Veronica Hardstaff makes quite a few good points on the advantages of being in the EU.
Yes we can now travel throughout mainland Europe, crossing borders to and fro.
Great, but given the recent troubles in Calais, I probably think that many will be thinking that a minority use this to their advantage.
I agree that we can go to other countries in the EU to get jobs or study.
I probably think that most British people who move to another EU country have already got the job they want in that country, and all is fine.
But we and many other northern EU countries have a very serious problem.
Many people from poorer EU countries use the freedom of movement to arrive on our shores, sometimes without a job.
I’m not saying all, but it has been proven that many come without a secure job.
I live very close to Page Hall, and have seen what mass immigration has done to this area, in a very short time.
We are unable to regulate immigration from EU countries.
I know many Brits also live in other EU countries, but I very much doubt that immigration from Britain, France, Germany and many other Northern EU countries is in such high numbers.
Already there has been a statement from a minister in Poland saying the mass exodus of skilled people from his country is starting to bite as they have less skilled workers there.
We have seen what happens when you join less developed countries such as Greece, Spain and Portugal to a single market.
They cannot compete with us, France and Germany.
How much more money will it take to get Greece out of the rut it is in now?
Of course we have to consider that some companies may move to another EU country if we left.
But we also have to weigh up how much money we pay per year to be part of a club where our own politicians and Parliament are becoming more and more defunct.
Veronica states that we joined a Common Market of Trade. That sounds pretty good.
I can imagine when we voted to join it, many people thought it was a good idea.
Indeed it is, but then why has a common market turned into a soon to be United States of Europe.
Why must every law the EU makes, such as no bend in a cucumber or how much sugar is in our jam, be implemented?
What on earth has the power in our vacuum cleaners got to do with trade?
We trade with Australia, New Zealand, China, USA and so many more.
Yet we are not ruled by any of these countries, we don’t have freedom of movement with these countries.
We have many people emigrate to Australia, somebody I know actually.
But they had to find a job, find somewhere to live and swear an oath to that country.
Why must our country flood with people who often move on to other EU countries when they feel like and we can do nothing about it?
And yet our Government has just announced that students from outside the EU have to go back home for a certain period when they have finished their degree before they can come back to apply for a job.
Veronca states that we shouldn’t destabilise our continent by leaving.
She states that “in the present world, it makes no sense that we should just be running our own affairs in our own interest.
Why not? We can still trade with Europe if we left.
Will all the European companies tell us we can’t buy any of their products?
Considering that we import more from the EU, than we export, I think they need us more than we need them.
Yes there would be some rules we would have to follow, but it seems to work for Norway, Switzerland and Iceland.
Otherwise why have they not joined the EU yet?
There are many things I agree with in regards to Veronica’s letter.
But one thing I truly believe is that we should be free of the shackles of Brussels and deal with our own affairs, with close links and cooperation with the EU
It is possible.
Not every country in the world is in the EU.