Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION - DEREK SMITH

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.

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