0 Have your say Terry Palmer has popped up in your letters column, (January 17), demanding that the UK leave the EU immediately. Where I do agree with him is that we need some real debate in Parliament and the country about the complexity of leaving an organisation of which we have been a member since 1973 and with which our economy and citizens’ rights are very integrated.If we pull out immediately, with no contingency plans in place, we will face immediately a customs barrier to our main export market; our universities will lose access to European research programmes; our hospitals will lose access to Euratom’s radioactive isotopes for cancer treatment; our police will lose access to Europol to fight crime across borders; the financial sector (the major part of our economy) will lose access to the European Market; our farmers will face barriers to their exports and World Trade Organisation tariffs will apply to our food imports from Spain, France etc. pushing up … [Read more...] about Leaving the EU not as easy as you think
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WE continue to hear the Brexit debate from all sources saying that 'although we accept that Britain is coming out the EU, we still will need another referendum on whether we have a 'good deal' or not'. This is of course only coming from the 'Remainers' who just cannot accept that the 'Leave' voters won the debate. As a Brexiteer myself, I would like to know what all these people: including many present government ministers, the Labour Party, business or economic experts – not to mention the Lib Dems, actually mean when they say 'a good deal'. To my mind a good deal to all those dedicated 'Remainers' would be that UK still maintain most of the past EU deals like the 'Single' and the 'Custom' market with all added extras that it strongly contains like 'open borders' etc. Thus meaning that although they strongly agree with the democratic vote that Britain should leave the EU, we can by the back door still remain and pay for it just the same as we did before. In other … [Read more...] about Letter to the Editor: The UK should just leave the EU outright
The EU referendum result will not be reversed. So re-moaners like Chris Ellis (Letter in December 2, Echo) should accept the wishes of 17.4 million people who voted to leave the EU and shut up about it. We will be far better off as a country when we do leave – we will be an independent country again and able to control our own laws, borders, taxes and trading arrangements instead of paying around £12 billion a year to the greedy EU (and what for?). The EU started as a trading ‘common market’, but has since grown in to a full blown political union of countries led by unaccountable, unelected, bureaucrats in Brussels. The majority of the British people have decided they no longer want to be governed by this socialist rabble of rich fat cats any more. As for bringing Winston Churchill into it – he would never have supported the UK being governed by the EU but just wanted the countries of Europe to live peacefully side by side. Also, we should … [Read more...] about LETTER: We will be far better off when we leave the EU
Dear David, I write to you in your capacity as Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union and as a former Parliamentary colleague. I can well understand that in seeking to extract the UK from the EU you are obliged to follow the procedure laid down in Article 50 and that you are also constrained by what your Cabinet colleagues will actually tolerate. That being said, there is no point in pretending that you can deliver results which common-sense alone tells us are simply unattainable. Even if the EU negotiators were willing to give the UK the sort of deal we want, they cannot do so, firstly because the EU does not allow exceptions to the rule and secondly because of the real fear that, in the event of a more advantageous deal being struck with Britain, other EU member States will demand the same terms and that the whole EU project might then unravel. Of greater concern is the effect that the protracted negotiations are having upon us all here at home. Trade, industry and … [Read more...] about UK must deliver ultimatum on leaving the EU
Brexit minister David Davis has complained in a letter to the prime minister that Brussels is damaging British interests by talking up the threat to companies if the UK leave the EU without a deal. What does the letter say? That Davis has sought legal advice over whether Brussels is breaching Britain's rights as a member state by advising companies of the risk to trading in the event of a "no deal". It was first published by the UK Financial Times and confirmed as genuine by an aide from Davis's department. "The EU has adopted a number of measures that put agreements or contracts at risk of being terminated in the event of a 'no deal' scenario and/or would require UK companies to relocate to another Member State." "It's clear there have been a number of instances where the (European Commission), by treating the UK differently despite still being a member of the EU, have not acted in good faith," added an aide in the department, confirming the letter. "It should be no surprise that if … [Read more...] about Brexit: will the UK sue the EU?