Mill Road benefits from EU membership - Bourke

March 10, 2014 11:33 AM

Kilian BourkeCambridge's multi-national businesses on Mill Road epitomise the benefits the European Union brings to 21st century Britain, Councillor Kilian Bourke told the Liberal Democrat Spring Conference yesterday (Sunday, March 9).

Abdul Arain's business Al Amin, in particular illustrates how the local and international go together seamlessly in the UK, Councillor Bourke told delegates while supporting the conference motion "In Europe, In Work".

The motion underscored the Liberal Democrats' campaign for the UK to remain a member of the European Union.

"Mill Road is this cosmopolitan city's most cosmopolitan street, and Al Amin perfectly exemplifies its international character." said Cllr Bourke who represents Romsey on Cambridgeshire County Council. "Mr Arain's successful business is a testament to how the local and the international go together seamlessly in modern Britain."

He explained: "Al Amin depends on its owner being able to move and trade freely around the continent, which is exactly what the European Union allows: free movement of labour and capital, without tariffs or quotas, a single market in which entrepreneurs can simply get on with what they do best."

"What I find even more encouraging though is that Mr Arain also sees the big picture; the EU isn't just about cutting red tape, it also allows us to more effectively tackle properly international issues like the fallout from the financial crash and the worldwide ecological crisis."

"Leaving the EU would not only cost this country jobs, it would limit our ability to act on these defining issues of the 21st century."

Cllr Bourke told how, when talking to Mr Arain in his store one weekend, Mr Arain announced that he was a passionate supporter of the European Union.

"I am a true believer," he told Cllr Bourke. "I believe that our future is in Europe. To tackle the challenges of the 21st century we must appreciate that we are interdependent."

Mr Arain, who contested the election to be Chancellor of Cambridge University in 2011, regularly visits Austria and Germany for his work.

He explained how he had seen first-hand how the same EU regulations were transposed differently into national laws - and that it was often clumsy national implementations that were to blame for negative public perceptions of unnecessary bureaucracy.

"I am proud that the Liberal Democrats are campaigning with absolute clarity as The Party of In," concluded Cllr Bourke.

"I agree with Abdul: our future is in Europe".

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