Sheffield owes us a lot

What are the two sides of the EU debate saying about the economic risks of staying or leaving?
What are the two sides of the EU debate saying about the economic risks of staying or leaving?
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Your piece in Saturday’s Star on the outcome of the EU referendum suggested that those who voted Remain should now bury their differences with the Leave camp. Why? It wasn’t a football match where the losers have to concede that the better team won, even if they were unhappy with one or two refereeing decisions.

To start with, the referendum was wholly unnecessary and was only called by David Cameron to enable him to buy off a number of his backbenchers and to neutralise the threat from UKIP.

He calculated that last year’s election would result in another coalition government and that his Lib Dem allies would block the referendum. Big mistake! Dodgy Dave will go down in history as the man who broke up the United Kingdom for reasons of personal ambition. Some epitaph for a Conservative and Unionist!

There used to be calls for a referendum on capital punishment, but the politicians resisted them.

We all know what the outcome of that would have been.

You have to wonder what the outcome would have been of a referendum on gay marriage.

Instead, we were given referenda which nobody wanted on electoral reform and Police and Crime Commissioners.

The EU referendum played into into the hands of racists and bigots, who were, I thought, grossly over-represented in your Letters Page.

People swallowed the lie that leaving the EU would enable the country to “get back control of its borders”. The fact is that the vast majority of people from other Member States come here to work and to support their families, not to claim benefits, as the right-wing press claims.

Who is responsible for them coming here? It is big business such as, for example, the supermarket chains who hire them because they want cheap labour to harvest the fruits of the land.

While the free movement of labour in the EU facilitates this, it is not the cause.

Who is to say that, after Brexit, they will not bring them from somewhere else?

I resent, especially, the suggestion that those who voted to leave the EU love their country and their city more than I do.

Like many Sheffielders, I am descended from immigrants and I believe that Sheffield owes a lot to the contribution that we have made to this city.

As a football fan, I am upset and ashamed that the England team has just lost to a country with a population smaller than that of Sheffield.

Maybe, however, it might wake some of us up to the fact that we are not as wonderful as we like to think.

Paul Kenny