'COSTS FAMILIES £428 A YEAR
EVERY family could save £428 a year if Britain negotiated a Swiss-style
arms-length relationship with the EU, a study claims
Researchers who analysed the cost and benefits of EU
membership -which successive governments have refused to do - say up to £10.8
billion a year could be clawed back.
They say a
relationship like that of Switzerland - which retains free trade access to EU
markets and co-operates voluntarily in other areas such as the environment-would
also let Britain regain control of key policy areas.
There could even be further savings from escaping the costs of
EU regulation and increased access to non-EU markets.
Economist Ruth Lea, who carried out research for the taxpayers
Alliance, said the desperate state of the public finances has made a rethink of
Britain's contributions to the EU more urgent than ever.
She added: 'British taxpayers [ more specifically
English taxpayers] pour huge amounts of money into the EU 's coffers and really
don't get a very good deal in return'.
the UK's EU budget rebate, negotiated by Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s, mean
our contributions are set to rise dramatically.
The Taxpayers' Alliance plans a major campaign to highlight
Daily Mail ,Saturday, November 14,2009
Switzerland and the European
Union: A model for Britain, by Glen Ruffle
If Britain votes No associate membership will be offered
of Free Market and not Political says Giscard d’Estaing and others.