A Zero Sum Game is a situation in which a gain by one person or side must be matched by a loss by another person or side. Good examples of this can be found in the following list which was sent to me by email showing losses to the United Kingdom as a result of activities being transferred abroad with EU assistance, often financial.
- Ford Transit moved to Turkey 2013 with EU grant.
- Cadbury moved factory to Poland 2011 with EU grant.
- Jaguar Land Rover has recently agreed to build a new plant in Slovakia with EU grant, owned by Tata.
- Peugeot closed its Ryton (was Rootes Group) plant and moved production to Slovakia with EU grant.
- British Army’s new Ajax fighting vehicles to be built in SPAIN using SWEDISH steel at the request of the EU to support jobs in Spain with EU grant, rather than Wales.
- Dyson gone to Malaysia, with an EU loan.
- Crown Closures, Bournemouth (Was METAL BOX), gone to Poland with EU grant, once employed 1,200.
- M&S manufacturing gone to the Far East with EU loan.
- Hornby models gone. In fact all toys and models now gone from UK along with the patents all with with EU grants.
- Gillette gone to Eastern Europe with EU grant.
- Texas Instruments Greenock gone to Germany with EU grant.
- Indesit at Bodelwyddan Wales gone with EU grant.
- Sekisui Alveo said production at its Merthyr Tydfil Industrial Park foam plant will relocate production to Roermond in the Netherlands, with EU funding.
- Hoover Merthyr factory moved out of UK to Czech Republic and the Far East by Italian company Candy with EU backing.
- ICI integration into Holland’s AkzoNobel with EU bank loan and within days of the merger, several factories in the UK, were closed, eliminating 3,500 jobs.
I have edited the comments from e-mail and I have only checked the first statement which can be verified from the Daily Telegraph of 3rd October 2007.
Nevertheless the sentiments ring true.