She claimed Norway had a 'bum' deal with the E.E.C.
We've said it before (See Blog, David 'call me Dave' Cameron and the 'Norway myth', myth 9/11/15.) and we'll say it again.
Norway is one of the richest countries in Europe.
They have consistently voted not to join the E.E.C.
I wonder if Miss Soubry would like to explain why, if Norway is missing out on such a good deal, do they continually vote to stay out?
It's that good, they don't want to join.
Britain is quite capable of making its own trade agreement.
Miss Soubry also said that the 'out' campaign are not able to say what such an agreement would look like; well obviously, that's simply because it's not been made yet!
How can you state what's in a trade deal that hasn't been agreed yet?
However, I'm willing to enlighten her.
As Britain has a trade deficit with Europe which means they export more to us than we do to them, this of course means that they need us, more than we need them; subsequently Britain has a very strong hand to play at any negotiations.
This is how and what would happen in reality.
First of all, unlike 'Tim nice but dim' Cameron, who told his cronies in Europe that even if he didn't get any concessions whatsoever, he would still campaign to stay in the E.E.C., we would get someone who actually knows what they're doing and furthermore, more importantly, has the sense and subsequent ability to negotiate without showing his hand.
The subsequent free trade agreement would then basically look exactly as it does now.
There you go, that's it.
They couldn't put tariffs on our goods, because we would simply reciprocate and they couldn't dictate to us, because we don't need them.
And we don't care.
Britain would be able to dictate virtually whatever trade deal they wanted, because the likes of Bosch, Siemens, VW, BMW, Audi, Porsche, Mercedes, AEG, Krupps, Renault, Citreon, Peugeot, St. Gobain glass, champagne and wine makers, Fiat, Seat, Ferrari, Aprilla, Indesit and countless number of other companies in Europe would be desperate to continue their sales to us; absolutely desperate.
There wouldn't be years of negotiations at all.
We would simply carry on as we are until we met within a few days and signed the new deal detailed above, simple.
Any more questions, I'll be glad to help.