Tory minister Matthew Hancock said the figures were “really extraordinary” while anti-Brussels campaigners seized on them as confirmation that Britain would be better off outside the EU. Conservative MP Douglas Carswell said: “With every set of trade figures, the case for quitting the EU gets stronger. Europe is the only continent that is not growing, so why are we still tied to this stagnating trade bloc?”
“Only outside the EU can we negotiate trade deals to suit our national interest. The longer we stay in the EU, the longer we will be exposed to the eurozone crisis. Businesses are starting to look beyond the EU, it’s high time politicians did too.”
Euro MP William Dartmouth, the UK Independence Party’s trade spokesman, said: “These figures underline the reality. Britain cannot afford to remain shackled to the EU. For prosperity, for jobs and for our future, we must get out.”
The EU has destroyed our fishing industry, flooded our country with immigrants and costs the UK millions a day to be a member. Only French farmers win due to the money they get back from the CAP.