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There are two sides to every story, Veronica Hardstaff presents only one, (Letters May 9).

I wonder if Veronica realises there is a world beyond that of foreign travel and student exchanges? A world in which many people are experiencing unemployment, uncertain working conditions, homelessness, dependence on charity, the State and suffering the ultimate indignity of visiting a food bank as a result of austerity measures imposed by the EU. Where public services are being destroyed and sick and vulnerable people suffering as a result of their privatisation agenda. Where people of all races are being shunted around the world in the name of integration, communities becoming divided, crime rife. Is this the world we want to leave to the next generation?

Sadly, the Social Europe promised many years ago in order to draw us in has failed to materialise.

Veronica’s claims that the EU has kept the peace within Europe for 70 years can be disputed, records showing that the NATO Alliance and presence of America in Western Europe, through 40 years of Cold War, had done exactly that. Indeed, Chris Bickerton (Department of International Relations) claims the EU has ‘created divisions and cemented older ones’ as competition rages within the Eurozone, pitting nation against nation and creating a fragile peace.

It is also claimed that the EU’s peacekeeping abilities on its war-torn external borders are ‘poor’ and although offering humanitarian aid, imposing sanctions etc it relies on the military strength of NATO and other organisations for support.

On trade. It seems that, pre-EU membership, we had a small trading surplus with the original six members. After joining we are said to have had a cumulative trade deficit with European partners of millions of pounds leading one commentator to state, “without the surpluses earned from trading and investing elsewhere in the world, we should long since have gone bankrupt”.

Against the terms of the British Constitution, Edward Heath took us into the EEC without consulting the British people, leading many to question the legality of our entry. Hence the 1975 referendum when, in order to correct this, the public were asked ‘Do you want to remain in the EEC?’

Did anybody then expect the EEC to morph into the dictatorial EU with its mountains of rules, regulations and intention to wrest power from governments and therefore the people? To create a Single European State, European Parliament and Court of Justice able to over-rule our own laws?

Mary Steele

Deerlands Avenue, Parson Cross, S5