Money does not come from EU

Further to your article ‘EU funds helping projects in rural area’ (15/7/16) I would like to point out that since the UK is a net contributor of money to the EU, every single penny of the grants were UK taxpayer funds, not EU funds.

If/when we leave the EU the government could maintain spending on grants, farm subsidies and university research and have an additional £8.5 billion p.a. to spend (said to be our net contribution to the EU) without raising taxes at all.

It is of course the job of our elected MPs and councillors to hold the government to account to ensure that spending is maintained or increased where necessary.

Presumably our own elected representatives are more than capable of deciding how British taxpayers’ money should be spent without the EU telling them.

In her letter 1/7/16 Cllr Prochak states that 73 per cent of 18-25 year olds who voted in the referendum voted to remain as though it were a fact. The figures that Cllr Prochak and the media bounce around are purely based upon opinion polls and we know how inaccurate they can be. Prominent Remain campaign groups commissioned many of these opinion polls. I’m sure that I could devise my own opinion poll and come up with a different result.

Despite the fact that our polling cards are serial numbered, the UK government has never and presumably will never release information relating to voter demographics (such as age, academic qualifications, income). Indeed to do so would be a grotesque assault on democracy. I have met leavers and remainers from all walks of life.

On separate occasions a couple of undergraduates told me that they had voted to remain in the EU. I was fascinated by this, given that they will find the competition for jobs and housing tougher with the current EU unlimited freedom of movement of labour. It soon became apparent that neither had given the pros and cons much thought at all. I have seen polls claiming that over 70 per cent of youngsters will miss not being able to live and work in the EU.

Do 70 per cent of British youngsters really speak foreign languages with such fluency that they could live and work abroad in the EU?

One would assume that if you worked in a Spanish factory you would be expected to communicate in Spanish. Unlike a Spanish holiday resort that caters for British people whose idea of speaking Spanish is to speak English slower and louder.

Steve Spice

Udimore Road

Broad Oak

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