plight of the aluminium industry in the EU in my December newsletter.

Here (if you can stand it) is the relevant BND quote:  The Lib Dems seem to be the only party whole-heartedly saying that the UK must remain members of the EU to protect jobs in the UK. Businesses strongly support our position. If UKIP were to score a triumph in the European election next May, it would make the work of defending British jobs much more difficult as businesses see the writing on the wall and withdraw investment from the UK.

I’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating: when we leave the EU (and increasingly I believe it’s a “when”, not an “if”), we’ll have a free trade deal with the rump-EU.  Why?  Because we’re their biggest export customer.  Because they have a very strong balance-of-payments surplus with us.  Because they need our business.

And also because the Lisbon Treaty requires the EU to offer favourable trade terms to a member-state which leaves.  And because WTO rules would prevent Brussels from taking punitive trade measures against the UK – even if they wanted to, which they won’t.

So Mr. Carlos Ghosn of Nissan can sleep easy in his bed, knowing that he will continue to export cars to the Continent on favourable terms, just as we shall continue to import BMWs and Audis.

Outside the EU, we will be free of the EU’s vast and onerous burden of excessive regulation, so we’ll have more flexible labour markets, and we’ll have lower operating costs.  As we save our direct EU budget contributions, and wind down the regulatory costs, we’ll have better fiscal figures and will be able to move progressively to a lower tax régime.  And free of Brussels’ climate obsession, we’ll have cheaper energy.

Lower taxes, cheaper energy, less regulation, more flexible labour markets?  Bill doesn’t need to worry about foreign businesses withdrawing their investments.  They’ll be queuing up to come to Britain.  We shall save ourselves by our exertions and save Europe by our example.

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18 Responses to Newton Dunn: Scare-mongering again

  1. neil craig says:

    Strangely enough none of those nominally campaigning for a No vote in the Scottish referendum are saying the rest of the UK would cut off trade with Scotland (a considerably larger part of our gdp). That implies that the EU hate Britain but England does not hate Scotland which seems a strange basis for independence from the latter but not the former.

  2. Brin Jenkins says:

    A heavenly prospect, no silly carbon taxes and credits would galvanise our manufacturing industry, and the VAT stupidity can be re-thought as we would no longer be the major milch cow.

    I see rising employment and all criminals dealt with in a just and swift way without the mis-blessings of the human right brigade. Oh what bliss for the English, perhaps the Welsh, Irish and Scots might like to be involved? We can listen, and negotiate a more reasonable system of Government representation.

  3. DougS says:

    I don’t think that Newton Dunn actually believes what he keeps spouting. I think that he’s just hoping that the compliant media, especially the unspeakable BBC, will keep on regurgitating it and that it will thus push the less-informed towards his side of the debate.

    • I hate to say a word in his favour, but on balance I think he’s sincere, but (in Billy Graham’s rather nice phrase) sincerely wrong. He is still dreaming the dreams of Ted Heath, and can’t seem to see that the world has moved on. When you’ve committed your whole adult life to a particular political philosophy, I guess it’s tough to admit you were wrong. But it may also be brave and sensible.

      • Me_Again says:

        I understand your point. I guess we are not in the business of converting people, that is a rare occurrence. We are more in the business convincing waverers or ‘don’t vote/won’t voters’ to accept a new and different political philosophy which is worth voting for.
        Most people past a certain age who have had a political philosophy for decades would find it easier to convert lead to gold than change the basic tenets of their life.
        Those of us who have come late to any interest in politics don’t have that decades of baggage.

  4. Oh, how I Wish that sanity would return to the UK, we were once a Blessed Nation, until Ted Heath started to Conduct Affairs. You don’t remember him? Well Google him and see what transpires and come to your own conclusions. And, thank goodness we have people like Roger Helmer to speak on our behalf.

    • Me_Again says:

      Oh I remember laughing boy. Actually his impersonators made him memorable rather than his actions. Long before Rory Bremner, the name will drop in when I finished and posted.
      We should dig him up and hang him.
      Actually we were already going down the tubes when laughing boy stepped up. Hindsight is a wondrous thing………..

  5. Me_Again says:

    Well said Roger, did you send the idiot a copy?

  6. Mike Spilligan says:

    I was on the circulation list for Newton-Dunn’s newsletters (I don’t know how or why) and I used to put them on the grandchildren’s bookshelf, next to Hans Anderson and Brothers Grimm..

  7. David says:

    Roger,. your messages are wonderful.

  8. johnd2008 says:

    When we do leave the EU, I think there are plenty of battles still to come. It will not be easy to get the greedy piggies out of the trough!

  9. Chris says:

    Bill Newton Dunn is concerned about his job. As a LibDem he should be.

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