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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