IT’S A NO BRAINERWE SHOULDVOTE LEAVE
DAVID G MEACOCK Chalfont St Peter THE single fact in Mr Ansell’s otherwise abusive response to my father nonetheless reinforces his key point (Letters, June 16) that those who made the ultimate sacrifice in WW2 did so ‘to protect democracy’.
Democracy is the bottom line. Who rules us: unelected EU Commissioners who have just humiliated the UK Chancellor by rejecting his recent Budget’s proposed abolition of the women’s sanitary products’ EU luxuries’ tax (yep, they regard these products as luxuries!), or do we want our democratically elected politicians making such decisions, unhindered, themselves – whom we can directly re-elect or vote out?
For those still undecided, isn’t it significant that Lord (David) Owen who while Foreign Secretary actually negotiated with his EU partners, and who resigned from Wilson’s cabinet because of Wilson’s lack of enthusiasm about the European project, is now a prominent Vote Leave campaigner?
Significant for Lord Owen is that the EU isn’t working – literally.
The EU has a general unemployment rate of 10.2%, double the UK’s 5.1%. Compared with the UK’s youth (adults aged 18-25) unemployment rate of 13%, we see a horrific 25% in France, 40% in soon to be declared bust Italy, and 50% in Spain and Greece.
So, with the continued nonnegotiable freedom of movement principle, what might that do to the UK youth unemployment figures?
How does remaining in the EU giving grants to Cadbury and other companies to move their UK manufacturing elsewhere help UK jobs? As for playing a part in the world, as we can’t be at both, do we want to remain at the table which deals with only 20% of world trade (1980’s 40%, 2037 projected to be 10%) or leave the EU to be at the World Trading Organisation table dealing with 100%? For me this choice is a no brainer! VOTE LEAVE!