Perhaps unsurprisingly, South West MEP Sir Graham Watson is IN on Europe. With the nonsense and rubbish masquerading as debate that will inevitably begin again, maybe its best for politicians to remind us of where they stand on Europe. But let’s brace ourselves for the mis-information (code for ignorance and downright lies) that gets thrown around.
Apparently Nick Clegg has launched the Why I Am IN campaign, which hardly rolls off the tongue. Maybe Why I’m IN would have been better. We’re expecting the Why I Oughta! campaign any day now.
According to the press release, our very own South West England and Gibraltar Liberal Democrat MEP Sir Graham Watson said: “Every single one of the 3 million people up and down the country whose jobs depend on Britain’s membership of the EU should stand up and say why they want ‘IN’.”
“Does your company sells its goods or services in Europe? If yes, then you are one of the 3 million. Do you work for Airbus in Bristol, a cheese maker in Dorset, a Cornish pasty factory, a yacht builder in Plymouth, an engineering firm in Cheltenham, the Honda plant in Swindon, or the Augusta Westland factory in Yeovil? If so, you are one of the 3 million.”
“I am IN for the pay cheques in my constituents’ pockets thanks to our membership of the world’s biggest single market. I am IN to help the victims of crime who have seen justice thanks to the European Arrest Warrant. I am IN because I want to fight the threat of climate change, and know that the only way to do this is by working together across the continent and taking the lead in global talks.
“As Nick Clegg said, Liberal Democrats are the Party of IN. But I am IN not just because I am a Liberal Democrat. Nor just because I am a Member of the European Parliament. I am IN because I am proud to be both British and European, proud of 70 years of unbroken peace in Europe and our record of harmony with our neighbours – and I want to see a stronger and safer United Kingdom.”
Are you IN or OUT?