LETTER: Risks, dangers and uncertainty over EU

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We are now engaged in a long four month European Referendum campaign leading to the vote in June. Inevitably much of it will be marked by exchanges of invective and exaggerated claims based on assertion rather than fact, leaving the public none the wiser.

The case of voting YES to Britain remaining an EU member has been significantly strenghthened by the Prime Minister’s hard won agreement in Brussels.

The deal answers concerns raised about the free movement of EU citizens, the impact of Euro zone decisions over on Euro zone members, the concept of “ever closer union” and the promotion of the national interest.

Essentially it is our vital interests in security and over economic future which are compelling reasons to remain EU members, since we last voted in favour.

World developments require concerted actions with our allies and partners, in the face of continuing instability in the Middle East particularly in Syria and Vladimir Putin agression against neighbouring countries, such as Ukraine.

Terrorists attacks in London, Paris and Madrid demonstrate the need for the most effective co-operation to prevent further outrages.

Half of all our trade is with our nearest neighbours on which millions of jobs in Britain depend.

Countries around the world, the US, the Commonwealth, India and China urge us to affirm our EU membership.

The uncertainty resulting from a NO vote carries serious and long term dangers for Britain.

It would threaten the break up of our own country, with Scotland, 2 : 1 in favour of holding a 2nd Referendum, and probably leading to a successful bid for independence insuring their remaining in the EU.

A new barrier being created with the Republic of Ireland could call into question the peace settlement in Northern Ireland.

Who is to say it would not also destabilise Wales and many of our English regions as well ?

We have much to gain by continuing to work together in all the international organisations to which we belong: the United Nations, the Commonwealth, NATO, and the European Union.

In an increasingly global and interrelated world, isolation from friendly governments and people’s and with no strategy to defend our vital interests withdrawal would entail wholly unnecessary risks, dangers and uncertainty.

Christopher Beazley

Warren Farm Lane

Chichester