Not isolation

Whether Chris Joseph (Mail, May 24) is deliberately trying to mislead us or has just been misled himself as to what Brexit involves, please let me explain and take issue with his comments.

Tuesday, 31st May 2016, 3:02 pm
Updated Tuesday, 31st May 2016, 4:08 pm

Being against the undemocratic political construct called the EU is not being “anti European”.

I would rather that the nations of Europe were free democratic, sovereign nation states, freely trading with one another in a friendly manner as neighbours.

I do not want Britain to be part of an undemocratic, unaccountable political construct, where national parliaments can be overruled by an unaccountable centralised bureaucracy.

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Is that plain enough?

I would rather Britain traded freely with every country, including the countries of Europe and the USA.

But I especially want us to forge stronger trading links with the emerging strong economies of India, China, and the Far East.

I want to re-establish the strong links with the Commonwealth which we so cruelly betrayed when we joined the Common Market in 1973.

As you will remember, this was only to be “a trading bloc and would never involve us losing any sovereignty” – the line of Heath’s Conservative Government then, that underpins exactly where we are now.

The objective of leaving the sclerotic European Union Customs Union (EUCU) is to restore our right to govern ourselves for the benefit of this country’s citizens.

It wishes to trade, be friendly with all nations, and co-operate on an “inter-governmental” basis where mutual interests justify such co-operation.

Brexit simply means freedom, independence and, most of all, democratic governance.

Mr Joseph, this is not isolation.

It is quite the opposite.

Dave Pascoe,

Press Secretary,

UKIP, Hartlepool Branch,

Dunbar Road,