BREXIT: Optimistic for the future

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I look forward to meeting Angels for the EU and discussing my hopes and fears, (Northumberland Gazette, June 29).

On June 5, 1975 I voted to remain in the Common Market. I was 18 years and five days old and have regretted the decision almost all my adult life.

Disillusionment started with the wine lakes and butter mountains of the Common Agricultural Policy, now partly reformed, but still consuming 40 per cent of the EU budget. That’s a staggering €50billion on farm support, mostly going to large landowners.

Then came federalism, driven by an unelected and unaccountable European elite. I could go on.

On June 23, 2016, I and 17,410,741 others voted to leave the EU on a turnout of 72 per cent, with a majority of 1,269,501.

The principal reasons for voting Leave were, firstly, sovereignty. An unelected Commission of 28 members initiates all EU law. The Parliament, of which UK representation is only 10 per cent, can only amend Commission proposals.

Secondly, we pay something like £10billion per year net to the EU while 17 member states are net recipients.

Thirdly, to control our borders introduce a fair immigration system, and for our own security. Surely it is one of the first duties of a Government to control who enters the country?

Organisations that campaign for a second referendum choose to ignore the wish of the electorate expressed on June 23, presumably on the basis that they know better.

Well let me tell you that you do not know better. The EU is undemocratic, bureaucratic and profligate.

I am optimistic and positive about our future outside the EU. We will have the opportunity to renew and establish alliances and trading arrangements with the other 500 countries of the world.

And, of course, we are leaving the EU, we are not leaving Europe. We can maintain our close links with individual European countries.

We prospered before and will continue to prosper.

In 20 years time we will look back on June 23 and breathe a huge sigh of relief, just as we do now, having not joined the Euro; and by then be £200billion better off as a consequence.

Richard Spotwood,

Hillside East,

Rothbury