To Brexit or not to Brexit

Andy Munro would like some straight answers.

I was hoping to make a decision not based on a gut reaction, eg. I hate bureaucracy (Brexit); my daughter is taking up residence in France (not to Brexit). However every paper that I read has a biased stance and the Electoral Commission’s leaflet is worse than useless merely spouting misleading facts from both sides which I suppose is meant to ‘balance’ things up. Have I the time or the will to spend hours reading and researching? No!

So here’s a few questions that maybe Birmingham Press readers can answer….

– Since we joined the EU, how much have we put in and how much have we taken out (This includes agricultural subsidies etc)?
– How does this compare with Germany and France?
– How many EU immigrants have arrived in this country in the last five years?
– How many refugees have we accepted in the last year?
– In both cases, how does this compare with Germany and France and is it pro rata in relation to the land mass?
– What proportion of the EU budget goes on administration and how approx. does that compare with the proportion spent on governing the UK?
– What proportion of our exports go to EU countries and what proportion go outside?
– Why would it be more difficult to export to EU countries if we left bearing in mind we all rely on each other and businesses have existing , longstanding trade relations?
– Similarly the position on imports.

Answers on the back of a virtual postcard please. ‘

3 thoughts on “To Brexit or not to Brexit

  1. these questions are irrelevant. The big issue is war. The EU was started to prevent war after two world wars. And it has worked. Where there is no EU – as in the Ukraine – we have already had violent conflict. And if the separatists win in Engalnd and wales and Scotland vote to stay in, its good by UKIP. UKIP has no idea the celts don’t want what they talk about.

    The EU gives stability. Anything else is chaos.


  2. Trevor….everybody is entitled to their opinion and mine is that other issues such as the immigrant ‘problem’ (if there is one?) and the economy are important in making a decision

  3. The Remains say the economy is the number one issue…the Brexits say it is immigration. The former works from a platform of hope. The latter feeds on fear

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