I am pleased Mr Hepplewhite responded to my letter on the downside of Britain remaining in the EU.
I firmly believe Britain has the right to protect its borders and that our Parliament has the right to decide our laws.
Mr Hepplewhite’s reply is based on the effect it would have on companies such as Nissan. His concern is understandable. However, as Nissan is a world beating car manufacturer with a highly skilled workforce, it is hardly likely to transfer to continental Europe.
The following points are answers to the misgivings expressed by Mr Hepplewhite.
1. Regarding current trade between the EU and the UK, imports from Europe to Britain are greater than what we export to Europe and a great part of Britain’s trade to the EU is shipped on to the rest of the world, including cars from Nissan.
2. Leaving the EU would free firms from the burdens of EU regulations which stifle their operations. Another fact is that 90% of the UK’s economy is not involved in trading with the EU. The general opinion of economic thought is that getting rid of EU regulations would create a million jobs in this country.
3. Regarding protecting consumers rights, these would be safeguarded when a UK Bill of Rights is constituted. The current European Bill of Human Rights is not part of the EU, however, it would be scrapped and a new Human Rights Act would be formulated. The current ECHR allows people who have contravened British laws to remain in this country even though they have committed serious offences.
4. Britain is still a robust protector of tackling climate change, without despoiling the skyline with thousands of Wind turbines, which according to experts are inefficient and insignificant.
5. The claim that being a member of the EU brought peace to Europe is incorrect. It was Nato, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, that discouraged the Soviet Union from steamrolling through Germany to the English channel during the ‘Cold War’ years.
6. Contrary to Mr Hepplewhite’s contention that Britain’s membership in the EU allows us to ‘punch above our weight”, I believe Britain still has a huge influence on the world stage, and still will if we decide to leave the EU.
This country will not be ‘a spent force’. Why would the United States and many other countries in the world invest here, and if we are so inconsequential why does Europe still want us in?
Coun George Howe,