Ian Botham, Former England Test cricketerIt is insane that because we are in the EU we do not have the freedom to reach our own agreements to trade freely with … emerging powers like China … We have lost the right to govern ourselves, to make our own laws and to choose who comes here.
Alexander Temerko, Deputy Chairman, OGN GroupWith half a billion consumers, the EU is the world’s largest market. To remain influential as a champion of free trade at a time when agreements are being hammered out with the US and Japan, the UK needs to be negotiating from inside the club.
Julian Fellowes, English actor, novelist, film director and screenwriter, Conservative member of the House of LordsI believe we should be out. It’s about philosophy, it’s about democracy, it’s about democracy versus autocracy … the European Union can’t be accountable because the elected MEPs have no real control over the Commission.
Luke Johnson, Chairman of Risk Capital Partners. Weekly columnist for the Sunday TimesI worry that it [the EU] is a growing threat to our democracy, I think that we lack control over our own borders, I worry that with ever closer union we will be forced at some point into the euro zone which is clearly a failed project.
Alan Halsall, National Business for Britain Co-ChairmanAs a businessman I know how important it is to keep a tight control over costs, but that doesn’t seem to be something that EU politicians understand. If we vote to leave ... we will be able to spend … money on our priorities here in the UK.
Simon Deakin, Professor of Law, Director of the Centre for Business Research (CBR) at the University of CambridgeThanks to the collective negotiating strength of the EU, the UK has more of an input into WTO rules and trade agreements than would be the case if it negotiated these deals in isolation from its European neighbours.
Michael Ancram, Former chairman and deputy leader of the Conservative Party and shadow foreign secretaryEver since we were first conned into voting for the EU by Harold Wilson, the steady pursuit of and progress towards ever-closer union …. has meant a grinding erosion of our hard-won freedoms and rights.
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