BREXIT: Full effects are yet to be felt

I agree with Richard Spotwood that the EU could be more democratic (Northumberland Gazette, March 1).

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 24th March 2018, 10:30 am

That is why I support organisations like Democracy In Europe Movement 25 (DIEM25) whose aim is to have a democratic Europe by 2025.

Wanting to see a more democratic European Union does not mean I wish to Leave the EU. Rather, I want my country to Remain and work with like-minded democrats to change the procedures and give the populations of member states more representation and hold politicians accountable.

It is, however, disingenuous to claim that the Commission works against member states, particularly the UK. The Commission consists of one member from each country, one of whom is elected president by the heads of state of each member country.

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The Commission, like cabinet government, debates, negotiates and then votes on EU policy.

Since 1999 the UK voted for the EU laws 95 per cent of the time, abstained three per cent of the time, and against two per cent of the time. Nothing was imposed by an undemocratic “merry band of men” as all EU laws were debated and voted upon by all member states, including the UK.

I disagree that the opinion polls have not changed since the referendum as I understand that there is a swing towards regretting the decision to Leave.

The major economic effects have yet to be felt in full. The Government’s own figures state that the UK will be worse off whatever Brexit option is taken.

The return of many EU nationals is depleting the NHS and care services. Farmers are struggling to find non-EU workers.

When the full impact is felt it is likely that the opinion polls will move further against Brexit. What then? What should be the democratic response?

Geoff Hoskin,