Dyson: Britain should leave Europe to avoid being 'dominated by Germans'Sir James Dyson says that Europe is increasingly dominated by 'very large' German companies which ensure that industrial standards protect the 'old guard'
Sir James Dyson, the inventor and entrepreneur, has said that he would vote for Britain to leave the European Union to avoid being "dominated and bullied by the Germans".
He said that the European Union is dominated by "very large German companies" who set the standards and ensure that the "old guard and old technology" is supported while new technology is not.
David Cameron has committed to holding a referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union in 2017 as he attempts to claw back powers from Brussels.
Sir James BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I think it's a European Union dominated by Germany, and in our particular field we have these very large German companies who dominate standards setting and energy reduction committees, and so we get the old guard and old technology supported and not new technology.
"I want to keep EFTA – European free trade – and free movement of peoples, but I don't see that we need to be dominated and bullied by the Germans."
He added, however, that Britain's immigration laws need to be changed to ensure that engineers and the "right type of people" stay in this country after they study at British universities.
His firm has committed £1billion to developing 100 new products in Britain over the next four years.
He said: "Export is vital for Britain to create wealth. In order to export you have to have high technology products that are better than those produced elsewhere in the world.
"One important thing we should do is to keep those engineers in Britain. A lot of them come from overseas, in fact, 90 per cent of researchers at British universities come from overseas, and we must encourage them to stay here."
"I would change our immigration laws to allow the right sort of people to stay here," he said.
David Cameron has said that Dyson's investment has signalled that the company is "looking to the future" with an investment that will "help to cement its leading role on the global stage".Source