Trig­ger Brexit im­me­di­ately

The Oban Times - - Letters -

Sir,

Since the vote to leave the EU our econ­omy, which all the ‘ex­perts’ in­clud­ing the IMF and po­lit­i­cal lead­ers around the world were telling us would by now be on the verge of col­lapse, has taken off like an ever-ac­cel­er­at­ing rocket.

Even Chan­cel­lor Philip Ham­mond has been forced to ad­mit the ‘re­main­ers’ were wrong over it.

The lat­est boosts an­nounced are that Glaxo Smith Kline has said it is in­vest­ing £275 mil­lion in the UK, ex­pan­sion at Lon­don City Air­port is cre­at­ing an­other 1,600 jobs and food chain McDon­alds is plan­ning to add a 5,000 peo­ple to its work­force.

In a boost to agri­cul­ture, the USA has said that al­though EU beef is banned there, it will start tak­ing Bri­tish beef again.

Mean­while, Ger­many has be­come the lat­est EU state to con­sider its po­si­tion as de­mands mount for hold­ing an in or out ref­er­en­dum of its own, trig­gered by the coun­try be­ing re­duced to the edge of panic over con­tin­u­ing ter­ror­ist out­rages and calls for An­gela Merkel’s res­ig­na­tion grow ever louder.

The EU’s eco­nomic af­fairs com­mis­sioner has backed down from ‘fin­ing’ Por­tu­gal and Spain over their deep­en­ing debts, not be­cause it would make the sit­u­a­tion worse but be­cause ‘sanc­tions would not have been un­der­stood by the pub­lic’.

In essence, such fines would lead to a pub­lic, al­ready pushed to the limit by our EU (mis) lead­ers, over­flow­ing into re­volt. France is next in line for sanc­tions over debt.

De­spite all this, we still have peo­ple writ­ing to the news­pa­pers de­mand­ing a re-run of the ref­er­en­dum which could put our re­cov­ery at risk and plunge us back into the heart of all these EU trou­bles.

The vote, which al­most cer­tainly would see the de­mand for Brexit rise far above the level it reached in June, would sow un­cer­tainty in coun­tries around the world as to our po­si­tion and might plunge our na­tion into depths of eco­nomic re­ces­sion not seen since the 1930s – just as it has sta­bilised and is fast re­cov­er­ing. It’s time the re­main­ers woke up to the re­al­ity of the sit­u­a­tion.

The sooner Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May trig­gers Brexit and un­leashes the full po­ten­tial of our coun­try, long held back by EU mem­ber­ship, the bet­ter. She re­ally must tell us why she con­tin­ues to de­lay, de­spite a clear in­struc­tion from the elec­torate to get on with the job.

Gor­don J Ste­wart, Macken­zie Place, Avoch.

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