IT’S A NO BRAINERWE SHOULDVOTE LEAVE

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

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!

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