Alas, Terry Milford is again vexed at this paper allowing me to ‘peddle my biased propaganda’ (10/6/16) - I prefer ‘sermon’ (22/7/16).
Had he fully engaged in the debate with some original arguments supporting remaining, his side might have won - that’s democracy.
We leavers would dearly love to ‘move on’, but we have merely won the first skirmish. Winning the Brexit-war with a satisfactory outcome for all is far from assured as the majority of MPs are vexed Remainers, such as the SNP, who have openly declared intent to sabotage Brexit and cede absolutely nothing - that’s not democracy.
Had Blair, Brown, Clegg and Cameron honoured their promises to ask Britons what relationship we wanted with the EU and the free world (free trade versus self-protectionist political customs union) before holding a referendum, then we would today be happy bunnies all working towards a common cause of tariff-free trade among 190+ independent, sovereign nations living in mutual harmony and peace.
Today, 160+ nations thrive economically, trading with the EU but outside the Remain MP’s hallowed ‘EU single market’. Our Commonwealth and the free world are now clamouring for UK free-trade deals, without strings, long denied us by the protectionist EU.
Terry can’t claim the Remainer’s scaremongery and prophecies of Brexit doom haven’t materialised... for we haven’t yet left.
Today’s neurosis is nothing compared to the four major economic disasters during our 43-year EEC/EU membership: 1970s post-Yom Kippur war recession; major mid-1980s recession; 15 per cent mortgages, repossessions and redundancies pre-ERM departure; Labour’s failure to regulate banks and financial services bringing in 2008 the worse (ongoing) recession since 1930. Britain was the world’s 4th largest economy pre-EEC, plummeting to 7th in the EU, and rising to 5th only after leaving the catastrophic ERM to enjoy our best ever post-war economy. However, economies are never stable for long - thanks to politicians.
That, Terry, is why enduring today’s short-lived neurotic BBC/The Economist/Remainer-induced post-Brexit knee-jerk ‘turmoil’ will be worthwhile, for the future is truly brighter... if we’re allowed to get on with it.
Barry M Jones
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