Firstly, I would like to correct Bryan Eberli’s assertion that I want to ‘keep out refugees’.
In my letter dated May 27, I didn’t actually comment one way or the other but contrasted our elected government’s policy with that of Germany’s and pointed out the much larger number of refugees who were accepted by Germany last year would automatically have the right to come here when they obtain European citizenship.
My point was to demonstrate our government’s lack of control over the matter, not to make judgement. I believe our country needs immigration but not unlimited immigration.
We have absolutely no idea how many EU migrants there will be this year or next because we have no control over the matter and consequently our schools, hospitals, prisons, and social services have no idea how to plan ahead.
Both sides of the campaign ignore the cost and social impact of unemployment in their cost of EU membership calculations.
Stephen Hardy correctly points out that roughly half of the net immigration recorded last year came from outside of the EU but that shouldn’t surprise anyone given that 93 per cent of the world’s population lives outside of the EU.
It shouldn’t surprise Mr Hardy that he hears different opinions from people who want Brexit because, like the Remain campaign, Vote Leave enjoys the support of people from all political parties and people who have no political allegiance.
David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn won’t even share the same platform so that’s not exactly a united front is it? Both have completely different motives for wanting to stay in the EU.
I dare say that Eberli and Hardy would like us to join the Euro currency but I suspect that many Remain voters wouldn’t.
If we vote to remain in the EU will we join the Euro currency in the future?
Nobody can answer that one because we don’t know who the next prime minister will be.
The Remain campaign seem hopelessly muddled about what our future in the EU should be, just as our politicians have been for more than 40 years.
Mr Hardy’s assertion that EU migrants pay more in tax than they consume in welfare or public services is false and baseless.
Labour peer Lord Beecham asked the Treasury Minister Lord O’Neill to reveal ‘the annual benefits paid to EU migrants in the UK and the contribution of those individuals to the public purse through income tax receipts and VAT’.
In a written parliamentary response Lord O’Neill replied with a five word answer: “The information is not available.”
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