Ken Clarke joins Britain’s manufacturers in EU plea

kenclarke300Cabinet minister Ken ‘Hush Puppy’ Clarke (pictured) has backed manufacturers in pressing the case for the UK to remain in Europe

In a blog for the manufacturers’ organisation EEF, he said: “We would be foolish not to listen to the EEF when they say that British membership of the Single Market helps, not hinders our efforts to boost exports.  In an extraordinarily clear reposte to those who suggest that somehow our trading relationships with other developing markets would be improved if we were to come out of the Single Market, the EEF point out that trade does not work in such an “either/or” fashion.”

Clarke described an EEF report, Manufacturing our Future in Europe, published today (October 14) as “a significant contribution to the debate about Britain’s future in Europe.”

He said the potential size of the prize for the UK remaining in Europe is worth billions and “disengagement is simply not the answer.”

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About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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