Check out today’s YEP letters.
Ex-pat won’t return to her roots
Christine Wilson, by email from France
I am proud to be from Yorkshire even though for the last 11 years I have lived in France.
The Leave vote may affect us ex-patriots more than anyone else. We may be forced financially to return to UK.
But I am afraid I will not be returning to Yorkshire as I do not want to have to live in a country with the ethos of the likes of Farage, Johnson, Gove and co.
Scotland looks a better place to be and although I was against Scottish independence, I think I would support it in future.
Farage should take credit for Brexit campaign
Derek Barker, Moortown
I could not be more pleased with the outcome of the EU referendum albeit a victory by a small majority.
Last night when my daughter returned from the polling station I asked her if her vote had cancelled out my vote as she knew how I had voted, she said yes.
I then explained to her that I don’t blame the younger generation for voting to stay with what they know as they don’t have any benchmark to compare what it is like living in this country now compared to what it was like before we were conned into joining the EU.
Almost as many people were employed in manufacturing industry just in Yorkshire before we joined the EU than there is presently in the whole of the UK and mass unemployment didn’t begin until after we joined the EU.
No doubt Boris Johnson will take all the credit for leading the Brexit campaign but I believe that it is Nigel Farage who should be given all of the credit as if it weren’t for him through Ukip keeping the ball rolling in speaking up for the substantial numbers of the electorate who wanted to leave the EU and putting pressure on the government at the last General Election, I do not believe that we would have had this referendum.
Electorate has spoken
Louise Kasatkin, Wakefield
The sovereign British electorate has spoken and a lot of career politicians, foreign leaders, Oxbridge educated,metropolitan-domiciled elitists, international bankers and global corporations have been left terribly shocked and distraught.
Good. This wasn’t how they wanted us to cast our votes. An astounding 70 per cent of our benchwarmers at Westminster campaigned for Remain; Labour InForBritain doubly so.
They conducted an egregious campaign composed in equal measure of misinformation to the electorate and defamation of their opponents. and having been trounced in the end, at least two of our “ local” MPs had the astounding temerity to assert on Radio 4, that in fact a majority of Labour voters had voted Remain and that those who had voted Leave didn’t understand what these Labour MPs had told them. Given the result in Wakefield, would Ms Creagh be so gracious as to show some genuine contrition and humility by publicly congratulating the Leave campaigners here in Wakefield and apologising for her fact-free campaign? Apology or resignation either or both will satisfy.
EU exit could take five years
William J Houlder, Pontefract
Out-ers shouldn’t hold their breaths. UK government civil servants aren’t known for speed.
EU exit is likely to take at least five years. Even that may be a bit fast for them.
In the meantime there’s much to do. Like outlawing the employment of illegal residents.
And recruiting an effective border force.
Lucky we have a clear border, deep and wet.
More of your views on Brexit
Donna Hogan, via Facebook
I’m from Leeds and me and a lot of others voted out... It’s all the unis that voted to stay!!
Liam O’Reilly, via Facebook
Well you have only gone and exercised a democratic right.
The pundits will say it is a disaster but I still cannot see the four men/women of the apocalypse coming down the street.
Garrett Lamb, via Facebook
We are witnessing some historic moments here.
Leaving the EU is not such a major event in itself, but Scotland voted with a significant majority to remain. I’ve read that some nationalists say this could be the impetus for a new ‘Leave UK’ referendum in Scotland.
Northern Ireland has also returned a majority to remain and Gerry Adams has already said this could be the basis for a new negotiation for Irish unity.
What will happen to the UK in the next few years? The proverbial can of worms has been opened. It will be very interesting to see how things unfold. But above all, keep calm and carry on.
Lesley Broxholme, via Facebook
I am appalled and ashamed to be part of Britain right now.
Sarah Dedgjonaj, via Facebook
i am not happy with the leave vote, why would I be?
What’s is there to be happy about? It’s a sad day for British society. I’m appalled at the result.
Lois Bowe, via Facebook
Bye bye cheap holidays to Europe and health care while we are abroad.
Janet Sutcliffe, via Facebook
Can’t believe people believed all the hype – we will not suddenly become the Britain we think we remember.
Mark Bedford, via Facebook
A victory for all the xenophobic little Englanders dreaming of their immigrant free paradise.
Mickey Fish, via Facebook.
how many people voted to leave on the strength of what Nigel Farage said about the billions that would go to the NHS, then admitted it was not correct?
He lied...the result should be void. I think if we knew then, what we know now the vote would have gone the other way, in my opinion.
Sharon Lou Brattley, via Facebook
We are not leaving for two years, calm down.
There should be no change to the economy. A lot of this is just scaremongering.
Kirsty Goddard, via Facebook
Happy Independence Day, everyone.
It’s not going to be easy to start with, but if we all stick together it’ll get better in no time. Proud to be British.
Alex Roberts, ex-pat Yorkshireman via email
It’s not often a nation votes to make itself poorer and actually invites economic chaos.
A lower pound (already trading at a 30-year low), higher prices, inflation, higher unemployment, stressed pension plans and economic and political uncertainty are headed Britain’s way. What a catastrophic national error of judgement.
If ever a country needed a crash course in basic economics and globalism.
David Green, via email.
I really do hope that Nigel Farage will have a place on the Brexit negotiation team.
After all, he was the person that got us to where we now are. Well done, Nigel. He will not let the EU steamroller him into anything that benefits the EU from our leaving.
But I cannot understand why it will take so long to get out. All we need to do is say, ‘from X date we will no longer pay any money into your coffers, we will be out of the ECHR, we will trade with you on equal terms, with no tariffs, or payments, close our borders to all EU migration until we have the infrastructure to take more people, and we will continue to work with you against terrorism in the world’.
Martin Elsworth, via Facebook
We need to go with an independent Yorkshire.
I would have said it was a ridiculous idea before the referendum but now it seems to make sense.