MP makes case for EU yes vote

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

MP Damian Green paid a visit to an Ash­ford-based in­ter­na­tional busi­ness to dis­cuss the ben­e­fits of stay­ing in the Euro­pean Union.

As part of the Bri­tain Stronger In Europe cam­paign, Mr Green met Emir Hand Tools em­ploy­ees at their Kingsnorth In­dus­trial Es­tate site. The com­pany, AKA Em­merich Ber­lon Ltd, was set up in Ash­ford in 1966 and now trades through­out Europe.

Mr Green said more than 538,000 jobs in the South East are linked to trade with the EU and Emir Hand Tools was one ex­am­ple of how Bri­tain was stronger in Europe.

He said: “This year peo­ple in the South East will be asked to make the choice of a gen­er­a­tion: does Bri­tain re­main as part of Europe and keep all the eco­nomic and se­cu­rity ben­e­fits that in­cludes or do we risk go­ing it alone? I am clear we are stronger, safer and bet­ter off in Europe.

“Our mem­ber­ship of the EU helps creates thou­sands of jobs, en­ables our busi­nesses to trade freely in one of the world’s largest mar­ket­places, and al­lows us to de­port for­eign crim­i­nals – and bring peo­ple sus­pected of crimes here who have fled to Europe back to face jus­tice.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Stronger In cam­paign, visit

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