Reader Letter: Leave voters were not misled
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One reader thinks a previous letter missed the mark with its analysis of Brexit campaigns. What do you think?
The distinguished former editor of this newspaper displays a lack of grip when explaining why he thinks EU leave campaigners misled voters during the Referendum campaign.
As he must be fully aware we are, at the time of writing, still in the EU therefore the £350 million per week is not yet available for the NHS or any other priority preferred by the UK government.
He says leave campaigners promised 'no divorce bill' but says that we will have to pay billions to leave. Again, not quite the case Mr Franzen.
As a fair and law abiding country we will want to pay our contributions to projects to which previous UK governments have pledged their support in good faith.
He complains at the lack of news on new trade deals – but he will remember like the rest of us that Michel Barnier stated at the outset of negotiations that the UK would not be allowed to begin these negotiations with third party countries until the formal finalisation of any transition agreement.
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I could write a whole column on the promises made by prominent 'remain' campaigners that were literally out and out scare stories. Like George Osborne's ludicrous 'I will be forced to impose a £30bn emergency budget to save the NHS if you vote 'leave''. However, the main point, not mentioned by Mr Franzen, is that we must exit the treaties that bind us to the EU.
Any subsequent attempt for us to rejoin the EU will require the UK to join the Single Currency. I cannot see our young people wanting to join young Greeks, Italians, Spaniards, French and Portuguese on the economic scrapheap. It was a lively, hurly-burly campaign with lots of claim and counterclaim – but in my view open and fair.
- 1 'An insult to the city': Couple ditch 'hellhole' hotel after 45 minutes
- 2 Hundreds give amazing send-off to well-loved supermarket worker
- 3 Former Norwich boxing champion banned from contacting ex-partner
- 4 What next for The Birdcage in Norwich?
- 5 Road cleared after overturned lorry on A47/A11 Thickthorn roundabout
- 6 Elton John to kick off UK leg of farewell tour at Carrow Road
- 7 Norwich bar named among 30 best cocktail spots in UK
- 8 Car collides with bus near petrol station on Dereham Road
- 9 Historic railway platform building could be demolished in station revamp
- 10 Neighbours of award-winning council estate blighted by rubbish and rats
The British electorate were not 'too old, too stupid, too xenophobic or too insular' in their considerations. Given that EU negotiators have so far taken a narrow and cynical approach I think that any second referendum is likely to produce a much larger majority for leave.
I will agree with Mr Franzen that things could look a lot brighter – but then what did we expect with a PM who does not believe in the brief handed to her by the British people?
Tough times ahead for the Conservative Party.
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