Debunking UKIP EU claims

An election UKIP News tries to expose the top 10 myths about the EU. They have got it mightily wrong.
Let me say at the outset that I do not like the interference in the British way of life that other European Countries seek to change by diktat.
Myth 1. UKIP are wrong. Britain will lose jobs. Using two industries as examples, the motor industry and the aero industry. Both of these are dominated by large corporations with vast sums of capital to invest or by State supported schemes. I cannot see how companies like Ford or Peugeot would continue to invest in Britain when the bulk of their manufacture and assembly is done in other European Countries. The UK market is no longer big enough to sustain a purely British motor industry. Building aircraft is equally problematic. If we lost either of these industries then the loss of small and medium sized companies in the supply chain in the UK would be devastating.
Myth 2. This is not unlinked to my comments to the first myth. If tariffs were re-imposed then companies such as Ford would have to pay a tariff on all goods imported from the UK and we would be required to raise tariffs on imported finished goods which would increase the costs of the product to the end user without any gain. Companies like Ford would reduce their manufacturing in the UK and move it to some other Country in the EU and there are plenty of Countries to choose from and many of them would be grateful of the inward investment.
Myth 3. Britain can exist outside the EU whilst the Pound is a reserve currency. If adverse impact from loss of industry were two occur because of a change of attitude from our European trading partners then the Pound could lose it’s status and we would suffer.
Myth 4 and 5. There is no doubt the EU is over regulated and if we were outside the EU we may have greater difficulty selling our products if they to not meet the exacting standards of the EU. This could lose us business and there might be a need to implement certain regulation to continue to trade with Europe. The best way to tackle over regulation is to change it. The UK cannot do that if we are not members of the EU.
Myth 6. This is the most mischievous comment of the lot. The EU has brought peace to Europe. It has nothing to do with NATO. Two World Wars in the 20th Century were the result of tension and conflict in Europe, largely because of antagonism between France and Germany during the late 19th and early 20th Century. From 1959 and during the 60s France withdrew from NATO but it continued to work with Germany via the European Coal and Steel Community and later the EU. The EU not NATO had the greater influence.
Myth 7. To suggest that farming has suffered as a result of the EU is to misunderstand the nature of farming. The problem is not the EU, it is the continuing system of subsidy and support for farming and EVERY European country has some system in place over the years, in fact over centuries. To cite only 2 or 3 industries as examples of bad practice does not address how the economy of the UK had benefitted. There is no doubt that some Japanese car makers, looking to invest in Europe, chose the UK as their destination. That would not have happened if we were not Members of the EU.
Myth 8. I think I have answered that in some of the points above. We do see foreign investment because we are members of the EU.
Myth 9. Can we say with any certainty what our international influence would be outside the EU. If the sort of losses in industry that have been discussed above were to take place would be be able to maintain our position in the G8 or G20 Nations, or with the IMF and WTO? If we lost our position on those bodies we would lose influence in the greater World Affairs? There is no doubt that withdrawal from the EU would cause all other nations to reassess how they viewed the UK.
Myth 10. Of course we could repeal the European Communites Act and all other attendant legislation. UKIP then suggest we could replace this by merely replicating the existing EU trade agreements. What nonsense is this? Tear up the trade agreements and then replicate them, not once but individually with each Member State. That sound like ‘Jobs for the Boys’ to me.
There is no doubt the EU needs change. Change only comes when one member State or another say ‘NO!’. More often or not this has been the UK. I may wish that we had never started this journey in 1972 but can we really overturn more than 40 years of change and development simply by saying ‘Let’s walk away’.
It is not as simple as that. It never was and it never will be. So before you offer support to UKIP take time to consider all the impact this might result in. It will not be easy.