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Membership of the EU: There are alternatives

The European Union has become a strait-jacket for the UK. It now makes approximately 70 per cent of UK law and is costing every household £5,000 every year. No longer can it be said that the relationship benefits the United Kingdom.

In 2012, the UK entered into a double-dip recession with crippling levels of debt and unemployment. In these circumstances it may be hard to see any alternatives, however, whether it is in the East, West or on the UK’s doorstep in Europe, there are examples of
countries that are thriving. They have one thing in common: they are all not members of the EU.

In this book, Rory Broomfield looks at what the UK can learn from four countries – Australia, Canada, Norway and Switzerland – that have enjoyed economic growth and social development without the need to join the European Union.

Despite not being members of the EU, these countries still have access to the EU market through bilateral arrangements and are free to form relationships with others without the say of 26 other nations. This has helped them to grow with lower unemployment – especially youth unemployment – than the UK while demonstrating that, whether a state is geographically within Europe or not, it can still thrive economic and socially without being a member.

In contrast, the UK pays nearly £11 billion to the EU in direct costs, only exports 10 per cent of its GDP to the EU and has the dubious pleasure of having to comply with the vast majority of legislation coming out of Brussels. It has meant that these four
nations, that span the globe, are able to continue to grow and prosper while, in the words of Daniel Hannan MEP, the UK remains chained to a corpse.

This booklet highlights some of the alternatives the UK can look at. In doing so it turns arguments into ideas that focus on economic and social freedom. It illustrates some of the benefits others are enjoying from being outside the EU and asks, maybe rhetorically, wouldn’t we be Better Off Out?

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