What will re­place EU sup­port?

Harefield Gazette - - YOUR SAY -

MY own home county, Corn­wall, has just had good news from the EU: the cur­rent Euro­pean Struc­tural & In­vest­ment ESI, which ben­e­fits both peo­ple and the en­vi­ron­ment, will still be cov­ered un­til 2020; ie after the gov­ern­ment’s planned exit from the EU next March.

Corn­wall is not alone in get­ting this sup­port - but what will re­place it? We now know that the so-called ‘Brexit div­i­dend’ is a myth, so Mother May’s cup­board is go­ing to be bare.

The Leave side promised a raft of ben­e­fits which have dwin­dled to noth­ing; and the world is now fac­ing ma­jor trade wars. Our ‘clos­est ally’, the USA, is led by a pres­i­dent for whom ‘ally’ has lit­tle mean­ing, as Canada, Mex­ico and Tur­key have found out.

Lead­ing Brex­iters boast about ‘com­plet­ing the Thatcherite rev­o­lu­tion’. Read­ers may re­call this dec­i­mated much of the UK’s man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try and that the main ben­e­fi­cia­ries were the fi­nan­cial sec­tor and for­eign owned con­glom­er­ates.

Boris John­son’s “F**k busi­ness” ut­ter­ance tells us a lot. UK work­ers have noth­ing to lose but their sup­ply chains. Com­plet­ing Thatcher’s rev­o­lu­tion might ben­e­fit the ex­ist­ing fat cats but it is not go­ing to help the ‘left be­hind’.

As the facts and im­pli­ca­tions have emerged, the gen­eral mood across the UK has swung to­wards Re­main.

The lead­ers of both the Con­ser­va­tive and Labour par­ties have so far cho­sen to ignore this, but there are grow­ing num­bers of coura­geous MPs who are de­fy­ing the lead­er­ship. They de­serve our sup­port. Name and ad­dress sup­plied

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