Today I spent the morning on the doorsteps hearing people’s views. I also spent time today in the Market Place in Wokingham on the Vote Leave stall, and launched the Vote Leave campaign in the west of Wokingham Borough at Three Mile Cross.
There was considerable interest in the referendum, with many people telling me they had made up their minds and were keen for us to leave. I met just one enthusiast to remain who wished to argue the case. There were also many undecided. Often they were sympathetic to the idea that the UK should have more control over its own taxes, spending, borders and laws but wished to be reassured about what life will be like outside the EU.
I explained I do not think our jobs are at risk. The rest of the EU has every need to carry on trading with us, just as we wish to do with them. I was also able to remind them that the UK will be a full member of the World Trade Organisation as is the EU, so both sides will be prevented by that from inflicting trade damage on each other. Most countries trade with most under countries under WTO rules quite happily. The UK will do better than that as the rest of the EU will not wish to worsen their access to our markets.