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Reader Letter: Leave voters were not misled

PUBLISHED: 11:06 26 June 2018 | UPDATED: 11:15 26 June 2018

Union and EU flags fly outside Houses of Parliament. PHOTO: EMPICS Entertainment

Union and EU flags fly outside Houses of Parliament. PHOTO: EMPICS Entertainment

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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.

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.

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.

Do you agree with our reader? Let us know in the comments below or write to us at edpletters@archant.co.uk

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