LETTER: Exports: Make up your minds

It would be good to pin down exactly what is the accurate percentage of exports to the EU [Letters, March 11].

Three stalwart supporters of the Union cannot agree about it. On The Andrew Marr Show the Chancellor of the Exchequer said it was 50 per cent. The Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills quotes the figure as 47 per cent.

Her opposite number, i.e. the Secretary of State, put the figure on Any Questions as low as 44 per cent.

Whichever one it is, and the Remain people really ought to make up their minds, the undisputed equivalent figure for 10 years ago was 62 per cent. So, even if we accept the Chancellor’s expansive estimate, what happens in another 10 years if we stay in and the percentage reduces proportionately? That would take it to 38 per cent.

But that is to assume the doubtful edifice of the European Union will not have imploded by a decade from now.

Edward Thomas

Collington Close

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