STAYING IN THE EU IS BEST FOR BUSINESS - AND TRANSPORT
ISSUE NUMBER: TT132

In less than two months, Britain will go to the polls once again. This time, it's not a general election. It's much more important than that. It's a historic vote that will radically shape this country's future, whether we decide to stay in the European Union or not. So it deserves a serious debate that allows everyone to weigh up the arguments and make an informed decision. I'm not one of those people who think the "pros" or the "antis" have all the answers. I appreciate there are longstanding reasons why people want Britain to quit the EU. But I believe there are more persuasive reasons for staying in. And my conviction has only grown since I became Transport Secretary.

The first reason is that our economy will be better off. And the transport industry will be better off. Just consider our flourishing UK motor industry. We make some of the best and most in-demand cars in the world. Last year almost 1.6 million of them rolled off the production lines, the highest for a decade. But a recent poll revealed that more than three-quarters of UK car manufacturers say quitting the EU would hurt their businesses.

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