Weaving a tangled web

Time marches on towards the EU referendum decision day and the public are still confused by the contradictory statements on the issue.

Friday, 3rd June 2016, 9:05 am
Updated Friday, 3rd June 2016, 10:08 am

In particular, the finger of suspicion points at Boris Johnson, who is using the occasion to further his political ambitions.

His rigmarole reminds me of an old proverb: “Oh what a tangled web we weave when we practice to deceive”.

Boris changes his mind frequently and for that reason shouldn’t be taken seriously.

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He once said: “I’m probably the only politician I know willing to stand up and say that he is pro-immigration.”

Needless to say, Mr Johnson is now playing a different tune.

Boris is keen to lead the UK out of the European Union. He has failed, however, to give a clear vision of the “promised land”. He has rambled on about a Canada style free-trade deal, the UK being like Switzerland. His latest is “access” to the EU market without having to let EU citizens come to the UK.

In truth no one can give a definite answer, it’s like one big leap in the dark. The rich can take the gamble, can ordinary working people afford to?

If we take Norway as an example, the promised land will still be dominated by the EU. The Norwegians have never been members but 80% of their exports go to the EU.

For that privilege Norway must abide to all EU laws and regulations. They have to pay £650million a year into the EU and are not involved in final decisions. A total 27,000 EU workers entered Norway last year, increasing a population of five million and 215,000 entered the UK swelling our 64million. Both nations discovered North Sea Oil in the 1970s. The UK Government sold out to the privateers, Norway remained nationalised.

The result? Last year the UK received £2.1billion from gas/oil while Norway grabbed an enormous £27billion. A spokesman for the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise said: “We are not successful because we are outside the EU, we are successful because we have a lot of oil.”

W Quinn