Britain's buisness leaders hold the key to a 'In or Out' referendum
Right now should be the time when those who have spent the last few years campaigning against the European Union were enjoying the bittersweet smell of political and economicl vindication. Instead, the past few weeks have been the worst for mainstream Eurosceptics in years.
Report by Ian Bell
Flush with the success of having finally been proved right over the euro, they have allowed themselves to rest on their laurels. The inability to launch a proper campaign, and to organise and galvanise the silent majority has allowed the pro-EU forces to launch a successful rearguard action.
This absence of a concerted, respectable Eurosceptic business voice will allow the Con/LibDem coalition to announce in Amsterdam this Friday a watered-down, underwhelming set of principles, which will satisfy nobody. Nick Clegg is even arguing that merely discussing a referendum will chill the economy, and that 3m jobs are at risk - the exact same lies we heard when the UK was deciding whether to keep Sterling.
There are more sceptical business people than there have ever been, including very senior captains of industry as well as tens of thousands of smaller business folk desperate for change.
The true scale of scepticism in the business community is apparent but the momentum that had been building behind Eurosceptic arguments since the eurozone crisis has, as yet, not been organised.
The BNP believe that it is vital that a proper decently resourced Eurosceptic campaign be launched at the earliest opportunity, and one important component of such a campaign will have to be a business wing, aimed at neutralising the loud, Eurocentric minority.
The voice of sensible businesses is just one of the many that will need to be marshalled in the looming European battle. But it will be vitally important: even though there is now a deep distrust of business and finance as a result of the euro-crisis, the public needs to understand that most firms in the UK actually want less, not more, EU bureaucracy.
We must not waste and squander this historic opportunity to identify a new vision for Britain, as a Singapore or Hong Kong of Europe, trading with the continent but not governed by it. We can not only survive but thrive outside of the EU.
A new campaign will have to commission cost-benefit analyses of EU membership and expose the links between those who backed the euro – membership of which would have destroyed the UK, forced an IMF bailout and turned us into another Ireland, albeit of unmanageable proportions – and those who now reject change to our EU membership.
This campaign will require focus groups and multimedia advertising.
It is true Eurocentric sentiment remains more prevalent (though by no means the only view anymore) among financiers than in most other quarters. Remember, though, that it was the global investment banks who were the ones telling us we would be toast if we didn't join the Euro and that City workers would have to learn German and move to Frankfurt. Many of these firms – especially European ones – would have to be bailed out if the Eurozone crisis were to worsen again, or have already had to take taxpayer cash. Their jobs and tax payments (when they make them) are good for the UK; but their political advice entirely lacks credibility.
Their embrace of rootless transnational corporatism is a danger. The truth is that they are great at selling their products but don't care what is best for jobs and prosperity over the long-run in our country.
The new campaign needs to expose the flaw in the worldview of many big firms, especially those that spend too much time in Davos or employ too many lobbyists in Brussels or Washington. It is those who remain unthinkingly in love with the EU's ridiculous regulations that are destroying jobs in Britain, not those who want to set the UK free.
The real truth being we need less EU, not more, and a plan of action to get us there. As Eurocentrics destroy UK jobs, how can any sane minded person believe Europe to be the future anymore?