Don’t waste vi­tal money on EU vote

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I AM a Dan­ish MEP can­di­date and I have to say to Bri­tain: don’t waste tax­pay­ers’ money on the EU elec­tions. With the ex­ten­sion of Brexit un­til the end of Oc­to­ber, the Brits will likely have to vote in the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment elec­tions later this month. But why not ex­tend the pe­riod of ser­vice of cur­rent Bri­tish MEPs by a cou­ple of months, in­stead of squan­der­ing money on an­other vote? The cost of hold­ing the last Euro­pean Par­lia­ment elec­tions, in 2014, was around £108 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to govern­ment fig­ures. Think about how many nurses and teach­ers you could em­ploy for that. Wouldn’t it be smarter to spend the money on hos­pi­tals and schools, rather than wast­ing it on elect­ing politi­cians who will not be able to do any good (or bad) be­fore they have to leave the EU Par­lia­ment? Given that the EU Par­lia­ment starts work again at the end of Au­gust, af­ter the sum­mer break, the 73 Bri­tish MEPs you elect in May will have a max­i­mum of two months of ef­fec­tive work be­fore be­ing kicked out when the UK leaves the EU in Oc­to­ber at the lat­est. That is a mock­ery of democ­racy. Hold­ing the elec­tions will hin­der and de­lay the EU from get­ting on with the im­por­tant chal­lenges fac­ing Europe, such as fight­ing cli­mate change and adopt­ing a new EU bud­get. The Bri­tish MEPs com­ing and go­ing will desta­bilise the EU Par­lia­ment and no one will know which majority can adopt which solutions. That is why my ad­vice to you, my fel­low Euro­peans, is to can­cel the Euro­pean elec­tions and hold on to your cur­rent MEPs for a cou­ple of months.

NIELS FUGLSANG, Aarhus, Den­mark. WRAPPED up in our Brexit frenzy, the real im­por­tance of the EU elec­tions is be­ing mostly ig­nored. There is ev­ery chance we will stay in the EU, or at least re­main rep­re­sented in the EU Par­lia­ment, un­til Oc­to­ber 31. The UK is ap­par­ently go­ing to elect as MEPs a co­hort of Brex­i­teers who not only have no re­gard for the EU, but ac­tively want to dis­rupt it. This is ir­re­spon­si­ble and a nega­tion of demo­cratic val­ues. Over the next five years, there will be sig­nif­i­cant ques­tions of EU re­form of vi­tal im­por­tance to the UK, whether we are in or out. It is des­per­ately im­por­tant that we elect re­spon­si­ble rep­re­sen­ta­tives. These would in­clude Con­ser­va­tives, but not can­di­dates from Ukip or the Brexit Party. This coun­try may have voted to leave the EU, but we did not vote to de­stroy it. HUGH LEGGE, Northamp­ton.

Ad­vice from Den­mark: Niels Fuglsang

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