Lord Howard and Alistair Darling address Confederation of British Industry on EU referendum
Saturday, May 21, 2016
, the former (UK) leader, and , the former UK , set out their opposing views regarding the UK's continuing membership of the at the 's (CBI) annual dinner on Wednesday.
The dinner was held as the UK is expected to vote on the matter in next month's. Lord Howard encouraged those in attendance to vote for the UK to leave the EU, while Mr Darling was speaking in favour of a vote to remain.
Responding to the CBI calling for the UK to remain in the EU, Lord Howard referred to the organisation's previous calls to become a full member of theand the , saying these calls had been wrong, and suggesting this reduces the credibility of the CBI's current stance. Lord Howard also said if the UK left the EU and didn't replace it with some trade deal, which he described as "inconceivable", then the UK's exports would face EU import tariffs of 2.4% on average. He compared this to the UK's net contribution to the EU's budget, which he said was "equivalent to a seven per cent tariff."
Mr Darling reminded the audience of warnings from, Governor of the , and , head of the , that leaving the EU could lead to a recession in the UK. Mr Darling said this "would be disastrous for working people's life chances and living standards".
The referendum is expected to take place on June 23.
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