Outside the EU we could have less immigration or access to the single market—not bothby Peter Kellner / April 18, 2016 / Leave a comment
I have a question for the advocates of Brexit. Actually, I have had the question for some time, and put it to leading members of the Vote Leave campaign, but not yet received a clear answer. It is this. Which matters more to you: full control of our borders, or full access to the European Union’s single market?
If we vote to leave the EU, it is easy to imagine how we might have one of them. Britain’s Prime Minister, whoever that is at the time, could say to Brussels: we shall decide for ourselves which immigrants shall be allow to settle in the UK; if that means you limit our ability to trade with you in goods, services and finance, that is a price worth paying.
Or we could tell the other 27 member states: unfettered access to the single market is paramount. We accept that this means we shall continue to abide by EU rules, including freedom of movement.
What we can’t do is raise the drawbridge to keep out people, but leave it down for goods, services and the City of London. The notion that the other 27 states will agree to both closed borders and open trade is for the birds. A choice must be made.