CLOSER TIES with the European Union could damage attempts by the UK's civil engineering industry to trade in other parts of the world, a civil engineer standing for the UK Independence Party (UKIP) said this week.
He fears that countries outside the EU will shut Britain out of their construction markets if their firms are unable to trade in Europe.
'We now live in a global world, whereas the EU tends to be inward looking. The EU wants to put a fence around Europe, ' said UKIP election candidate and ICE member Graham Cannon.
The UKIP objects to the single European currency and to European Union influence on British legislation.
Cannon has his own Burnley based geotechnical business called Worm's Eye Technical. He is standing for the Pendle constituency in Lancashire in the general election.
'I have never really been a political animal before, but I have been more and more incensed by my country being given away to the EU, ' he said.
'It started off with the constant raft of rules and regulations which I could see no reason for the EU imposing, ' he added.
'For instance, the latest directives say we should have new European buses which are 2m longer than usual. Why can't the bus companies simply decide on the size of their buses?'
Cannon also cited the example of a planned structural ground engineering eurocode.
Early drafts called for a seismic investigation on every UK civil engineering project. The move was eventually rejected.
'We should have more engineers in the political system, ' said Cannon, 'We understand the need to get things done, unlike the legal professions.'