Staying in the EEA is a big part of the so-called "Norway option" and involves paying into the EU budget and accepting EU regulations but we need to negotiate our own arrangement that suits us, not copy someone else's. Rather than continuing to subsidise the EU through the EEA and blindly accepting EU regulations we would be best served by the approach taken by Switzerland and Liechtenstein who decided to stick with EFTA only and then decide what they want to sign up to over and above what is necessary for their EFTA membership. Liechtenstein has even negotiated a limit on immigration and the Swiss are ending free movement of EU citizens.
Stephen Kinnock MP, the ex-pat son of former Labour leader and now multi-millionaire EU Commissioner Neil Kinnock, defended the idea of overruling voters, saying:
If the British people voted to leave the EU that's one thing. But can we really say that they voted for the devastation and destruction of the entire exporting sector of our economy? I don't think you can necessarily say that there's a democratic mandate for that.Ignoring the fact that leaving the EU won't destroy the economy, when the British people vote to leave the EU on the 23rd they will have done so having been bombarded with alarmist propaganda that Goebbels would have been proud of. So yes, a leave vote will be a democratic mandate to pull out of the EU and the EEA and secure a relationship with the EU that works for us. What MPs won't have a democratic mandate for is to keep us tied into the EU without the power to stop unlimited EU immigration and spending billions of pounds a year to prop up the bankrupt EU member states and single currency.
|Stephen Kinnock with his wife, the former Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, on a rare trip to the UK for the election last year|