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UK would be a ‘better place’ if it left the European Union, claims one of London’s biggest hedge funds

Toscafund says attempts by other EU nations to “economically ostracise” the UK are likely to backfire

Britain would be a “better place” if it left the European Union, according to a leading London-based hedge fund

Mr Savouri said the UK had become a “trailblazer of much needed and welcome reform”, exposing flaws in an EU that had “overreached itself” in recent years Photo: ALAMY


 

Toscafund said the UK had nothing to fear if it exited the bloc, as it would free the country from Brussels’ repeated power grabs.

“If the EU doesn’t want to reform, we should leave it,” the fund said in a report.

Tosca, which manages around $4bn (£2.8bn) of assets and has stakes in a number of UK-listed companies, including housebuilder Redrow and Argos owner Home Retail Group, said London’s status as Europe’s financial hub would not be threatened by an exit because there was no “plausible alternative in the western hemisphere”.

Tosca said other major cities in Europe and the US could not compete with London as a financial centre, whether it was inside or outside the EU  Photo: Canary Wharf Group


New York or Frankfurt could not compete for the “hugely important and lucrative role,” said Savvas Savouri, an economist at Tosca.

David Cameron is preparing a final diplomatic push before EU leaders meet for a crunch summit in Brussels on Thursday to discuss a new deal for the UK to remain in the EU.

The prime minister is due to hold talks with Francois Hollande, the French president, and Martin Schulz, the head of the European Parliament.

Mr Savouri said the UK had become a “trailblazer of much needed and welcome reform”, exposing flaws in an EU that had “overreached itself” in recent years.

It said the bloc had been transformed from “a much needed economic union to one with unwelcome political ambitions”.

Mr Savouri claimed a British exit was unlikely to be as traumatic as some fear, with a falling pound likely to make Britain more competitive.

He said any attempts to “economically ostracise” the UK if it voted to leave would probably backfire, resulting in “self-inflicted trauma on a number of EU members”.

“Consider for a moment how the boards of both BMW and VW might react to their car making operations across England suffering trade-sanctions which in large part have been orchestrated by their own Government,” he said.

“We should keep in mind that our dynamic, strong and supply-side reformed economy has dealt us a great hand, while the EU is playing with a great deal of bluff.”

However, a separate report published by a leading manufacturing association described Brexit as a “lose-lose” situation for manufacturers across the bloc, which could trigger a “downward spiral” in UK growth.

The Council of European Employers of the Metal, Engineering and Technology-based industries (CEEMET) said British industry would suffer a drop in output of 0.5pc annually over 15 years if it left the EU, sparking a decline across the rest of the bloc.

KEY POINTS

Donald Tusk’s draft EU deal for Britain

MIGRATION AND BENEFITS

  • A watered-down emergency brake will limit migrants’ access to benefits for four years immediately after the referendum. Rather than a total ban, access to in-work benefits will be “graduated from an initial complete exclusion but gradually increasing”
  • Migrants will still be able to send benefits to their children abroad, just in lower amounts than they currently do
  •  Mr Cameron will be given new powers to stop suspected terrorists and criminals coming to the UK, not only if a threat is “imminent”
  • New rules will stop people coming to the UK via “sham marriages”. They will prevent non-EU citizens marrying an EU citizen to then live and work in Britain

SOVEREIGNTY

  • The letter recognises that the UK “is not committed to further political integration into the European Union”
  • A “red card” system will allow the House of Commons to band together with like-minded EU parliaments and block unwanted Brussels legislation

ECONOMIC GOVERNANCE

  • The deal protects the pound by recognising in law – for the first time – that the EU has more than one currency
  • British taxpayers’ money can never be liable to support the eurozone
  • Any issues which affect all member states must be discussed by all member states – not just countries in the eurozone

COMPETITIVENESS

  • The EU will increase efforts to cut bureaucracy, especially on small and medium enterprises, which the Government has said damages UK businesses
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/12157846/UK-would-be-a-better-place-if-it-left-the-European-Union-claims-one-of-Londons-biggest-hedge-funds.html

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