Brexit means Brexit means…..?

Costa Blanca News (South Edition) - - Letters to the Editor -

Cabo Roig Septem­ber 2, 2017 Well, now we are be­gin­ning to recog­nise what Brexit means:Stay­ing in the sin­gle mar­ket. Re­main­ing in the Cus­toms Union. Ac­cept­ing the free move­ment of peo­ple. Ac­cept­ing the ju­ris­dic­tion of the Euro­pean Court of Jus­tice. No rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment. A ‘di­vorce set­tle­ment’ of at least £50M. Par­ity be­tween the Pound and the Euro. A much higher cost of liv­ing (£/€ ex­change rate has fallen by 25%). Re­duced choice of goods in our su­per­mar­kets. Higher cost of con­ti­nen­tal hol­i­days. Re­duced flights to Europe and air­fares more ex­pen­sive.

Loss of fi­nan­cial ser­vices lead­ing to higher costs to con­sumers. Lack of in­ter­na­tional con­fi­dence in the UK. Loss of in­vest­ment by com­pa­nies wish­ing to trade with Europe.

Loss of skilled Euro­pean labour which sup­port UK ser­vices.

A re­duc­tion in agri­cul­tural labour lead­ing to higher food costs.

Pos­si­ble ‘Goods and ser­vices’ trade deals with India, China and Ja­pan, African States, etc., in­volv­ing the free move­ment of peo­ple from those coun­tries.

How much ‘con­trol’ re­ally, will there be left to ‘take back’?

Is any money go­ing to be di­verted to sup­port the NHS?

Were we de­lib­er­ately mis­led by Boris, Michael, Liam, Peter and Nigel, et al? Is it a price worth pay­ing? Is it re­ally worth the pain? Is it too late to change our minds? Are our po­lit­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tives go­ing to set­tle for a ‘fake-it’ Brexit, or will they have the po­lit­i­cal courage to ad­mit that we are far bet­ter off within the Euro­pean Union?

As our French cousins would say, ‘Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose!’ – ‘The more it changes, the more it stays the same!’ Roger Jones Cabo Roig

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