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The Rt Hon John Redwood MP is the Member of UK Parliament for Wokingham and the Chairman of the Conservative Economic Affairs Committee. His articles are cross-posted on his blog by agreement.

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    Bank of England misleads on the EU

    The Bank of England claims EU membership has helped the dynamism of the UK economy. But it is hard to see how this could be the case when Brussels weighs us down in complex bureaucracy, dear energy, and a failure to negotiate global trade deals

    by John Redwood MP -  8 November 2015
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    EU scaremongering and the single market

    The main aim of the Stay in campaign is to terrify UK voters into thinking if we leave the EU we, uniquely in the world, will be unable to sell into the EU single market. This is scaremongering, and it is utter nonsense

    by John Redwood MP -  3 November 2015
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    Mind the EU energy gap

    Once you interfere as comprehensively as the EU has done in energy provision you create difficulties in keeping the lights on, and you make energy considerably dearer. Another reason to rethink our relationship with Brussels

    by John Redwood MP - 28 October 2015
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    How much extra did the UK have to pay the EU?

    The budget fiasco shows up the absurd complexity of EU affairs. Even a Eurosceptic government with no wish to pay any extra ends up having to pay something all the time it is a member of the EU. There's no way out but out

    by John Redwood MP - 23 October 2015
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    Stay in EU campaign starts with threats and nonsense

    Lord Rose is not defending some friendly status quo that delivers us from insecurity. He wants us to stay in the EU on its wild ride to political union. He can't answer the key questions, and his campaign is built upon scaremongering, and flat out nonsense

    by John Redwood MP - 11 October 2015
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    Conservative Conference: The EU, and UK sovereignty

    A fringe event at the Conservative Party conference debated the crucial issue of sovereignty. The fact is that, without radical renegotation, if we stay in the present EU too long there won't be any real British sovereignty to talk about

    by John Redwood MP -  6 October 2015
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    Europe and the Conservative conference

    Parochial and silly talk of "splits" aside, the good thing about the Conservative conference is it offers the government an opportunity to remind other members of the EU that behind ministers lies a party and a country that is far from happy with our current relationship with Brussels

    by John Redwood MP -  4 October 2015
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    Living wage, minimum wage. Politics vs Economics

    The first effects of a minimum wage set above market levels is to destroy jobs. But the second effect, raising disposable income, can actually create jobs. There's a very fine line when politics and economics go to war

    by John Redwood MP - 21 September 2015
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    Corbyn defeats modern Labour. Next up, modern Britain

    Having defeated the modern Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn will now go after modern Britain as a whole, with poverty-inducing voodoo economics and social populism mainly aimed at smashing middle England

    by John Redwood MP - 13 September 2015
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    A fair referendum on Britain's EU membership?

    The crucial fight for a fair referendum on britain's membership of the European Union has resumed in earnest. It is vital that people interested in fairness understand what is happening

    by John Redwood MP -  9 September 2015
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    Lower tax rates do bring in more revenue

    The evidence in Britain again shows that reducing top income tax rates increases tax revenue. This fact of economic life needs to be more widely recognised

    by John Redwood MP -  1 September 2015
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    Greece’s painful and irresponsible bail out

    Greece has now got a worse deal than it originally opposed. Let's be clear. It's their fault for wanting to be in a failed single currency. But it's also Germany and Brussel's fault for living in fantasy land. It's all a very European mess, and it's not going away

    by John Redwood MP - 16 August 2015
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    World Health Service or National Health Service?

    The NHS is being ripped off -- which means that British taxpayers are being ripped off -- by non-UK residents getting free care and claiming British money when they go home. This is part of a bigger set of questions, and we must move decisively to answer them

    by John Redwood MP - 11 August 2015
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    EU blues: The case for a self-governing UK

    Though polls show that most Britons, at this stage, want to remain inside the EU, they also show that there is increasing realisation and unhappiness about how much power we have already ceded to Brussels. There is much to play for ahead of the referendum

    by John Redwood MP -  7 August 2015
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    “A German Europe” -- Joschka Fischer speaks out

    When even Germany's former foreign minister, the highly influential Joschka Fischer, starts warning of "European protectorates", you know that the EU has entered a frightening and dangerous new phase, which Britain must not be part of

    by John Redwood MP -  5 August 2015


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