Food for Thought.

Cadbury moved their factory to Poland 2011 with EU grant.
Ford Transit production moved to Turkey from Southampton 2013 with EU grant.
Jaguar Land Rover have agreed to build a new plant in Slovakia with EU grant, owned by Tata Motors,partof the same company who have trashed our steel works 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.
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.
UK airports are owned by a Spanish company.
Scottish Power is owned by a Spanish company.
Most London buses are run by Spanish and German companies.
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. His campaign bus was made in Germany even though we have Plaxton, Optare, Bluebird, Dennis etc., in the UK. The bicycle for the Greens was made in the far east, not by Raleigh UK but then they are probably going to move to the Netherlands too as they have said recently.

Anyone who thinks the EU is good for British industry or any other business simply hasn’t paid attention to what has been systematically asset-stripped from the UK. It would be difficult to name one major technology company still running in the UK as they were sold off to companies from France, Germany, Holland, Belgium, etc., and now we don’t even teach electronic technology for technicians any more, due to EU regulations.

I haven’t detailed our non-existent fishing industry the EU paid to destroy, nor the farmers being paid not to produce food they could sell for more than they get paid to do nothing.
No mentions of what it costs us to be asset-stripped like this, nor any mentions about immigration, nor the risks to our security if control of our armed forces is passed to the EU.

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NB: You don’t have to agree with this but you do need to think about it.


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15 Responses to Food for Thought.

  1. odd fellow says:

    On the eve of the great event all eyes will be on us as once again our great country fight s for her freedom from European oppressors who wish to seek control over our lands and our way of life


  2. Insider. says:

    Markus Kerber, head of the BDI (Germany’s answer to the CBI), is calling on his country to not risk damaging trade with punitive post-Brexit tariffs.
    “Imposing trade barriers, imposing protectionist measures between our two countries – or between the two political centres, the European Union on the one hand and the UK on the other – would be a very, very foolish thing in the 21st century. The BDI would urge politicians on both sides to come up with a trade regime that enables us to uphold and maintain the levels of trade we have”
    The UK is responsible for approximately 5.5 million jobs across Europe – the German Mittelstand won’t want a trade war, they’ll want free trade.


  3. odd fellow says:

    I would rather die on my feet than live on my knees British government should have the right to govern it’s own people


  4. David Cawkwell. says:

    The proportion of UK exports destined for the EU fell from 54.8% in 1999 to 44.6% in 2014.
    (So much for ‘Half our exports are to the EU’)

    British exports to the world OUTSIDE the EU are growing far faster than British exports TO the EU – 37% faster since the turn of the millennium.
    The main reason why British export growth is almost 40% higher outside the EU is that most EU markets are anaemic, while many markets outside the EU are expanding rapidly.
    The USA and China, not EU members, with zero votes in the EU Council of Ministers, zero MEPs, zero Commissioners, zero judges at the European Court of Justice, zero civil servants working in EU institutions, having to export to the EU over the EU tariff barrier, each sell more goods to the EU than the UK does, without paying a cent to Brussels or imposing one iota of EU regulation on their domestic economies.
    Listen to the ‘Experts’ and We’re all Doomed or a Plague of Locusts and WW3 will happen if Brexit is the result by Friday morning.

    Mr.Thornton reinforces the points made by Veritas-Neither the EU nor the UN were anywhere in evidence when the Balkans conflict took place and the Netherlands is the only mainland European country which committed combat troops in Afghanistan.
    Solidarity? What’s that?


  5. S Thornton says:

    Peace in Europe my Ar*e.
    What about the “peace” we had in the Balkans in the nineteen nineties. The EU did nothing,( nor did the UN, when it allowed 8,000 men and BOYS to be executed come to think of it)
    Another convenient scare tactic.


  6. Veritas. says:

    I thought I would add my two pennies worth
    (This is not an endorsement for either the ‘Leave’ or ‘Remain’ camps BTW)

    Pro EU people claim “The EU has kept the peace in Europe”.
    How then do they answer this; The EU came into being when the Maastricht Treaty was signed in 1992 so who kept the peace in Europe between 1945 and 1992?

    (The answer-in case they have forgotten-is NATO)

    I recall it was NATO who oversaw the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989 not the EU.


  7. miss f sales says:

    Would appear clear that other countries are being favoured over Britain we take refugees while the products are made else where aided by eu grants seems all abit unfair this is what is going to happen more often the Osse policy looking very favourable at the moment


  8. reg reader says:

    “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.”.
    Wikipedia tells a slightly different story:


  9. m ward says:

    Can you please tell us when we joined the eu because as I understand it we that is England joined the common market The problem is countries that are not members are now trying to tell us to stay in since we have been members we have lost control of meany things I personally don’t believe all the people who are coming here are from war torn country s but are in fact migrant work force drawn here when the Italian coal fields closed some years ago the work force where told to go to Britain by the eu as ther were jobs here so the union put up a fight and stopped it big company s make millions from cheap labour as shown by moving abroad we as a country had some of the best skilled workers in the world the company s that have left have done so for financial results if the eu case is that good why so much unrest iam voting out an proud to do so


    • Watchman says:

      Thank you for your comments jay jay and m ward.
      I said previously I do not want to enter the ‘In’ or ‘Out’ of the EU debate because there are wide ranging views on both sides.
      I respect peoples views on this subject but I ask that further comments concentrate on the substance of the thread which is the loss of many of our companies and industries and what might be the solutions to prevent any more companies relocating to Europe.
      The comment from David Cawkwell is on the right track.


  10. jay jay says:

    The EU is a busted flush and, if we don’t vote leave next week, i feel sure it won’t be too long before it falls apart with no help from us. The only reason I can see for wanting to remain is a lot to do with big business wanting to keep their cheap labour and maintain the enormous disparity in wages between those at the top and the employees . Just my opinion, but one I’ve held for many years now.


  11. David Cawkwell says:

    It is a great pity British companies failed to invest in apprenticeships and R&D.
    A highly skilled workforce coupled with the latest technology might have prevented many of the companies listed above from relocating to the European mainland.
    Manufacturing companies will often plead they need to remain competitive and one of the solutions for them is cheaper labour and energy costs but those arguments are blown out the water when we look at the success of Honda,Nissan and Toyota car plants in Britain. They make profits and reinvest in their workforce and their products.
    The CEO’s of companies which have fled to Europe should IMV be made to answer the question whether loyalty to their workforce or bribes from the EU is paramount?


  12. reg reader says:

    That list has been going around for years.
    Back in 2010 the FT wrote about an issue with the abuse of EU structural funds, I’ve always assumed that your list came from what came up then.

    You can still read the original FT piece in google’s cache (otherwise it is behind a paywall).

    There is also some followup stuff here:



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