U.K Minister says that the European Union is an economic corpse

UK MP: EU is an economic corpse

Sat Oct 27, 2012 10:34AM GMT

A British MP from the ruling Conservative party says the European Union is an economic “corpse” and that Britain may be better off out of the 27-member bloc.

Conservative backbencher Douglas Carswell cited recent poll results saying 51 percent of voters want Britain to leave the EU against only 34 percent who back staying in the union.

“This is the highest level of discontent for a generation,” Carswell said.

“It’s no longer a marginal view confined to mavericks; it is a legitimate point starting to go mainstream,” he added.

Carswell also said the opposition to the EU has grown so strong that a consensus is forming even among MPs and members of the cabinet on the view that “Britain may indeed be better off out.”

He said remaining in the crisis-hit EU while countries such as China and Brazil are moving full steam ahead in economic terms means “far from joining a rising economic powerhouse, we have shackled ourselves to a corpse.”

Carswell’s remarks were echoed by fellow Conservatives Edward Leigh and Philip Hollobone.

The House of Commons is now debating legislation that would allow Britain to leave the EU.

The Conservative eurosceptics are lobbying the Prime Minister to hold an in-out referendum on Britain’s membership in the EU.

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