“It is crucial the UK is fully engaged in the European Union because that is the best thing for growth and British jobs. We already know, given comments which the Deputy Prime Minister and Business Secretary have made, that the Government’s detached position in Europe is detrimental to our interests. Now a significant number of business leaders, including Sir Richard Branson, have highlighted the risks the Government’s detached position poses for British businesses, warning that the Government’s failure to be fully involved in EU decision making could undermine the single market and the three million British jobs that depend on exports to the EU.
“Ministers are out of touch with British businesses because they have severely compromised their ability to fight British business’ corner in Europe. To protect the single market and continue to attract inward investment, it is now crucial the Government repairs the serious damage it has done to our influence in Europe because, as so many business people tell us, if it fails to do so it will damage British business. We need a proper plan for growth and jobs in Europe as well as here in Britain, which the Government has failed to put in place.”
Right lets put this canard to bed once and for all. The idea that 3 million jobs depend upon our membership of the European Union is bunk.
Here is the Fact Check response to it,
Given this dearth of reliable information, we are left to choose between a dated estimate of jobs benefiting from EU-wide trade, but not necessarily dependent upon EU membership, and an EC estimate of jobs created across Europe, when looking at Mr Clegg's claim. Neither supports his assertion that three million jobs "rely directly" on the EU.Quite.
This is hokum dressed up as fiction, and this collection of the great and not so good, know it. They claim that this is based on Government figures. But as has been proven, this is not the case. The claim came from a study conducted by NIESR which while agreeing that 3 million jobs are involved in trade, did have the honesty to point out that “there is no a priori reason to suppose that many of these [jobs], if any, would be lost permanently if Britain were to leave the EU".
These people are so devoid of arguement as to dress up fiction as fact and fear as good sense. It is as if when we leave the EU, suddenly nobody would do any trade with our friends across the Channel. Tell that to the Chinese, the Americans, the Swiss and the Norwegians. Not being members of the EU, none of them ever do any business with the EU do they?
BNE is deliberately and maleavolantly dishonest, and should be revealed as such. I am one of the few people I know who will lose their job when we finally leave, and I will be delighted when that happens.