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In your letters page, The Star, March 5, you published two very lengthy letters, from NP Johnson and Veronica Hardstaff respectively, defending the EU and suggesting that the UK would be wise to remain in that body.

It was accepted that NATO has played a significant part in keeping the peace in Europe since 1945, but it was also suggested that the EU has played its part.

There can be no doubt that a nation is much less likely to go to war with its neighbours if they have treaties and trading links.

We had these when we were all in the EEC.

However it was not, and is not, necessary to surrender all national sovereignty and join a United States of Europe to remain at peace, and make no mistake a USE is where the EU is heading.

South Yorkshire has indeed benefited from EU grants, but please bear in mind that the money that the EU gives us back is but a fraction of the money we pay in, as one of the few EU net contributors – this involves paying more in than is returned.

Wouldn’t it be simpler to cut out the journey from taxpayer to Treasury to Brussels and just invest the money directly?

For many years, in the audit reports on EU spending, the EU Court of Auditors has reported significant errors in the budget – hardly reassuring.

UK governments have been passing workers’ rights in UK law for most of the last century, and the rights passed in the EU are now enshrined in UK law where they will remain.

We elect UK governments to protect us.

Passing laws to do so is their job, and voting to stay in a failing EU because you don’t like Tories is hardly a good reason.

Post Brexit, UK citizens who live in the EU, and EU nationals living in the EU, will have protected residence rights as set out in the Vienna Convention of the Law of Treaty, (1969).

The EU has two problems that it can never resolve and which, irrespective of what we decide on June 23, may well lead to its demise.

One is that the Greek government can never pay their debts, and the German government will never dare to agree to write them off.

The other is that the EU will never be able to secure its external borders so each nation will, inevitably, secure their own and, as Commission president Mr Juncker says – when Schengen fails the euro will fail. If the euro fails so will the EU.

One final point is that if we vote to remain, as one of the nine non-eurozone countries we will always be outvoted by the other 19.

Vote to Leave.

Mick Andrews

Thorne Road, Doncaster, DN2