EU debate '“ reliable information is hard to come by

Oli Poole (Business, April 14) calls for trustworthy information on the great EU debate, but realistically this is hard to come by.

Monday, 25th April 2016, 7:09 am

Statistics can be used to prove almost anything and the international situation changes almost daily.

Some facts though are incontrovertible. We pay large sums of money to the EU, which we could otherwise spend as we wish. Anyone with an EU passport has an absolute right to come here and claim benefits.

These include child benefit, even to children not living here and student loans, half of which will never be repaid.

This would come to an end if we left. Outside the EU, we would still belong to NATO, the World Trade Organisation, the United Nations, the G7 group of countries and the Commonwealth, so would hardly be isolated.

No one knows what trade deals would be negotiated but it is inconceivable that other European countries would refuse to trade with us as we are good customers for many of their goods. Nor are Norway or Switzerland good indicators as we have a much bigger economy, world connections and a language which is widely spoken. By reclaiming our own seat at the World Trade Organisation, we would also be free to make our own trade deals with the rest of the world.

Our fishing waters would be returned to our own jurisdiction thus reviving our fishing industry. We could ban exports of live animals.

These are just a few of the benefits of Brexit.

M Lees

Granville Road


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