I posted on Facebook this week regarding the threats from the French Leadership saying they would ensure the UK would suffer the consequences of EU exit by opening up the borders in Calais thus flooding our country with migrants. They, (and David Cameron) seem to have overlooked the contents of the 1991 Canterbury Treaty, this 24 page document was brought to my attention by my lovely niece Rebecca Goodson, who having studied politics and obviously concentrated on her subject, remembered the contents of the said treaty. It’s far too long to post on this Blog but here’s the link:-
It’s worth a read because as Rebecca points out, The 1991 Canterbury Treaty is legally binding, thanks Becca 🙂
The French also threatened to entice banks and business to their already over taxed country, as a businessman, I can’t envisage any company wishing to pay 60% corporation tax when the rate in the UK is 20% less, can you?
German motor manufacturer BMW have also been in the news this week, writing to their UK employees. It starts:
“The decision on whether to stay in the EU or not is for British voters to decide on in June. The BMW Group and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars believe that the UK is better as a member of the EU than it would be outside it.” It continues:
“Finally, we get a significant benefit from the easy movement of our people between the UK and Europe. This allows the rapid transfer of expert knowledge throughout Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and BMW Group networks, building the skill level of our UK workforce. Our employment base could also be affected, with skilled men and women from most EU countries included in the 30 nationalities currently represented at the Home of Rolls-Royce here at Goodwood”
The whole of the letter can be read online but I draw this conclusion, BMW are making veiled threats to their employees, a typical action from the other half of a bullying duo made up of Germany and France! An alliance only interested in ensuring the longevity of their own countries. Sound familiar? Shades of the past?
I apologise to any of my German, French and Spanish friends, as I don’t place you in the same bucket as the above minority of your countrymen.
I ask our government, politicians, indeed all parties, to lay out honestly the pros and the cons of leaving the EU. Not to further their own careers, nor to court popularity but for once be totally transparent because this is not about you alone but the future of your children as well as ours!
Finally on this subject, there has been an awful lot of talk about the threat to national security. Don’t forget we are still members of NATO, as are France and Germany and by association, most of Europe. So what changes? Not much.
Thanks for reading. 🙂