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Reader’s Comment of the Day: The EU comes down to the issue of national independence


In response to David Keighley: Not the BBC news. Norway is very rich and very outside the EU, J M wrote:

There is a single question for us when we get the chance to vote. Do we want to be a province of the United States of Europe or do we want to be an independent country in control of our own destiny – whatever that might be; however good or bad that might be? 

We are the fifth largest economy in the world. We buy far more from the European Union countries, as opposed to Europe which is not the same thing, that we sell to them. They need us more than we need them. 

We have an enterprising people living in a stable country where there is the rule of law. We are more than able to paddle our own canoe in the world and to be successful. The question of whether we would be better off in or out is a sideshow and a distraction. 

The debate is being conducted is if it were a general election campaign and we can choose which direction to go in, but if we get it wrong we can boot them out in five years time. There will be no second chance and no booting out. 

The size of the European Union means that British voters, no matter how much they dislike what is happening, are powerless to stop it if the other countries want to go in a different direction. That is why it is so important to focus on and stay focused on the true question of principle: do we want to be our own independent country looking out into the world, or a province of a declining superstate?

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