LETTER: Are we going in right direction?

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The question of IN or OUT of the EU for many people is whether we are going in the right direction. At present verbose laws are introduced with no consideration of their consequences which most children could have foreseen.

Then the MEPs are astounded when the obvious happens. A good example is the Schengen idea - all migrants are welcomed with no control – then surprise, surprise, this encourages more (including ‘terrorists’) to leave their country, giving rise to mayhem.

It’s all short-termism. Like all politicians the long term effects are not in their ken.

What pressure is the EU putting on the UN to produce a permanent solution of the migrant problem? (My own views about PrUNEs – Protected United Nation Enclaves may be found in ref 1, and the illustration that this problem has been with us since the days of the Egyptian Pharaohs may be found in ref 2).

The arguments of the West Sussex MPs , set out in ref 3, all indicate that the present situation cannot – or should not – persist. Their comments are:

IN – Nick Gibb - Bognor Regis and Littlehampton:

The EU needs more reform but... we should trust (the PM’s ) judgement.

OUT – Tim Loughton, East Worthing and Shoreham:

We have one of the most respected and least corrupt judicial system in the world, emulated by many, but it increasingly has to look over its shoulder to see what the European court will allow it to do.

NATO will remain the guardians of our security with its wider circles of allies – that was never a job that we looked to the EU to perform.

We will continue to work with Europol on matters of common interest on crime and terrorism just as the current agreements will allow 18 non-EU members to do so including the US, Russia and Turkey.

IN – Jeremy Quin, Horsham:

I believe we could go it alone if we choose.

Inevitably we have not received everything from the renegotiation that I would have liked... I regard the negotiation as only the start of reform in the EU. I believe other member - states will also join us in helping reshape the EU.

OUT – Henry Smith, Crawley:

We are one of the largest economies in the world with one of the largest Armed Forces. One of my key concerns is that of democracy... any government in Westminster is constrained by rules and regulations imposed by a highly centralised and largely undemocratic EU.

IN – Sir Nicholas Soames, Mid Sussex:

The refugee crisis, for example, has made the EU look deeply ineffective and purely reactive.

It is clear that Schengen cannot survive without the most dramatic reform, and that the external borders of Europe need to be strengthened rapidly... the European Union... now appears to be weak and uncertain. Its unpopularity matters and it is damaging.

My hope is that... (our ministers ) will really push ahead in the EU to drive... the big reforms that Europe must swallow.

The MPs who feel that we should stay In say: ‘We should trust people / They believe others will join us / They hope there will be a push to reform the EU’.

All indicating that we have a very unsatisfactory situation at present.

The question is ‘What evidence have we to-date that the cultural positions , sensibility and analysis of any longer term consequences of European laws will improve in the future?’

We have been in the union; is it likely to make any difference to this EU culture if we stay in?

I think not.

Ref 1 West Chiltington Parish magazine, December, 2015

Ref 2 ‘Why the West Rules – For Now’ by Ian Morris

Ref.3 West Sussex County Times; March 3, 2016


Nyetimber Copse, West Chiltington


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