In The Press » April 13th 2012 - Bank Holidays
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UK Independence Party
From the Office of Derek Clark, MEP, East Midlands
Rowan House, 23 Billing Road, Northampton NN1 5AT
Tel: 01604 620064 Fax: 01604 636002
April 13th, 2012
The CEBR states that Britain has an average of eight public holidays in the average year at a cost to the economy of £2.3b for each of those days. So it calls for abandoning some to help the economy.
A quick browse through EU public holidays shows that Belgium, Germany, Hungary and Spain all have 10 public holidays per year, Denmark and France 11, while Greece and Portugal each have 13. We even have to attend Strasbourg this coming week from Tuesday to Friday, instead of the usual Monday to Thursday, because of the Greek Orthodox Easter.
But MEPs from across Europe do not want the UK to have any kind of advantage - which is what we currently have by taking fewer Bank Holidays than many other European countries.
They don't actually like competition. So, should we fall into line with all the others? Never mind the damage to our economy, this would satisfy all those people who support our EU membership - all in this together?
This is yet another reason to support UKIP's policy of withdrawal from the EU.
Derek Clark, UKIP MEP for the East Midlands.