Leave case is getting weaker

The Anne-Marie Trevelyan column is a welcome contribution to your newspaper.

Friday, 12th January 2018, 8:00 am

It crucially gives an opportunity for readers to keep in touch with how our local representative links us to the national picture. It is critical, therefore, that it is straight and honest.

Usually it is, but to talk of the “British people’s command to deliver Brexit”, I feel is a distortion.

Only 37 per cent of those eligible to vote voted to leave. Admittedly, that is slightly more than those who voted to remain, but a massive 28 per cent abstained. To say this is a command is, therefore, misleading.

I suspect our MP has put it that way to shore up the case that Brexit has to happen. If you are on that side of the argument, you’ll take every chance you can get as the case for Brexit looks weaker and weaker.

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The ‘£350 million to NHS’ claim has been exposed, the cost of leaving has been revealed to be as massive, as the experts predicted, and virtually every credible organisation is saying it’s economic madness.

As a patriot whose father and grandfather fought for this nation, I despair at the road our country is being led along. Churchill, and every Prime Minister since, has seen the immense value of Great Britain being at the top table in Europe. The current PM is unique in recent history.

Within this partnership we became the fifth wealthiest nation in the world. That we still have poverty and inequality within our shores is at the door of our own politicians and nothing to do with Europe. Already we have apparently slipped to seventh.

I fear that it won’t be the Boris Johnsons of the nation who will suffer as our wealth slips away, but the good people of the North, who somehow were led to believe that it was Europe that was causing the difficulties they face.

We are hell bent on pursuing a course that has already started to reduce the wealth of this great nation, and we haven’t even started yet.

I share the hope that we might build new trade relationships, but I’d be a fool if I ignored the expected damage from leaving the EU.

The answer has to be compromise – if we have to leave, then stay in the single market and the customs union, if they will let us.

Neil Green

Berwick-upon-Tweed