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    We’re the 5th largest economy despite the EU, not because of it. Are people aware of just how insular, protectionist and inwardly-focused the EU and its bolt-on customs union actually is? Do people understand that the EU’s share of global trade has almost halved since 1980, a decline that the IMF and OECD project will continue and accelerate?!

    The share of UK exports going to the EU fell to 37.8% in December 2015. That’s the first time it has been below 40% since we joined. It reflects the fact that we’re already refocusing exports away from the stagnating EU towards high-growth markets.

    Chile has free trade deals in place with counter parties whose combined GDP is $58.3 trillion, compared to just $6.7 trillion for the EU. It’s a similar story with South Korea: $40.8 trillion, Switzerland: $39.8 trillion, and Singapore: $38.7 trillion.

    And people think the UK, a trade-dependent island nation, benefits by being in this terminally-declining basket case with its paltry free trade agreements. You must be joking.

    The UK is bigger than those 4 countries added together. It is the world’s 5th largest economy and is projected to overtake Germany to become the biggest in Europe by the middle to late 2020s. We can leave the EU with a free trade agreement in place and negotiate our own free trade deals with the world’s high-growth economies. It’s called a win/win situation.
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    (Original post by Noodle0)
    We’re the 5th largest economy despite the EU, not because of it. Are people aware of just how insular, protectionist and inwardly-focused the EU and its bolt-on customs union actually is? Do people understand that the EU’s share of global trade has almost halved since 1980, a decline that the IMF and OECD project will continue and accelerate?!

    The share of UK exports going to the EU fell to 37.8% in December 2015. That’s the first time it has been below 40% since we joined. It reflects the fact that we’re already refocusing exports away from the stagnating EU towards high-growth markets.

    Chile has free trade deals in place with counter parties whose combined GDP is $58.3 trillion, compared to just $6.7 trillion for the EU. It’s a similar story with South Korea: $40.8 trillion, Switzerland: $39.8 trillion, and Singapore: $38.7 trillion.

    And people think the UK, a trade-dependent island nation, benefits by being in this terminally-declining basket case with its paltry free trade agreements. You must be joking.

    The UK is bigger than those 4 countries added together. It is the world’s 5th largest economy and is projected to overtake Germany to become the biggest in Europe by the middle to late 2020s. We can leave the EU with a free trade agreement in place and negotiate our own free trade deals with the world’s high-growth economies. It’s called a win/win situation.
    Absolutely agree with everything you said mate.
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    Its not about us, we will survive fine outside of the EU - but the whole of the EU will collapse, other countries will have their own referendums, and we will effectively be less capable of dealing with the world's problems. Extreme right wing parties will thrive, anti-immigrant sentiment will rise, and the world will be a worse place.
 
 
 
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