North-East companies warn Britain pulling out of Europe would be a disaster, says Lib Dem MP Fiona Hall (From The Advertiser Series)
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North-East companies warn Britain pulling out of Europe would be a disaster, says Lib Dem MP Fiona Hall
NORTH-East companies are warning that pulling out of the EU would be a “disaster”, one of the region’s Euro-MPs said.
Liberal Democrat Fiona Hall told the conference: “I went to see Hitachi Rail Europe. Note the name.
“They have a plant under construction in County Durham which will bring 730 jobs directly and many thousands more in the supply chain.
“Hitachi were happy to tell us that they’re in the UK not only to build the new Intercity Express, but also to pursue orders on the continent.
“When I visit factories, the message face-to-face is even clearer. If the UK were to leave the European Union, it would be a disaster. A disaster - that is the word they use.
“And that is the message that we, as Liberal Democrats, must take out to people on the doorstep. It’s about jobs, stupid.”
During the speech, Ms Hall – who stands down last year – also made an outspoken attack on Nigel Farage, the controversial leader of the UK Independence Party (Ukip).
She accused Mr Farage of an “ugly, far-right agenda” and said he was seen so little at the European Parliament he was now known as ‘Mr Mirage’.
Ms Hall said: “Of course there are things we want to change at a European level. We'd like to get rid of Nigel Farage for a start!
“Actually, I think we've succeeded on that one already. He is so rarely seen in the European Parliament that people now call him Nigel Mirage.
“While Lib Dem MEPs are working to get the best deal for their constituents, Mr Mirage is down the pub. Talk about a waste of tax-payers' money.”
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