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Macclesfield Express - - EU REFERENDUM -

ADRIAN HOWARD, FOR­MER UKIP CAN­DI­DATE FOR MAC­CLES­FIELD

IN this EU ref­er­en­dum the im­mi­gra­tion ar­gu­ment is a sim­ple one of sup­ply and de­mand, an over sup­ply of any prod­uct, ser­vice or in this case peo­ple will force down wages and the great­est pres­sure falls on the low­est paid. Where short­ages ex­ist, where skills are in short sup­ply wages will rise, this is in­dis­putable.

Cur­rent an­nual EU net im­mi­gra­tion is 184,000, cre­at­ing an over sup­ply of work­ers and greater com­pe­ti­tion for Bri­tish peo­ple’s jobs here, in­creased pres­sure on our wages, pro­mo­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties, GP ap­point­ments, NHS ser­vices and short­ages of other public ser­vices.

The same com­pe­ti­tion is be­ing im­ported for our chil­dren, for their school places, their GP and hos­pi­tal ap­point­ments, fu­ture train­ing and job op­por­tu­ni­ties. Where skill short­ages ex­ist we must train our own peo­ple first not rush to im­port ready made em­ploy­ees, when our young peo­ple are cry­ing out for nurse train­ing we must train them. We can­not ac­cept open bor­ders for­ever and I SUP­PORT Vote Leave. Why?

The orig­i­nal com­mon mar­ket was a good idea but what is not right is the EU’s abil­ity to im­pose leg­is­la­tion on us that may not be ap­pro­pri­ate, or wanted.

Clas­sic ex­am­ple: There was a sweet trol­ley and cheese­board in my ho­tel. Euro­pean leg­is­la­tion stated that these were no longer hy­gienic and should be re­frig­er­ated. Be­ing law abid­ing cit­i­zens we pur­chased the equip­ment.

Later on that year I was trav­el­ling in France and was pre­sented with a very ripe cheese­board at din­ner. I asked the waiter why he was al­lowed to do this when Euro­pean rules say we couldn’t. His re­sponse? ‘Pah’ ac­com­pa­nied by a Gaelic shrug of his shoul­ders!

The UK has a spirit of fol­low­ing rules but when the rest of the team don’t share the phi­los­o­phy it makes for an un­bal­anced and, mainly, un­work­able li­ai­son.

Other is­sues are im­mi­gra­tion; trade deals; farm­ers’ CAP;

BRAD SNELLING, PRO­MOTER OF MAC­CLES­FIELD’S DEAD GOOD DAY OUT AND WINTERFEST FES­TI­VALS

WE are not vot­ing to leave Europe. We are vot­ing to leave a po­lit­i­cal union which is grad­u­ally be­com­ing the United States of Europe.

Is this a good thing? When we voted to be­come part of the EEC it was all about ‘free trade’. Now we have an un­elected pres­i­dent of the Euro­pean Union among other things.

Does any­one re­ally be­lieve that a vote to leave Europe would spell the end for Bri­tain? We are the fifth largest econ­omy in the world.

Short term, while trade ne­go­ti­a­tions take place, may see this change but long term we would be free to trade with whomever we see fit and who would best ben­e­fit the UK, not France or Ger­many. We would still be a mem­ber of the G7.

I’ve heard and read count­less scare­mon­ger­ing ar­ti­cles about our se­cu­rity be­ing at risk. The last time I looked, we were (and still are) a per­ma­nent mem­ber of NATO and one of only nine coun­tries to pos­sess a nu­clear arse­nal. NATO are obliged to as­sist should we ever re­quire it. We are and would re­main a mem­ber of In­ter­pol, along with the other 190 mem­bers so we would still be shar­ing in­tel­li­gence which would as­sist se­cu­rity in the UK.

None of the above will cease in the event of a vote to leave.

The ques­tion is re­ally about whether or not the peo­ple of the United King­dom have the strength to be­lieve that we will be just fine with­out the po­lit­i­cal strings at­tached to be­ing a mem­ber of the Euro­pean Union. I be­lieve we do have that strength, which is why I am vot­ing out on June 23.

CHARLES DAVIES, CHAIR­MAN OF UKIP MAC­CLES­FIELD BRANCH

I AM a 69-year-old re­tired pro­fes­sional en­gi­neer and have been dis­trust­ful of the EU (Com­mon Mar­ket) since it first be­came a subject for dis­cus­sion in the 1960s, al­though I did vote to re­main in the 1975 ref­er­en­dum be­cause I be­lieved, and still do, in close trad­ing links with our friends in Europe.

It was when the truth came out in 2001, un­der the 30-year rule, that I re­alised that the EU is an anti demo­cratic au­thor­i­tar­ian regime and that I had been lied to by suc­ces­sive gov­ern­ments.

I re­gard this ref­er­en­dum as the last chance for the peo­ple of our coun­try to re­gain our na­tion­al­ity, sovereignty and democ­racy and the man­ner that the govern­ment has con­ducted it­self as ab­so­lutely ap­palling.

No peo­ple of a demo­cratic na­tion should be treated in this con­temp­tu­ous man­ner by a govern­ment and es­tab­lish­ment that have con­sis­tently lied through their teeth.

If, as I hope, the peo­ple vote to leave the EU, there has got to be a reck­on­ing with Messrs Cameron and Os­borne re­moved from par­lia­ment and steps taken to pre­vent such abuses be­ing car­ried out ever again.

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