YEP Letters: March 29

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon arrives at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Glasgow, to take part in a bilateral meeting during her visit to Scotland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday March 27, 2017. See PA story POLITICS Brexit. Photo credit should read: Jane Barlow/PA Wire
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon arrives at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Glasgow, to take part in a bilateral meeting during her visit to Scotland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday March 27, 2017. See PA story POLITICS Brexit. Photo credit should read: Jane Barlow/PA Wire
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Check out today’s YEP letters

Concentrate on improving economy

Terry Watson, Adel

Why does attention seeker Nicola Sturgeon want another referendum on independence?

Two years ago the Scots voted to stay in the United Kingdom. Had the vote gone the other way, an independent Scotland would now be bankrupt. The vast majority of Scottish voters do not want another referendum.

They know very well that the benefits they now receive from the UK, free prescriptions, university tuition and dental check ups which we in England have to pay for would end. Sturgeon must know that Scotland is totally dependent on money obtained from the UK through the Barnett formula which accounts for 85 per cent of Scotland’s budget and would cease if they left. To think that the EU would allow another bankrupt country to join is just ludicrous.

Nicola should stop showboating and concentrate on improving the Scottish economy which at the moment is a basket case on a par with Greece.

How would you vote in a second EU referendum?

With Theresa May due to trigger Article 50 and formally commence Brexit negotiations today we asked readers how they would vote if the EU referendum was held again. Here’s how readers reacted on Facebook..

Keith Hudson

Even more adamant to leave than I was before. The EU is stubborn and unwilling to change and would just drag us further and further into a political union that we don’t want.

If they would compromise on free movement then I think many votes would change.

Brendon Bremner Sullivan

Remain this time, the mess that we have ended up with now the uncertainty, the hate it created with east European people is shocking, etc. I can’t see us getting a good deal really and more barriers to travel and higher costs in most things.

Keeley Princess Casling

I’d still vote out! How can we teach our children that you can’t get what you want by throwing a tantrum if we give in to the remoaners who were outvoted.

Cindy Sanderson

When are people going to get over it!

There was always going to be winners and losers. It was voted we leave, so be it. People need to stop stamping their feet and now just learn to get on with it, whether they like it or not. And as for Scotland, they should be told to put up and shut up too.

Ruth Horsley

Exactly the same! To vote otherwise would change our democratic society for ever. I don’t want to live in a country that can’t move on and accept what the voice of the people, however small the margin, want.

Mark Cummins

LEAVE, democracy is democracy. Can’t spit dummy out if you don’t like the result. I didn’t vote Conservative and no one voted Theresa May, we just have to get on with it.

Maxine Mitchell

Out. I voted out before and would do so again.

The quicker we go the better. I think also that is Brits should have a vote to see if we wanted the Scots to remain with us. Just my feelings.I actually love Scotland but if they think they’re better off without us then they should go.

Trisha Hughes

Contrary to what many remainers think and don’t hesitate to say, I thought long and hard and did hours and hours of research before 
voting to Leave in the referendum. What has followed has truly appalled me and has made me feel even more certain that I voted correctly.

Anthony Jessuk

Remain, but it’s a hypothetical question because what’s done is done.

I fear now for the future, because of Brexit UK will drop out of the premier league, EU investment will dry up to be replaced by Indian and Chinese, Malaysian and Taiwan companies who will make the UK into an offshore low tax, low pay, sweat shop. Liam Fox won’t tell you this but mark my words, I know this is coming as I work with Asia companies who are planning this. I would ask the question in three-four years time, see how many would still be happy to leave. Good luck.

Edward Lee

We vote in a government to make the best choices for us all.

Most of us do not have a clue and whether we should be in the common market or not. If we don’t like what the government has done to us then we vote them out at next election. I am undecided, I will always vote so voted Remain due to uncertaincy.

Martin Walker

I voted Remain before, and I’d probably vote Remain again, though with all the whiny anti-Brexit protests, I wouldn’t want to be lumped in with those that can’t accept democracy when it doesn’t go their way.

Kaz Langley

Would be out. The threats given are done because the EU are scared now other countries will leave too. They are just treating us badly to make an example to others.

Claim back our fishing grounds, buy from our farmers, make Britain great again.

Our economy will flourish, sterling will flop but then grow again.

Come on, grab the bull by the horns, forget this two years of talks it will achieve very little apart from wasting taxpayers’ money.

We need to hold up strong again the EU and show them who’s boss.

Andy Killingbeck

Would always vote Leave, never wanted to join in the first place, In a school referendum back in the 70s it was 98 per cent in favour not to join, I think most of my generation still feel that way.

Phil Heppenstall

Remain. We had a better deal with the EU than any other country did (look it up, all the opt-outs). The eventual deal is going to be rubbish, it’s going to cost us money to leave and we’ll miss out on free trade which will weaken the economy.

If we get a deal that gives us the benefits we had before but with control over immigration then I’ll happily say it was a good decision to leave but I don’t see that happening, no-one does. But in 18 months or so we’ll all know the outcome.

I was never exactly pro-EU as I don’t believe it should be anything other than a free trade area like the original idea was. Having a shared defence, foreign policy, currency, having their laws override our own, that was all wrong. And it should have been about creating prosperity across the EU so that people didn’t need to emigrate to work. I don’t begrudge hardworking immigrants coming here but surely their own countries should have the jobs and economic circumstances to make them want to stay there, if not what’s the point of their governments being in the EU?

Ben Miles

Yorkshireman living in the Republic of Ireland (EU), voted remain, would vote remain again, but that means nothing England has made its bed, now it has to lie in it.

It will speed up the break up of its own union. Glad my seven-year-old will be growing up in the EU and all the opportunities it brings. But anyone who thinks they will benefit from it, is just plain stupid. It will cost the EU, but it will cost the UK more and who do you think will pay for it? Not the government, not the banks. it will be you, whether that’s the price of bread, or a holiday to Benidorm. Prices will go up, taxes will go up (not just based on the exit, things always go up when change happens, ask anybody who lived through decimalisation). Anyone who thinks immigration will go down is also mistaken. 196 trade deals will all negotiate some form of free movement.

Tara Cook

I’ve been a consistent Eurosceptic for the last 15+ years (since the introduction of the Euro really). I have a dual honours degree in politics and economics, I spent two years specifically studying the EU at degree level, I’m not about to change my logically founded opinion because some millennials are miffed that they might not be able to do the Erasmus programme.