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CBI unwittingly exposes inconvenient truth
Date 09/07/2013 23:16  Author webmaster  Hits 2272  Language Global
Background briefing on CBI pamphlet "Doing things by halves?... lessons from Switzerland and Norway"

It is not only Norway and Switzerland that cannot "set the agenda and influence EU legislation". The CBI's emphasis on "influence" in its pamphlet unwittingly exposes the inconvenient truth about the UK and the European Union, writes UKIP National Spokesman on Trade, William Dartmouth MEP.

The CBI states (Press Release July 5th) that it is "...calling for the debate on Europe to focus on credible options for the UK's future relationship with the EU, warning that half-way house models such as Norway and Switzerland are not the answer...."

The CBI in its lengthy pamphlet [PDF]- which bears the hall marks of an institution seeking to arrive at a predetermined conclusion - makes much of Norway and Switzerland lacking any "influence" on the EU.


Were Switzerland and Norway members of the EU, Switzerland would have 10 votes out of 352 and Norway would have 7 votes out of 352 in the Council of Ministers. (The weighting of votes in the Council of Ministers is based primarily on population.)

It is noteworthy that the UK has only 29 votes (of 352) on the Council of Ministers.

The compelling point is that it is not only Norway and Switzerland that cannot (to quote the CBI) "set the agenda and influence EU legislation". It is also the UK.

The CBI's emphasis on "influence" in its pamphlet unwittingly exposes the inconvenient truth about the UK and the European Union. 
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