Madsen has written a think piece listing seven common misconceptions about Europe that are certain to feature in the referendum debate. They are:
The EU is "Europe"
If the UK leaves, it will, like Norway, have to follow rules it cannot help shape
That the UK has not lost sovereignty, only pooled it with other EU members
That the EU membership involves sacrificing some sovereignty in return for substantial economic growth
That huge numbers of UK jobs would disappear if the UK left the EU
That foreign investment into Britain would cease without EU membership
- That special interests (such as universities and farmers) could not manage without the EU grants they receive
It is quite possible that Mr Cameron will secure an advantageous deal from his EU colleagues that allows the UK to protect its sovereignty while enjoying a vigorous trading relationship with its partners. If he does, the British people might well vote to accept that deal. It will be better for the debate leading up to that vote, however, if the above misconceptions about the Europe and the EU are laid to rest.
You can read the full text of his piece here.