Britain and Europe

I am a signatory of this cross party letter published in the Guardian on Monday 30 January.

"In a time of austerity and economic contraction trade is the best way to stimulate the economy and create jobs. Britain is part of the biggest trading block in the world and of a single market of 500 million customers. Our membership of the EU gives us privileged access to that market, makes our economy more attractive to foreign direct investment and strengthens our and the EU's hand in negotiating international trade agreements.
Britain must use its membership to work with our EU partners to strengthen and deepen the single market, expand it in areas like services, energy and on-line trading and promote investment on research, innovation and new technologies. The wellbeing of our economy is linked both to the wellbeing of the Eurozone and the single market as a whole.
We call on the government to remain involved in efforts to reform the Eurozone and lead initiatives to expand the single market and make Britain and the EU more competitive in a globalised world."

Charles Kennedy MP (President of the European Movement), Lord Inglewood, Lord Brittan, Lord Kinnock, Lord Liddle, Lord Ashdown, Baroness Williams, Lord Dykes, Baroness Quin, Lord Berkeley, Sir Menzies Campbell MP, Denis MacShane MP, Sheila Gilmore MP, Jonathan Evans MP, Robert Buckland MP, Neil Carmichael MP, Mike Gapes MP, Duncan Hames MP, Martin Horwood MP, Ben Bradshaw MP

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