Mayor's report (Supplementary) [6]

Session date: 
December 14, 2011
Question By: 
Steve O'Connell
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


On the same theme but on a slightly lighter note, Mr Mayor, I was a very proud, youthful and rather spotty Londoner back in 1975 who voted against the EEC, along with other visionaries like Tony Benn and some others. I tend to think I was proven right as were those colleagues. From your conciliatory comments, I guess you believe otherwise.

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Answer for Mayor's report (Supplementary) [6]

Answer for Mayor's report (Supplementary) [6]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): You cannot turn back the clock. The EU has brought benefits to people on the continent and in this country as well. What we should do now is be much less ambitious about creating fiscal political union and we should do things that are actually in the interests of people in this city and across the community. Things people really want, like the ability to set up as an optician in another EU country without an incredible amount of bureaucracy to stop you doing it. We want the Services Directive to be agreed. These are simple things that would help British business to take advantage of the single market. That is what we need, rather than endlessly gallivanting off on some crazed chimerical pipedream of fiscal union which will not work, and if it did work would be profoundly politically wrong and damaging. We should complete the single market and allow British businesses to trade more freely across Europe.