TIME TO STOPWRITING BREXIT LETTERS
IN his letter to you, Mr Meacock exaggerates the meaning of the outcome of the referendum: the majority voted to leave the EU, no more, no less.
The closest we had to a formal manifesto from the leave campaign was a promise written on a red bus to spend an extra £350 million per week on the NHS.
I was astonished that our normally level-headed population could vote for something so unspecific but they did (though not, I’m pleased to say, in Chiltern) and, as a consequence, we must wait and see what the government can negotiate for our country and our future prosperity.
In addition to the promised £350 million per week for the NHS, those who voted leave, including my MP, Mrs Gillan, have also caused us to incur massive additional costs – lawyers, civil servants, consultants, etc – in order to extricate us from the EU and to set up agreements that will allow us to continue to trade with our neighbours and elsewhere. I have written to Mrs Gillan asking for her understanding of these costs to no avail but recent press reports put it in the billions.
Leave campaigners were passionate in their support for this unplanned and uncosted experiment so may I suggest that it would be appropriate for them to offer to pay, say, £1,000 additional tax each year towards the administrative cost and the promised £350 million per week?
So come on leave voters, you won; it’s time to stop writing letters and articles and put your money where your vote went. After all, as we were told so often in the campaign, national sovereignty is more important than mere money.