It's hogwash that we must stay in EU
I see that your (almost) daily correspondent Eric Goodyer was again proclaiming that "our destiny" is in Europe (Mailbox, January 18).
If, as a businessman, he is so in love with the corrupt European Union (EU) and all it stands for, why doesn't he go and practice there, or does its 75 per cent tax rate put him off?
I for one am sick of reading his letters extolling the virtues of the EU.
In his letter "Thatcher saw isolation danger" , (Mailbox, January 18), he quoted part of a passage from her 1988 Bruges speech, viz: "And let me be quite clear. Britain does not dream of some cosy, isolated existence on the fringes of the European community. Our destiny is in Europe , as part of the community."
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Note, she referred to the EC and not the EU – two different entities.
He said he offered this without comment, other than it is a view also clearly held by the UK's business community.
First, let me say he ignored the further remark by Thatcher in the Bruges speech when she said: "Forget a United States of Europe, it will not come!"
Later in her career she saw Europe for what it is. She had seen through the true agenda and the disastrous course on which it was set.
As George West stated in the same Mailbox edition, in reply to an earlier letter of Eric Goodyer, "it is not utter folly to walk away from the EU, but utter folly to stay in".
Lastly, I would ask who elected Mr Goodyer to make a sweeping statement on behalf of the UK's business community?
It is hogwash to think that we, the UK, will sink out of sight if we pull out of the EU.
The countries of Europe will still trade with us as we will continue to do with them, but we will have greater freedom to conduct our affairs with the wider world and at home.
The sooner we have an "in/out" referendum, the better for all.
James Hutchinson, Leicester.