James Dyson: He wants to exploit British workers and keep all the profits for himself.

Pro-Brexit engineer James Dyson was barely challenged as he dreamed up one inaccurate pro-Brexit argument after another on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show. He can afford to do so. Although most of his research and development is done in the UK, he manufactures in Malaysia. So he won’t pay the price of a hard destructive Brexit.

Marr introduced Dyson as “one of the great optimists about our future”. Optimism is easier when it isn’t weighed down by inconvenient facts.

Take his claim that Europe is the “slowest growing area in the world”. Untrue. The IMF forecasts the EU will grow 2.3% this year. That’s well ahead of South America, Japan and the Middle East – and even slightly ahead of the United States. What’s more, if you exclude the slow-growing UK, the EU would be growing even faster.

Or look at Dyson’s attempt to brush aside concerns that Brexit would hurt the car industry, which relies on millions of components frictionlessly criss-crossing Europe before they are assembled into finished vehicles. He said there’s “not a problem with the supply chain because that’s duty-free”. That’s not true either. The average export tariff on car components to the EU is 4.5%. What’s more, smooth supply chains aren’t just about duties. Extra customs checks and paperwork at the border could wreak havoc with manufacturers’ “just-in-time” production methods.

And if the car industry was clobbered, what was Dyson’s answer? “The government has got plenty of room to give tax deductions, compensation, to British exporters of cars to Europe,” he told Marr. The snag is that if the government tried to subsidise British industry in this way, other countries would cry foul to the World Trade Organisation and would be free to slap extra punitive tariffs on our exports.

None of this affects Dyson because he’s already paying 3% tariffs to sell his Malaysia-built goods into the EU. His biggest market is with the US, and most of his growth is in Asia. The EU only counts for 18% of his trade.

Source: James Dyson is great inventor – of fake facts – InFacts


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