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Old 9th Dec 2016, 17:43
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Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: West Wiltshire, UK
Age: 67
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Originally Posted by Pace View Post

If we trade with the EU we have to do that to their standards and regulations
My concern is not so much the actual trade figures but the hidden benefits
We are basically a service industry country with roughly 80 % of our trade in services
Because of our currency and stability while having unfettered access to the 27 EU countries we became a magnet for investment both in the financial world trading twice the total EU trade in the euro as well as Major companies around the world using the UK as their base for that unfettered access
So it's not just the impact of direct sales to and from the EU but the fact we had become certainly the financial capital of the EU but also the investment and hub centre of the EU

Your lack of concern is far far too simplistic and doesn't look at the true picture on why we need that access and the huge unseen losses we stand to loose
As already mentioned, you're mistaken about the extent and nature of the trade agreements that exist within the "free market".

As mentioned before, I've sat at meetings making EU regulation, and it's primarily driven by the desire to reduce cost for EU manufacturers, not get the best for consumers, or even assist service providers.
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