Brown's job loss claim "nonsense"
Claims by Gordon Brown that Britain needs to be part of the EU or 3.5 million people risk losing their jobs were dismissed today as "mind bogglingly dumb."
UKIP MEP and economist Godfrey Bloom said the claim was so daft he didn't know where to begin pointing out its nonsense."I will give Gordon Brown £1000 if he could point to any private sector job which would be lost as a consequence of Britain leaving political union with Brussels and joining EFTA" he said.
"Such a statement as his is on par with someone addressing the NASA conference and claiming that the moon was made of green cheese.
"Apart from the fact that we have a trade deficit with the EU, does he really think that companies such as Mercedes would stop trading with Britain if we governed ourselves?
"We have a trade surplus with America and yet we aren't in political union, and I'm sure I've seen people driving Japanese cars and yet we don't let them make our laws for us.
"Mr Brown really needs to go back to his book on 'economics for dummies' because the man does not have a clue."
"Given that the Commission have estimated that the cost of EU regulation on business is £405 billion* a year, I would say that businesses would weather the storm better without that millstone around their neck."
* Gunter Verheugen, Vice President of the Commission estimated that EU regulation cost businesses €600 billion, or £405 billion a year in an interview with the FT.
You might disagree with him, but you cannot claim that his straight-talking is not a breath of fresh air...