One of the most damaging policies the EU has visited upon us is dear and scarce energy. The UK needs to be free to have its own energy policy based on domestic security of supply and lower prices.
EU energy policies are pricing energy intensive industry out of the UK, and also damaging the cost base of general industry. The UK has lost large amounts of capacity in aluminium, steel, ceramics and other basics.
The renewables requirement encouraging dependence on wind energy has left the UK with expensive intermittent sources, which require going to the great cost of building back up stand by power.
More use of interconnectors to the continent makes the UK more dependent on a continent short of energy and itself reliant in part on Russian gas, which contains considerable political risk.
Freed of the EU obligations the UK could develop more of its indigenous energy sources, rely more on gas and fuel efficient coal stations, and deliver more cheap energy to business and households.
Instead we import more goods made using coal based power that is cheaper abroad. It does not save on the CO2 but costs us more in other ways.
Dear energy is creating more fuel poverty and necessitating higher welfare payments.
OUR OPPONENTS WILL CLAIM WE NEED JOINT WORKING WITH THE EU TO BE SECURE
The opposite is true. The continent is energy short, reliant on dear interruptible renewables and Russian gas.
Our best security is to develop our own energy, with our own nuclear and reliable renewable technologies, and with domestic energy sources for conventional power stations.