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The Eurosceptic's Handbook Paperback – 25 May 2016
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The share of our exports going to EEC/EU members has fallen from 63.9 per cent in 1973, the year of entry, to 61.9 per cent in 2012. Our exports to 25 non-member countries have grown faster than those to the 11 other founding members of the single market, so clearly our exporters are not to blame.
Exporters from non-member countries who do not help to make the rules of the Single Market and pay nothing for access to it have been its main beneficiaries as measured by the growth of their goods exports. Their exports of goods to the Single Market have grown faster than ours or those of other members. Non-members’ exports of services to the EU have grown just as fast as those of members.
Luxembourg, the EU member country with the highest GDP per head, received the highest share of EU funds. The EU has not taken from its richer members to give to the poorer, but taken from the richer to give to the richest.
From 1993 to 2011, the 12 EU countries have had far higher unemployment rates than 10 independent countries - Australia, Canada, Iceland, Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Switzerland and the USA - which are, in terms of their labour market and productivity, most like the EU12. In 18 of these 21 years, EU unemployment has been more than double that of the three non-EU European countries Switzerland, Norway and Iceland and in the other three years, 2004, 2005 and 2006, it has been only a little less than double. So high unemployment is an EU characteristic, not a European one.
The unelected Commission makes the rules of the EU Single Market and of every other EU body. It also spoke for us in trade negotiations like TTIP and TiSA. But the Commission does not represent us, because every Commissioner has to act in the interests of the EU, not of the countries from which they come. So we have no say in making the EU’s rules or in trade negotiations.
Turning to EU migration, until 2003 net migration from the EU averaged only 10,000 a year. In 2004 the EU added eight East European countries and immigration from the EU grew quickly. Two million have arrived since 2004, 1.1 million of whom came from the East European countries. Another 250,000 arrived from Romania and Bulgaria. More than 70,000 then arrived in 2014, when those two nations were granted full access to our labour market. In the year ending June 2015 net immigration from the EU reached a new record of 180,000.