Leaving EU would hit export industry

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In response to Mr Storey’s letter ‘In or Out’, (Letters, May 28) I would like to clarify that the words plebiscite and referendum are interchangeable in the English language as both refer to the electorate being involved in a direct vote in a matter of constitutional importance.

The wording of the 1975 referendum was:

“Do you think the United Kingdom should stay in the European Community(common market)?’ Yes or No.

The reason for the referendum was that the Tories under Edward Heath had taken the UK into the EC and the Labour manifesto offered the electorate the opportunity, through a referendum, to say whether they wished to remain in the EC or not. The electorate chose to remain in the EC.

This meant we were part of a Free Trade area, with no tariffs on UK exports to Europe.

The contradictions in the UKIP argument is that they want free trade but would put us outside of a tariff-free zone which is of vital importance to our export industry.

This area has suffered at the hands of free trade which decimated the mining industry because we could not compete with coal being imported from Colombia, the USA and Australia. So presumably UKIP does not believe that we should protect our indigenous industries? Try telling that to the former miners and their families.

Finally, as to UKIP always telling the truth, Nigel Farage said he would resign as leader of UKIP if he failed to win Thanet South at the general election. What a farce that turned out to be. At least Clegg and Miliband did the honourable thing and resigned.

Bob Gilbert

Towcester Way, Manor Vale, Mexborough, South Yorkshire, S64

Hollande and Merkel have agreed a secret deal tightening their grip on the EU with no treaty change.

This is our first chance in 40 years to vote on the corrupt EU.

Euroscepticism is now a priority for ‘left behind’ working class voters who have been betrayed by Labours’ blind support of Brussels.

New figures from the Office of National Statistics show Britain is trading less with Europe, and more with emerging economies around the globe.

This confirms a long-running trend of the EU’s declining importance to world trade and proves Britain can flourish on the global stage, outside the EU.

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