Green Arrow, this is the gist of a conversation I had with a long-time friend who I had not seen for about 14 years.
He leans neither left nor right as regards in his politics. He is an unassuming self-made man with assets of comfortably over one million Pounds. His wife is non-political and I felt he really enjoyed talking politics.
He was well aware of my politics of which I am very proud, why? Because I know I am right.
We discussed the EU. I asked him to write the gist of the discussion we had discussed earlier in hard copy and I would post it on my favourite Nationalist site.
I had to agree with him, all I could say was ‘’you are correct, I cannot argue with you but whose bloody fault is this”. I AM LOOKING FOR COMMENTS which I will post to him.
Albion's friends concerns reference the UK withdrawing from the EU.
My concerns are as follows: I think it is reasonable to say that the majority of the UK’s Major Industrial Base is now foreign owned and I think we can safely assume that most of them are here because we are within the EU trading block, therefore avoiding any trading tariffs, protectionism etc. If we pull out of the EU my fear would be that the Foreign Companies that are here for the above reasons, could start to relocate there activities to other countries within the EU, as and when it became viable for them to do so.
Plus I cannot see many foreign companies continuing to expand here or build more new factories, if we were not within the EU. French Companies in particular currently own quite a few of our utilities. Again I fear we would be rather at their mercy should we pull out, (I am sure they would love to exploit us) as Jan mentioned we could get these utilities back by Nationalising them, but this would probably create bad feeling and they may retaliate either by imposing trade restrictions on us, or by some other way. Assuming of course we have something left to trade with.
Part of the benefits of being a member of the EU, or any club, is that should any member get into trouble the others will do their best to help out. Whereas Germany, France, Italy and possibly some others countries that have very good industrial bases of their own, could go it alone if they chose to do so.
If there was a major collapse in the world economy and all countries and blocks were forced to look after their own interest first. I am not convinced that we would survive on our own outside the EU.
I think it is inevitable that in such a severe recession foreign companies would close their factories here in the UK first, rather than closing them in their own countries or in the EU.
What about our financial sector that we rely on so heavily; would we have more to lose outside of the EU? We have already lost many of our well-known Insurance companies to the French, an area where we used to, globally, be second to none. No doubt France and Germany would inevitably try to attract more financial services away from the UK.
Finally I guess the EU will not be pleased if we were to pull out and I wonder how they might treat us if we do. Is there a risk we would become increasingly isolated.
Your views regarding the above concerns and assurances that they should not happen, would be much appreciated People say we could rekindle our old trading partners. They are not being realistic in my view, as those commonwealth countries have now forged new mutually beneficial trading agreements with other countries, often much closer to home such as Australia and Japan. Plus we no longer produce a lot of these products in our own right, not to mention the added carbon footprint problem of transporting the goods half way around the world.
Footnote by The Green Arrow.
I would much appreciate it, if you could provide answers to the questions above in the comments section so that Albion and his friend may read them.