Friday, 26 October 2012

Less than 3% of MPs attend first reading of Carswell's EU bill

Douglas Carswell's private members' bill to repeal the European Communities Act and hence end our membership of the EU (or perhaps not, it's debatable) had its first reading today.

In his speech, Carswell sets out the facts pretty clearly pointing out that the EU economy is contracting, that we are doing less and less trade with the EU compared to the rest of the world, that the EU continues to damage our economy and that the cost of being in the single market is (according to the EU's own figures) around 5 times the economic benefit of being in it.  But how many MPs were there to hear the argument for leaving and the evidence that supports it?  At most, about 15.  Out of 650.