Stephen Doughty – the Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth – has claimed today that ‘most local businesses‘ support Britain remaining within the European Union.
In a BBC interview today Doughty said “the vast majority of business people that I speak to locally in Cardiff or in South Wales recognise the benefits of our membership” [of the E.U.].
Doughty dismissed the Mayor of London – Boris Johnson’s – decision to back the Out campaign as a “sideshow” . He claimed Johnson’s decision was a result of his “making calculations about his own political career rather than acting in the national interest”.
Doughty claimed that Wales would be receiving £2 billion from the EU over then next four years – but failed to point out this is Britain’s own money being recycled back from Brussels .
Doughty defended E.U. “senseless red tape” saying that what was described as “senseless red tape” a really meant things like maternity rights, or getting emergency health care across the E.U. or “the reduction in costs of our mobile phone bills”. He said “that’s not senseless red tape to me – that’s about rights for consumers, it’s about lowering prices and its about ensuring that we’ve got rights at work” .
He claimed that “200,000 jobs across Wales” were dependent upon the UK’s membership of the European Union and asserted that “We get far more out of our E.U. membership than we get in”.