Following David Cameron’s speech regarding our future role in the European Union, it is necessary to examine the facts and establish whether the benefits of staying in outweigh the disadvantages, which in my opinion they do not.
In 1975 the people of this country voted in a referendum as to whether they wished Great Britain to remain in what was then the Common Market.
This resulted in a majority vote for staying in, as when we originally joined we were led to believe by Edward Heath that this arrangement was purely for trading purposes.
However, what we were not told was that the EU would develop into a bureaucratic nightmare which removes power from the peoples of Europe, including Great Britain.
This devastating blow for democracy meant that major decisions which affect the future of our country and every aspect of our lives would no longer be decided in our parliament, but policies would now be dictated by an unelected body of people in Brussels.
If the politicians responsible for this betrayal of our country had lived a few centuries ago they would have been incarcerated in the Tower of London for treason.
By surrendering these powers it ensured that this country would no longer be able to govern itself and for this “privilege” the EU has become a stranglehold which is costing this country £50 million per day.
There are many scare stories saying that if we leave the EU it will adversely affect jobs and trade, but only around 42 per cent of Britain’s trade goes to the EU and we are trading increasingly with the rest of the world.
Will David Cameron honour the pledge he made in his speech by holding an in/out referendum on our EU membership in 2017, or is it just empty rhetoric?
We know full well that both the Conservatives and Labour have many times reneged on their promise to let the people decide on this issue.
Mr Cameron said: “It is time for the British people to have their say,” but we need to do that now – not in four years when, if there is a change of government, his pledge will be worthless.
It is interesting to note that the great Winston Churchill was opposed to further integration with Europe and once stated: “If Britain has to choose between Europe and the open sea, she must always choose the open sea”.
Susan Richardson, Westminster Crescent, Lodge Moor, Sheffield S10