Dev­as­tat­ing im­pact of leav­ing Euro­pean Union

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE -

200 years for 20 of­fend­ers may sound im­pres­sive, but in re­al­ity the sim­ple aver­age is 10 years per of­fender, pos­si­bly five years with what is deemed to be “good be­hav­iour”. For such an of­fence this ap­pears to be le­nient sen­tenc­ing. Al­bert Hall, ac­tor, Sir Tim Rice, lyri­cist Roland Em­merich, film di­rec­tor, Macken­zie Phillips, ac­tress, Ed­die Irvine, for­mer rac­ing driver Steve Brook­stein, singer, Eve, rap­per and pro­ducer, THERE are three mil­lion EU cit­i­zens liv­ing and work­ing in the UK.

They are work­ing as sur­geons, car­ers, nurses, cancer sci­en­tists, en­gi­neers, teach­ers, agri­cul­tural work­ers, and in the ser­vice sec­tor to name but a few.

In the main they are highly ed­u­cated. And be­tween 2000 and 2011, their net con­tri­bu­tion to the UK econ­omy was £20bn.

Since Brexit, th­ese peo­ple have been made to feel un­wanted, un­wel­come and un­der­val­ued.

The UK has a long and proud tra­di­tion of wel­com­ing peo­ple to our lands, es­pe­cially due to our colo­nial past, but also due to our sense of fair play and want­ing to treat peo­ple well.

One of the most un­der­min­ing as­pects of Brexit has been this change of cul­ture, the cre­ation of a ‘hos­tile en­vi­ron­ment’ and rise in hate crimes.

We should rightly be ashamed. Would we want the same for the one mil­lion UK cit­i­zens liv­ing abroad in Eu­rope?

Brexit is prov­ing to be a dis­as­ter for the UK in pretty much ev­ery as­pect of our lives.

But if we lose our EU col­leagues and friends, the im­pact on the NHS, on our uni­ver­si­ties, on our very com­mu­ni­ties will be dev­as­tat­ing.

Peo­ple are now be­gin­ning to un­der­stand the con­se­quences of the 2016 Ref­er­en­dum.

It is our demo­cratic right to vote again, to have a fi­nal say on what we want for our­selves, for our young peo­ple and for the sort of com­mu­ni­ties and work­places we want to in­habit. TO fol­low on from what David Gill’s let­ter said on Wed­nes­day re­gard­ing MP Mr Sheer­man’s town cen­tre walk­a­bout, that’s the sec­ond one he’s done to my knowl­edge.

The other one was with Liz Green from ra­dio Leeds.

Both were con­ducted early evening, 7pm-ish, ac­com­pa­nied by coun­cil of­fi­cials and po­lice all dressed in yel­low safety jack­ets.

What on earth did they think they were go­ing to dis­cover at that time, dressed like that?

Mup­pets, them!

I agree with David Gill, by all means take an­other stroll round but this time go nearer mid­night and NOT mob handed in yel­low jack­ets, just dressed like any­one else on a night out. I would be in­ter­ested to here what Mr Sheer­man has to say af­ter that walk­a­bout but I won’t hold my breath David Wag­ner we have the best chair­man and one of the best man­agers we have had in my time watch­ing town. I have watched them at the bot­tom of the old fourth divi­sion, see­ing them now in the best league in the world. I know which divi­sion I would rather see them in. Up the Town! John Car­son,

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