Anthony Hilton: A different take on the EU ‘in or out’ dilemma
Saturday 22 February 2014
On Tuesday evening it was my turn to be in the chair, this time at a debate organised by the Wealth Management Association.
It sought to get a different slant on the EU debate by putting together a panel of non-European speakers – Japanese, American and Indian – to get their perspective on what practical difference it would make if Britain left the EU. Of the three the Indian speaker was the least concerned – perhaps because he felt Anglo-Indian trade was already so small that it was unlikely to get any worse. He warned, however, that growing exports to India was difficult because much of the economy was in effect closed to outsiders – if not as official policy, then in practice by the impossibility of dealing with Indian bureaucracy.
The other two both thought an exit from the EU would be disastrous for the UK. They confessed themselves totally bewildered as to why any nation would want to turn its back on the world’s most prosperous market – the 350 million people of the EU – and even more mystified by the assertion that this would increase Britain’s influence in the world. And interestingly no one in the audience – which one would have thought statistically should have had its share of Ukip supporters – stood up to challenge them.
- 1 Planes go hybrid-electric in important step to greener flight
- 3 Antonio Martin shooting: Mayor says there should be 'no comparison' to Ferguson
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever
iJobs Money & Business
Highly Competitive: Selby Jennings: Our client, a leading European Oil trading...
£43500 per annum + pension + holidays: The Jenrick Group: Night Shift Operatio...
£20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £40,000 + Car + Pension: SThree: SThree are a ...
£20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £35K: SThree: We consistently strive to be the...