LETTER: No mistake in voting to leave the EU

The UK voted to leave the EU last year
The UK voted to leave the EU last year

Having read Mr Pidcock’s letter in the Guardian (How long before we realise it is a mistake? July 21), I feel it is in need of a quick reply.

While Mr Pidcock is entitled to his opinion, I trust he will accept that the majority of UK citizens who voted made it clear that they do not wish to remain members of the European Union.

There were a number of reasons why the vote went the way it did, not all of them from a financial aspect.

The main reason I hear from the “remain” side is we will be better off if we remain in, but that will depend on how quickly we set up trade deals with countries outside the EU and what the negotiated deal is with the EU.

I fully accept there is no guarantee either stopping in or coming out of the EU will in the short or long term see us worse or better off, neither is there any guarantee the EU will survive in its present form even if we remain in.

What is, however, certain is that, should we remain in the EU, our Parliament will no longer be in full control of the laws governing us and will be subject to anything the other 27 countries choose to impose on us.

As we are at present, we would have little or no control of who is allowed to come into our country and who we might like to kick out.

We would have little influence on what future ventures the EU decides to set up, for example a European Army, some of them extremely costly and our contributions to the EU would without any doubt continue to rise, as many of the other countries in the EU are already net gainers not contributors.

Money does not seem to be an object when you see what the EU has spent on new buildings and extremely high wages and pensions to thousands of their officials, as well as the many perks, some of which we may never hear about.

Is there any wonder that many privileged people are desperate for us to remain in.

As for our National Health Service, while ever we allow unrestricted access unto our country we will never be able to adequately fund it as the pressure on it will rise every year.

It was never said that all the savings from leaving the EU would go into the NHS, but certainly a good part of it would have to if we are to start and stabilise it.

I trust people like Mr Pidcock, if they are somehow successful in ensuring we remain in the EU, will take full responsibility for the state our country may find its self in 10 or 20 years’ time.

Matt Ardron