Bill picking – results

The poll is closed and the results are in. By a clear margin (although falling just short of being the preference of 50% of respondants) the winner is #4:

Repeal of the European Communities Bill: Britain joined the European Economic Community in 1973. It has turned out to be an economic and political disaster. This Bill will get us out.

On his blog, Carswell outlines some of the problems the UK would have (assuming the bill was successful)*:

What sort of trade relationship would we then want with Europe and the wider world?

Given that Britain buys far more from the EU than the EU buys from us, we would be in a strong position to ensure open trade agreements. Because only those businesses looking to sell to the Single Market would need to comply with Single Market rules, a great deal of economic and commercial activity that had nothing to do with EU exports could automatically be exempted from accumulated EU red tape.

Even if Parliament and the people voted overwhelmingly to leave the EU, our activist judges – whose role has been aggrandised by the Euro system – would be certain to challenge it. Europhile mandarins in Whitehall would do all they could to thwart any attempt to escape a system they helped bring into being.

We need to think through how best to face down the Europhile Establishment.

Which is all well and good but as I said on Friday I don’t think he has a snowball’s chance in hell of succeeding given the generally pro-EU membership stance of Cameron, Clegg and Milliband.

I’d love to be proved wrong though.

* And I assume that Richard and Helen will eventually comment on the matter and add links to posts where they have been discussed the potential issues down the years.


  1. Demelza says:

    The need for the Common Market pre-dates the GATT Uruguay round, which set up the WTO. As a large state. We could easily manage our trade and other agreements via bilateral arrangements, and we could fund projects in porrer EU nations directly (and then the “funded by” plaque would show a union flag rather than a ring of stars).

    The real need for EU membership (so states don’t go to war with eath other) now applies more to the smaller and newer members, who should remain in the EU.

  2. Some of the problems with withdrawing but maintaining a “free trade” agreement are outlined in this article by the TPRC (a think-tank dedicated to examining the practicalities of this thorny issue).


  3. Andrew Duffin says:

    Trade with the “wider world” – and, in fact, with the nations currently constituting the EU – is very largely carried out under various international agreements which are nothing to do with the EU.

    We could do business with all these people the same way we currently do with India, China, the US, and all our other non-EU trade partners.

    It’s simply a non-issue, always thrown up by the EUrophiles to confuse the ignorant.

    See also here: