EU engineered manufacturing closures in the UK, in favour of the EU.
Some tell us that EU grants give us employment. The EU has no money of course, it’s just a layer of bureaucracy that churns our own money around, and gives us back less than we gave it. This though, is a list of job and capacity loss that the UK has experienced as a direct result of EU financial incentives to other countries – incentives that we have contributed to.
These are proper jobs, engineering jobs.. jobs that generate wealth, improve our trading ledger and our balance of payments.
In other words, we pay the EU to lose us proper jobs. If something similar happened to the charity sector or to white collar jobs in the city, I have little doubt that a huge song and dance would prevail about ‘job losses’. But because these were blue collar manufacturing jobs, far from London and consequently, off the radar of the scrutineering Twitter, their passing will have gone unlamented.
This referendum vote, I suspect, won’t be about the amusing and insane saving claims wrapped along the side of campaign buses. Nor is it (as much) about immigration as the Remain camp would have us believe. After all, if we had jobs to go around, if we had suitable funding for schools, houses and the NHS, we wouldn’t all mind half as much.
No, it’s primarily about sovereignty and jobs. Something, the more gentile and rarified liberals won’t understand.
Anyway, those jobs already lost directly because of the EU..
- Cadbury moved factory to Poland 2011 with EU grant.
- Ford Transit moved to Turkey 2013 with EU grant.
- Jaguar Land Rover has recently agreed to build a new plant in Slovakia with an EU grant, owned by Tata, the same company who decided to close our steel industry (and emptied the workers pension funds).
- Peugeot closed its Ryton (was Rootes Group) plant and moved production to Slovakia with EU grant.
- British Army’s new Ajax fighting vehicles to be built in SPAIN using SWEDISH steel at the request of the EU to support jobs in Spain with EU grant, rather than Wales.
- Dyson gone to Malaysia, with an EU loan. Yes, we now know James Dyson wants Brexit.
- Crown Closures, Bournemouth (Was METAL BOX), gone to Poland with EU grant, once employed 1,200.
- M&S manufacturing gone to far east with EU loan.
- Hornby models gone. In fact all toys and models now gone from UK along with the patents all with with EU grants.
- Gillette gone to eastern Europe with EU grant.
- Texas Instruments Greenock gone to Germany with EU grant.
- Indesit at Bodelwyddan Wales gone with EU grant.
- Sekisui Alveo said production at its Merthyr Tydfil Industrial Park foam plant will relocate production to Roermond in the Netherlands, with EU funding.
- Hoover Merthyr factory moved out of UK to Czech Republic and the Far East by Italian company Candy with EU backing.
- ICI integration into Holland’s AkzoNobel with EU bank loan and within days of the merger, several factories in the UK, were closed, eliminating 3,500 jobs.
- Boots sold to Italians Stefano Pessina who have based their HQ in Switzerland to avoid tax to the tune of £80 million a year, using an EU loan for the purchase.
- JDS Uniphase run by two Dutch men, bought up companies in the UK with £20 million in EU ‘regeneration’ grants, created a pollution nightmare and just closed it all down leaving 1,200 out of work and an environmental clean-up paid for by the UK tax-payer. They also raided the pension fund and drained it dry.
- The Hinkley Point C nuclear power station to be built by French company EDF, part owned by the French government, using cheap Chinese steel that has catastrophically failed in other nuclear installations. Now EDF say the costs will be double or more and it will be very late even if it does come online.
- Swindon was once our producer of rail locomotives and rolling stock. Not any more, it’s Bombardier in Derby and due to their losses in the aviation market, that could see the end of the British railways manufacturing altogether (even though Bombardier had EU grants to keep Derby going which they diverted to their loss-making aviation side in Canada).
- 39% of British invention patents have been passed to foreign companies, many of them in the EU.
- The MINI cars that Cameron stood in front of as an example of British engineering, are built by BMW mostly in Holland and Austria.
Like I said, most of the above won’t be on the radar of those who would have us remain in the EU – the haemorrhaging will either continue or we can stop it.