YOUR LETTERS: Nothing to be gained in EU

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To leave or not to leave, that is the question.

The decision over the UK’s continued membership of the faltering European Union is not a matter of transitory adjustment to change, if any, but the long-term issue affecting our lives and those of succeeding generations.

The clearly stated aim of the EU is ever closer political union between 28 extremely diverse nations, all with different languages and religions, different cultures, histories and mindsets, different geographical locations and economies – all orchestrated by a huge number of career bureaucrats in Brussels.

What we have to decide is whether we want to submerge our independence and individuality in this polyglot mix, and then decide whether the attempt to build such an empire has any chance of success.

My answer to the first question is an unequivocal no. This is not to say that we should be anything other than good friends or that we shouldn’t co-operate when there are mutual benefits to be had.

My opinion on the second question is that there is no chance that this idea can be successful.

Since the world was opened up a few hundred years ago, the history of mankind has been that of the rise and ultimate fall of empires brought about by the wishes of member countries for independence and self–determination.

There is nothing to be gained by taking part in this doomed exercise.

We should vote to leave in order to protect our independence and our growing economy.