With reference to the letter by Joel Kemp relating to the EU referendum.
I would like to offer if I may, the following response:
He begins by saying that Nigel Farage wants to take us back to an ‘imaginary golden age’.
Anyone with a grasp of our history would know that the golden age to which he refers, was not imaginary but real.
That said, I’m sure no one, Nigel Farage included, seriously believes we can recreate some kind of 1950 type utopia.
Next he turns his attention to Boris Johnson, who comes in for criticism for apparently not knowing which side to support and then settling in favour of the Brexit camp.
This though is just a normal decision making process.
However, Boris Johnson has no option but to go through this process in the glare of the media spotlight.
The sub-plot of course being the implications to his ongoing political career.
So I feel he should be applauded for being principled enough to stand by his convictions.
With respect to the question of ongoing trade with the EU, should the nation vote to leave.
It’s worth noting that we export more to the rest of the world than to the EU, 44.6 per cent in 2014 (source Office for National Statistics) and that exports to the EU have been in decline since 1999.
Predicted to fall to below 40 per cent by 2018 if current trends continue (source The Telegraph).
In answer to the (rhetorical) question: “Do you really think our nation of 60 million consumers could negotiate a better trade deal?” Well frankly yes.
Simply put the EU needs us more than we need them.
They particularly like the £350m we give them each week!
To make a comparison with the Canadian free trade agreement is misleading.
Mainly as this is effectively a new agreement.
Whereas we have existing agreements in place, which would merely require retuning post Brexit.
The message from businesses of all sizes to remain in the EU is not as resounding as Mr Kemp would want us to believe – 250 business leaders have just added their support to Brexit, saying: “Continued EU membership harms the UK’s economic prospects.” (source The Guardian).
Add into the equation that 80 per cent of new laws are forced on us by the EU.
At a time of grave national security we have no control of our borders.
You can see why, for the sake of future generations I would encourage your readers, to vote with me to leave the EU.
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