Read UKIP’s campaign policies for the Euro elections, and find out that Mexico is the way to go for Britain, according to Nigel Farage and his not so angry old men.
The main plank of the UK Independence Party’s manifesto for the European elections 2009 is:
“The UK Independence Party believes that the UK should withdraw from the European Union and that our membership should be replaced with a genuine free trade agreement similar to those enjoyed by other non-EU nations such as Switzerland, Norway and Mexico.”
If UKIP manages to get the United Kingdom out of the European Union, the party is less particular about the future model of cooperation. Reassuringly, friendly relations can be seen as opting for peace rather than war, but free trade can come in different shapes.
Norway is part of the European Economic Area (EEA), which gives it access to the internal market, but without real powers to form the rules.
Switzerland is formally bound only by bilateral treaties with the European Union, but in practice a virtual member of the EEA.
Non-European Mexico has agreed on a free trade area (FTA) with the European Union. Recently the relations have been upgraded to a strategic partnership.
The common feature of the three examples is that the relationships have evolved, becoming ever closer.
Interestingly, UKIP proposes that the United Kingdom should renounce its seat at the tables, where European decisions are made.
I hope that UK voters conduct a full debate on the ways and means, well ahead of the European elections.