Where have all the cars gone - 2nd thoughts

March 23, 2013 4:54 PM
By JG Smid, MEP Candidate, Corby
George Smid 2I would like to summarise the discussion to date: It started as a reaction to a claim that if UK leaves EU, 51% of our car production exported to the EU will attract 3% 'potential' tariff. This was deemed to be a 'low propaganda' - the tariff would not happen because of the threat of retaliation.

The following comments then looked at what would happen if UK did leave: Bill said Brussels hopes the UK will remain - with referendum in 2017 to vote on 'closer union'. Chris considered options if the UK leaves, concluding that "Any scenario in which Britain leaving the EU is actually financially beneficial to the UK is fantasy land". Steve reiterated that if "you want to win this debate you will have to think of something better [than threats] with which to persuade the electorate". George and Michael outlined the case for the EU: "we need to be there" otherwise we cannot influence any development and "the EU is to protect our economy … by maintaining high standards". Bill and Ian wrapped out the case for staying in the EU: "US view is that the UK is much better inside the EU than outside." and "We need to vigorously fight our corner, impose our standards on the EU and make a profit out of our EU membership."
This is where the discussion is now: We need to be in the EU but we need to be better at it.

I would suggest we will not concentrate now what would happen if UK left. Let us concentrate on how the Lib Dem can fight for the UK to stay. Concentrate on the Lib Dems developing a powerful message to that effect.

I want to develop an argument WITHOUT THREATS .... and a strong emotional message. Any ideas?