Dear Mr. Clegg.I have just read in the Telegraph that :
… said it is a “nonsense” that the UK can forge trade deals with countries around the world when only 15 per cent of British trade goes outside the EU.”Surely you realise that with only 40% or so our our trade now being with the EU, the 15% you mention is 1.5 times as large as our 10% with your beloved EU? And that we have a substanatial surplus with the rest of the world but a substantial deficit with the EU?Or perhaps you don’t, given that in my exerience arithmetic was never your strongest point – as the several schemes you imposed on this country during the coalition fiasco tend to confirm.
Incidentally, I there is no doubt whatever that Britain will thrive once free of the dead hand of the EU – and I write that as a former manufacturer and exporter who understands that the what bring success is prompt deliverey of the right product of the right quality at the right price, not what politicians, most of whom have never designed, produced sold or exported anything in their lives.
PS You may or may not remember me from your MEP days when I challenged you ats several public and fringe meetings, incluing on the EU rules about excessive curvatiure of cumbers and a few weeks later at Leicester the same about bend bananas. And you may also remember replying to my email expressing delight at the news that you were about to stand down as MEP, flatly denying that you had any intention of standing for MP.