by Edward Frostick
I’ve just been reading UKIP’s policy, which is nothing more than an unthought out scribble of ideas without any thought as to how to achieve them; that or they’re lying. From what I know of UKIP it could be either.
It say it wants a relation with the EU similar to Switzerland’s. Well what it wants and what it might get could easily be two different things. But supposing they’re right. What will that mean. Well, UKIP doesn’t tell you that it will mean adopting much of EU law. There would be no opting out, and no say in further EU law imposed on us. If we don’t accept it, the association is terminated.
UKIP says it wants a free trade agreement with NAFTA. Has it approached NAFTA? No. Would it get it? Probably not, for two reasons. Firstly, the whole purpose of NAFTA membership is to impose rules on its members. For example, member states can’t refuse imports from member states. That means member states cannot refuse to allow entry of goods considered harmful or detrimental to health, including foodstuffs. Secondly, any application would almost certainly be rejected if we had associate membership of the EU. Washington told the Tory rebels that joint membership with the EU would not be allowed. There’s no reason to believe that associate membership would be any different.
I think UKIP has a lot of explaining to do.