Urgent, radical reform needed

Over the coming months there will be many debates on whether we stay or leave the EU before the referendum?

When we joined the EEC along with Ireland and Denmark in January, 1973, there were just six other member states, now there are 28, with 19 using the Euro as it’s currency.

The EU needs to be urgently and radically reformed, if we are to stay and that’s a big if.

We must win back control of our borders and not be dictated to by Jean-Claude Juncker on whether we should take more migrants.

We should only be taking migrants that can benefit and bring value to the UK, ie maybe a points system like they use in Australia?

This is a totally separate issue to war refugees from Syria, which has been stated many times in recent weeks and we should only be taking those refugees from the camps in Lebanon and Jordan, as our government is doing, not forgetting the £1.1 bn in aid we have given, more than the EU put together and only eclipsed by the USA.

We simply can’t afford an open door policy, like a well known actor and some retired judges, bishops and lawyers are advocating, that quantities should be limitless.

Where would these hundreds of thousands of refugees live?

Perhaps they could all pitch their tents in the grounds or back gardens of these retired judge’s country estates?

Importantly, we now export more of our goods to non-EU countries than the EU itself and would all those EU countries stop buying British if we did leave the EU, probably not.

The EU budget in 2013 was 150 billion Euros of which almost nine billion Euros was spent on admin costs, expensive club or what?

So many issues have come about since we joined the EEC over 40 years ago and alot of them to the detriment of the UK. Could we survive if we left the EU?

Of course we would. We have a great history and heritage in this country in trading with the rest of the world and I don’t think that it would be a disaster if we left the EU, like the pro-Brussels campaigners would have you believe, most of their figures in their arguments just simply don’t add up, which amounts to basic scaremongering to try and win your vote.

Ray Walter

Eisenhower Drive

St Leonards

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