For the EU's economy, Brexit is like the EU28 becoming the EU10

We present our second 'one-pager' in the Brexit Fightback Initiative

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The UK's economy is bigger than 18 EU countries COMBINED

We look at the latest official EU economic data for 2018, as part of our 'Brexit Fightback Initiative'.

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For the third year in a row, Brexit Facts4EU.Org shows just what a massive impact Brexit makes on the EU’s economic size. This information has been used by pro-Brexit MPs in Parliament many times. Here we bring you the latest official EU economic data for 2018, as part of our 'Brexit Fightback Initiative'.

Brexit Summary

  • The UK’s economy is bigger than 18 EU member countries – COMBINED
  • This shows the dramatic economic impact to the EU of Brexit
  • If the 18 smallest EU member states left simultaneously, the EU’s total economy would not shrink as much as it will on Brexit
  • In effect, Brexit is equivalent to the EU28 becoming the EU10, in terms of the EU’s economic size

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All these countries could leave the EU, and they would not have the same impact on the size of the EU's economy as when the UK leaves:-

  • Ireland
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Czech Republic
  • Romania
  • Portugal
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Slovak Republic
  • Luxembourg
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Slovenia
  • Lithuania
  • Latvia
  • Estonia
  • Cyprus
  • Malta

Why is this important?

When negotiating with Brussels, Boris Johnson seems to understand the relative importance of the UK to the EU. When listening to Theresa May - and to Remainer MPs and the BBC - the public could easily have received the impression that the UK is minor player - just one out of 28 members. In fact it has the economic power of more than 18 of the smaller EU member states.

Mrs May in Brussels

Mrs May almost looked apologetic when she attended EU Council summits. It is little wonder that the EU Council and Commission were able to impose on her the appalling surrender treaty known as the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration.

We very much doubt that when Mr Johnson attends the next EU Summit in two weeks' time he will come across as weak and supplicant, in the way that Mrs May did.

The EU has expanded by adding economically-small countries, each of which has had little impact on the overall size of the Single Market and the Customs Union. The latest factsheet in our new ‘Brexit Fightback Initiative’ shows just how significant the UK really is.

You can now download this information as a simple, one-page PDF leaflet
We hope you find it useful

Endorsed by a NINE Brexit organisations with big reach

We are pleased to tell readers that we have received endorsements for this factsheet from eight other Brexit organisations, each acting independently. With us that makes nine.

These are: Alliance of British Entrepreneurs, Economists for Free Trade, Fishing for Leave, Get Britain Out, Global Britain, Veterans for Britain, Better Off Out (part of The Freedom Association), and Campaign for an Independent Britain . We recommend visiting their websites and following them on Twitter and Facebook, if you haven't already done so.

Further action: This factsheet follows on from the first one in the ‘Brexit Fightback Initiative’. More factsheets are coming, with several of them nearing completion. In the meantime we hope that readers will do everything they can to promote them.

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We would like to thank the following readers for their specific support of the ‘Brexit Fightback Initiative’:-

VIP Sponsors (£100 donation or more): Geoffrey Burwood, Barbara Jell, David Hurlbut, Jon from Wales, Patrick Ford

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To take just one example from the list above, the Maltese PM governs a country the size of the town of Kirklees in West Yorkshire. And yet when unanimous votes are required at the EU Council, his vote carries the same weight as that of the British Prime Minister. Imagine the Maltese PM making the decision to extend Article 50 past 31 October - a decision which will affect a country that has a population 139 times greater than his?

This is the reality of the EU, not the glossy impression given by Remain MPs that the UK is ‘too small’ to flourish as an independent country. If they knew the first thing about the EU, they would know this.

When the Prime Minister presents his Brexit plan today we hope to see 'Big, Bold Boris', acting in the interests of 'Big, Bold Britain'.

As ever, the lack of funding limits the resources we can put on this initiative. We are inviting readers to help by becoming a Sponsor (£10 donation), a Gold Sponsor (£50 donation), or a VIP Sponsor (£100 and above). We will not publish your name unless you give express permission, naturally, and your contact details are never used.

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[ Sources: Eurostat official EU data | EU Commission ]

Brexit Facts4EU.Org, 02 Oct 2019

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