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Eric,

I find little to argue with you about other than your comment about an "ill-conceived referendum".

On constitutional matters, however, I would argue that the people should have their say. And the entry of the UK into the then 'Common Market' was carried out on the understanding that there would be no transfer of sovereignty. As this proved not to be the case, then surely the people - and I write as one who was too young to have a say on the matter in the 1970s - should have a say.

I think that the referendum was essential. Or do you you believe that the political elites know better than the people?
Theresa May's decision to call a snap election has unsettled the UK political establishment - the opposition parties appear confused and rather lost about the position they find themselves in.

But despite the somewhat dismissive rhetoric, the European Commission must surely realise that a Conservative landslide victory in the UK would send out a strong message to the political elites in the other 27 member states that Euroscepticism wins votes, and the question of 'withdrawal' is no longer a subject confined to the political fringes, as it was in the UK until very recently.

The times they are a'changing...

As a small business owner, I am all too aware of how the EU has been hindering the economic growth of the 'backbone of Britain' – small and medium sized enterprises. Small businesses bring employment and opportunity to the country, and crucially, they bring freedom and choice for the consumer. They should be supported and celebrated, as they are fighting the monopolies that big businesses bring.


Only 5% of British businesses export to the EU; in fact 75% of the UK economy is made up of the service industry. That's absolutely vital when you consider that the top 100 more burdensome EU regulations cost UK businesses £33.3bn a year, with thousands of EU regulations they need to go through, and the EU doesn’t even have a single market in services. Those 95% of businesses that are not exporting to the EU, but that are still tied to these regulations, are losing out hugely.


The extra burden is affecting their ability to both hire extra staff, and to grow their business. Not only does this hinder businesses themselves, but it affects British people looking for employment.

Britain is stronger, safer and better off in Europe. Almost half our exports are sold to Europe, supporting over three million British jobs. The single market allows EU companies to invest here easily - to the tune of £26.5bn a year for the last decade. And the EU has signed free trade agreements on our behalf with over 50 countries.

Being in the EU means lower prices in our shops, cheaper flights, and cheaper services. The EU's single market creates greater competition, leading to better deals for the people of Britain - for example, the average household saves £20 a year on home insurance thanks to this competition.

We are not just better off in Europe; we are safer too. Co-operation with our European allies through Europol allows us to fight international crime and terrorism more effectively. And we have deported over 5,000 criminals to EU countries under the European Arrest Warrant. By standing together with our European partners, we keep Britain's streets safer. 

None of the 'Leave' campaigns have a thought-through plan for leaving. They do not know what our relationship with the EU would be if we left, how we would retain free access to the single market, or how we could deal with international problems better by cutting ourselves off from our allies. The safe choice for Britain is to remain in Europe.