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EURef Roundup: Airbus, Insurers, Stanley Johnson, Service sector back IN, lazy Corbyn attacked, ex- Health Secs speak up

April 7, 2016 10:14 AM
By Antony Hook in Liberal Democrat Voice

European flagsAirbus, which employs 15,000 people and the UK and supports another 100,000 UK jobs through its supply chain is backing Remain, reports the Guardian. The same article reports a survey that found 70% insurance professionals believe that leaving the EU would harm their industry.

Stanley Johnson (father of Boris) says that staying in important for the environment. He was supported by former Tory Cabinet Minister John Gummer who said:

The people who believe in Brexit do not accept a world in which you no longer have the sort of national power that we had in 1945 or 1900. You now operate within groupings. And if you are a powerful member of the most powerful grouping, you can get a great deal done.

The government will publish more detailed information on the number of national insurance numbers being used to pay tax or claim benefits by citizens of other EU states, reports the BBC.

A group of 5 of Britain's top leaders in the services sector (such as law, accountancy, telecomms, public relations, and architecture) have written an article for the Telegraph supporting Remain. They write:

Britain sold £226 billion worth of services abroad last year. Our biggest export market by far was the European Union. Forty-four per cent of our goods and services go to the EU, compared with 5 per cent to India and China combined, though that figure is growing.

The nature of the restrictions can take many forms, ranging from excessive licensing requirements to the refusal to recognise UK professional qualifications. Sometimes rules force companies to set up local subsidiaries run by the host country's citizens, or they limit who can own a company. The EU has removed thousands of such restrictions, to the benefit of the UK economy.

Take financial services. Thanks to the EU, a firm that is allowed to do business in the UK can do so in every single EU state without having to seek additional permission. If we left the EU, there is a clear risk that many of the barriers would be re-erected. Those who want to leave the EU often point to Canada and Switzerland as countries outside that have struck trade deals with the EU.

But even the most ambitious of these deals fall way short of the level of EU market access the UK gets for its services firms."

A new phone poll for OBR has Remain 7 points ahead but only 1 point when certainty to vote is taken into account, reports the Mail. Remain has to make sure it motivates people to turn out to vote.

Corbyn is being attacked within Labour for his lack of effort towards the referendum campaign. The latest development is that he will attend Glastonbury, which starts on referendum day reports the Telegraph.

City Law Firms, such as Pinsent Mason, are gearing up to make a fortune advising clients on new complexities if we Leave.

Four former Health Secretaries have said that claims Briexit would help the NHS are a "dangerous lie."

* Antony Hook was #2 on the South East European list in 2014, is the English Party's representative on the Federal Executive and produces this sites EU Referendum Roundup.