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Brexit could be a dead end for car industry in the UK.

Byline: John Curtis He'll put you on the right road

ON JUNE 23, this country is to vote on the UK's continued membership of the European Union. I have already returned my postal vote to remain in the EU.

My thinking is that we are quite big cheeses in the EU, able to negotiate opt-outs of things we don't like and able to benefit from a common market and preferential trading terms.

It's a lot like being married. There are good times and bad but, on balance, staying with the other half beats the alternative - a small dusty flat in the back end of nowhere.

Plus there are fringe benefits from remaining that we take for granted. I'll leave you to work out my meaning.

I love my country. I am a proud supporter of Scotland, within the UK, and within Europe.

We do sometimes forget that we are a small country with little clout in the big bad world. If we leave the relative security of the European "boys club", we cannot go back.

Leaving will damage the car industry I love so much. British-based manufacturers made almost 1.6million cars in John Curtis is a former Scottish Government expert on eco-friendly transport and he is committed to helping both people and organisations get the best out of their vehicle and fuel choices.

2015, which was more than any other time in the last decade.

The motor trade provides 800,000 jobs across the UK and generates PS15.5billion to the UK economy.

In 2015, 77.3 per cent of total production was shipped overseas.

While demand for British-made cars fell dramatically in wider markets such as Russia and China, in Europe, the UK's biggest car trading partner, demand increased for UK-built cars by 11.3 per cent over the same period.

The EU now accounts for 57.5 per cent of all UK car exports.

British made cars will attract a 10 per cent tariff if we leave the EU, pushing up the price. This alone will cost jobs.

I know that Scotland doesn't have a car manufacturing industry but many of the parts are made here and many of our relatives work in England manufacturing cars. These are our people and we must support them.

I have never felt more European. We should remain in the EU. We should shoulder the hard times together and prosper, as one. Who said marriage was easy?

'Leaving will damage the car industry that I love so much.'

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
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Date:Jun 10, 2016
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