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Reservations about European membership

PUBLISHED: 10:19 01 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:10 05 July 2010

WHILST having some reservations about Europe I should prefer an independent Britain and equal rights for the English.

I wish to point out that it is only our European membership that is keeping us from being totally swallowed up by the USA.

WHILST having some reservations about Europe I should prefer an independent Britain and equal rights for the English.

I wish to point out that it is only our European membership that is keeping us from being totally swallowed up by the USA.

They are mis-marking our exam papers; bankrupting the NHS with their excessive repair charges; we are threatened by terrorists because they have forced us into an unwanted war; it is becoming impossible to listen to Radio 4 for an hour without hearing an American accent or to find an academic book written by a British author.

Adoption of their compensation culture is ruining many of our activities just as chewing gum is ruining our pavements. Already, netball has become basketball and rounders baseball with easier rules (dumbed down).

Wasn't it a US president who said “London is expendable as long as New York is safe.”

On the other hand Europe outlawed our TV licence so that the ONS had to reclassify it as a tax. Presumably anyone charged a fine for viewing without a licence now has the defence that there is no such thing.

Europe has also given us:

The European Working Time Directive EU initiative which is designed to protect workers from exploitation by employers. The directive lays down regulations on matters such as how many holidays an employee is entitled to each year. It also aims to limit the average time an employee can be compelled to work to 48 hours a week.

Protection from employment discrimination on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, disability and age.

Cleaner air and water - EU standards are more stringent.

Trade with EU countries which now accounts for over 60pc of UK's trade. This has helped create jobs in the export sector and is an important determinant of UK growth.

Harmonisation of rules and regulations which have reduced costs for business.

Co-operation in helping to crack down on terrorism, drug trafficking and organised crime.

Huge benefits for deprived areas of the UK through funding of regeneration, etc.

KATE DUNBAR

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