Yep, who cares - we've already left the EU , you may as well have posted a link about Russia or the USA as we are about as much a part of them as we are the EU.False claims. Look at performances from 2008 to present. Take into account the global downturn. The iceberg exists only in your head.
Facts and figures on the EU’s position in global markets
The EU benefits from being one of the most open economies in the world and remains committed to free trade.
- The EU is the largest economy in the world. Although growth is projected to be slow, the EU remains the largest economy in the world with a GDP per head of €25 000 for its 500 million consumers.
- The EU is the world's largest trading block. The EU is the world’s largest trader of manufactured goods and services.
- The EU ranks first in both inbound and outbound international investments
- The EU is the top trading partner for 80 countries. By comparison the US is the top trading partner for a little over 20 countries.
- The EU is the most open to developing countries. Fuels excluded, the EU imports more from developing countries than the USA, Canada, Japan and China put together.
- The average applied tariff for goods imported into the EU is very low. More than 70% of imports enter the EU at zero or reduced tariffs.
- The EU’s services markets are highly open and we have arguably the most open investment regime in the world.
- The EU has not reacted to the crisis by closing markets. However some the EU’s trading partners have not been so restrained as the EU has highlighted in the Trade and Investment Barriers Report .
- In fact the EU has retained its capacity to conclude and implement trade agreements. The recent Free Trade Agreements with South Korea and with Singapore are examples of this and the EU has an ambitious agenda of trade agreements in the pipeline.