Letters: Time to stop behaving like children and tell us the truth about Europe

I, like millions of others in the UK, have still not decided which way I am going to vote in the forthcoming EU referendum; or if I am actually going to bother to vote at all.

Sunday, 22nd May 2016, 2:05 pm
Updated Sunday, 22nd May 2016, 3:10 pm

We still have over a month to go before the date of the actual referendum, so based on the latest polls, it will be the undecided within the electorate who will make or break each campaign.

Those who are currently campaigning for the UK to leave the EU are telling us that one of the major benefits of a so-called Brexit is that our annual contribution to the EU budget of £13bn – which realistically is more like £8bn when you take into account what the UK receives back from the EU in its annual rebate – could be spent on the NHS if the UK votes to leave the EU.

Note, that they have only used the word could, and not would.

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A major benefactor of one of the three Leave campaigns went on the record in a recent speech in the USA saying that he is actually in favour of the NHS being broken up and privatised.

A statement which is clearly at odds with what the other two Leave campaigns are saying about the future funding of the NHS.

Then we have the Prime Minister, and those in the Remain campaign, saying that if the UK votes to leave the EU it would kick-start a sequence of events that might cause the total disintegration of the EU; which could then result in parts of the continent ending up waging all-out war with each other.

Talking about war, it is abundantly clear that the three groups in favour of a Brexit cannot, and will not, settle their differences, even if it assists them to achieve their ultimate goal of a Brexit.

So wide is the chasm between them that they are even contemplating settling their differences in the courts.

One has to seriously consider if the same civil war would then not be carried over into a post-Brexit UK Government? It is suspected that a least two thirds of the Conservative Party are Eurosceptic, which is why I think this referendum is not about what the British people want, but has more to do with the internal strife within the Conservative Party.

I am not a fan or a detractor of the EU, but it is hard to ignore the only cold hard fact in this debate, which is that the EU has by and large helped to keep the peace in Europe for almost 70 years.

The truth of the matter is that both campaigns are being fought without either side actually being able to state categorically what would happen if the UK was to vote to leave the EU.

All we keep hearing from both sides of the argument is nothing but conjecture and scaremongering.

Both sides need to stop acting like children, start behaving like responsible adults, and start giving us the facts surrounding this issue.

Only then would the UK’s electorate be able to make a rational and informed decision over whether to leave; or stay in the EU.