De­bate grows over EU exit

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

THE bor­ough’s political heavy­weights have been hav­ing their say on whether Bri­tain should leave the Euro­pean Union.

A ref­er­en­dum on whether the UK should re­main a mem­ber will take place on June 23, giv­ing ev­ery­one the chance to vote.

We asked the town’s political rep­re­sen­ta­tives for their views on the hotly de­bated topic.

Coun Laura Jeuda, Labour coun­cil­lor for Mac­cles­field South, has said she will vote to stay in the EU when the ref­er­en­dum takes place in June. She said: “It’s just a huge dis­trac­tion, a smoke­screen for what’s re­ally hap­pen­ing in this coun­try. David Cameron has achieved noth­ing with his ne­go­ti­a­tions in Brus­sels other than an­tag­o­nis­ing 27 other coun­tries. I just don’t know how we’d man­age be­ing out of Europe. We need to think what we’d be giv­ing up - enor­mous in­vest­ment from over­seas, em­ploy­ment and pa­ter­nity rights.” Coun Rod Fletcher, leader of the Lib­eral Demo­crat Group, is also in favour of stay­ing in the EU.

He said: “I be­lieve we’re bet­ter off in Europe for safety and eco­nomic rea­sons. If some­one com­mit­ted a mur­der in Mac­cles­field then moved to Spain it would be much eas­ier to ex­tra­dite them back to the UK and try them here if we were still in the EU. Per­son­ally speak­ing, it’s also much cheaper hav­ing an E111 health in­sur­ance card on hol­i­day, I don’t think that would con­tinue if we left.”

But David Rut­ley, Con­ser­va­tive MP for Mac­cles­field, said he would re­view the de­tails and lis­ten to the views of res­i­dents be­fore ‘set­ting out his po­si­tion’. He added: “Since be­com­ing an MP I’ve worked hard for a re­set­tle­ment of the UK’s re­la­tion­ship with the EU and for other EU re­forms.

“I’ve met par­lia­men­tar­i­ans in coun­tries in­clud­ing Ger­many, Den­mark, the Nether­lands, Spain and Poland and worked as the par­lia­men­tary aide for the Europe Min­is­ter.

“I’m now re­view­ing the de­tails and will lis­ten to the views of res­i­dents and busi­nesses be­fore set­ting out my po­si­tion on the ref­er­en­dum.”

And Rachel Bai­ley, leader of the Cheshire East Con­ser­va­tive group who is in line to be the next coun­cil leader, said that she did not wish to com­ment on the is­sue un­til she had dis­cussed it with the Con­ser­va­tive group.

You must be on the elec­toral reg­is­ter to be el­i­gi­ble to vote. Once reg­is­tered, you can vote on the day at an of­fi­cial polling sta­tion on June 23.

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