Letter: Toyota warning means Britain must choose to join Europe or join the Third World

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Sir: It comes as no surprise that the federalists have called upon the opinions of the Toyota chairman to support their cause, nor that they ignore the fact that Norway has enjoyed an increase in inward investment since refusing to join the European Union.

However this affair brings in sharper focus the decision the British people now face. Even were it to be true, which it is not, that withdrawal from the European Union would entail financial penalties, are they prepared to see their birthright and freedoms treated as commodities to be sold, and to see the levers of fiscal control pass out of the hands of their elected representatives for ever? Car makers may come and go but our democratic system is worth a million such.


National Membership Secretary

UK Independence Party