I welcome the views of MPs

I welcome our local MPs’ views on the subject of whether the United Kingdom should stay in the European Union or opt out (Observer 26.2.16).

It was quite enlightening. I was particularly interested to read the views of Nus Ghani, the Conservative MP for Wealden.

She wrote on the problems Britain faced with immigration and the lack of border control.

I could not agree with her more. She was quite right to state that Britain was best when turning to the world and not inwardly to Europe.

To be open to the world, she says, people must know that we are in control.

She adds they also need to know who should come and how they will be catered for.

Nus Ghani makes another pertinent point.

She says people need to know that our immigration policy is legitimately decided by their elected representatives and not by unelected bureaucrats in Brussels.

Nus Ghani is backed by Maria Caulfield, the Conservative MP for Lewes, who whilst welcoming many of the reforms presented by the Prime Minister, she made the comment that they fell far short of what was needed to persuade people to vote to stay in the EU.

I agree with her.

She broadened her reasoning by pointing out the burgeoning housing crisis, schools reaching crisis capacity, GPs having to close their lists because they are full, and road and rail networks heaving under the strain.

The prime minister appears to show no regard to these problems which will worsen as the influx of migrants grows inexorably.

Maria Caulfield understands that the new reforms only deal with the new EU migrants who come here to claim benefits, not that is the main reason for them coming to Britain.

We do know that most are here to work, and with the living wage coming into force in a few months, the attraction to come to the UK will be stronger than ever, and nothing is likely to change that.

She talks of the damage done to our inshore fishing industry which has been decimated by the Common Fisheries Policy where the decisions of course are made in Brussels.

Amber Rudd strangely never mentioned this problem when expressing her views with other MPs, although she has in the past been quite vocal on the subject having shown support for the fishermen in Rye.

Criticising the EU perhaps would not help her cause in the referendum debate.

Hew Merriman, Conservative MP for Bexhill and Battle tells us he is promoting and chairing seven debates in June across his constituency.

Whilst I welcome debate I do feel he should allow these debates to be chaired by someone who was genuinely impartial and certainly not by a politician.

Mr Merriman needs to take a position one way or the other as his fellow local MPs have done and tell his constituents precisely whether he wishes to remain or exit the EU.

His constituents need to know what their MP thinks.

They are intelligent enough to decide once the pros and cons are set out.

As Nus Ghani concludes in her piece and says: “At the end of the day it is the British people who will decide our future in the forthcoming referendum on 23rd June.”

Granville Bantick

Udimore Road


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