Is the EU compatible to our own needs?

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I am writing in response to Ronald Hardy’s letter stating that it would be idiotic to leave the EU. Now I do agree that businesses and jobs might be affected if we leave and some companies may want to move to Eastern Europe. David Cameron has stated that if he doesn’t get the negotiations he wants, (which he won’t), he doesn’t rule out suggesting we leave. He also states that if we leave, it would be dangerous to have a Norwegian style relationship with the EU.

So how does he expect us to cooperate with Europe if we leave. Because even though I will vote in the referendum for us to leave, I realize that we also still need to have a trade deal with the EU. I personally don’t think it would be idiotic for us to be outside the EU. Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, San Marino, and Monaco are not part of the EU. Some such as San Marino and Monaco even use the Euro, and still they strike up their own relationship with the EU. They may not have a say, but they are not inundated with laws and demands form Brussels.

My problem is we are in a damned if you do and damned if you don’t situation. If we leave, the whole world is going to crumble under our feet, or at least that is what the Pro-EU people say. But if we carry on in the situation we are in, as a member of the EU, our sovereignty is going to be eroded bit by bit.

We joined a common market, that has now turned into a rule making dictatorship. And are we as much of an active member of the EU as the government tells us we are? We are not part of the Schengen Area, and the EU zone. Whenever we are told by Brussels to do something we don’t want, such as the controversial votes for prisoners, majority of the British public and indeed most of the MPs say no.

Now I am not going to bore everybody reading with a long monologue on immigration. So let’s talk about the Freedom of Movement clause in our EU membership instead. Our government is cutting it’s spending, or ‘spending within its means’ as Corbyn puts it. But if a country is to live within its means, that should also include the amount of people coming here. Our industry and banking is also met with red tape that we do not have a say on. And that is my whole point. In the EU we don’t have a say in our own affairs. I admit that leaving the EU doesn’t come without risks, but with the EU economy in stagnation and our own economy on the up, perhaps we need to way up to what membership means and whether it is still compatible with our own needs.

Matthew Hobson

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