From: Nick Stannah, Director, Stannah Group, High Holborn, London.
WITH reference to David Cameron’s speech on the EU, seven out of 10 of our top export markets are in Europe so we are very keen to see a Britain that is actively engaged with the rest of the continent.
Like other British businesses, our priority is stability, so the uncertainty created by a referendum is not ideal.
Nonetheless, we strongly feel that energy must be channelled into finding a way forward which stimulates trade and minimises bureaucracy.
While the eurozone continues to be in a state of flux, we must focus on adapting our offer for fast-growing markets in the Far East where we have experienced huge growth.
British products are prized across the world and despite the distraction of a referendum on the EU, the Government must not lose sight of its need to champion UK industry further afield, while helping exporters control the exchange rate.
From: David W.Wright, Uppleby, Easingwold, North Yorkshire.
DAVID Cameron’s latest publicity stunt to shore-up his ailing Party and the attempt to convince the electorate that his policy on our continued membership of the undemocratic and bureaucratic monster of the EU has fallen on stony ground.
Our so-called partners within the EU will certainly not agree to his request for special relationships which will surely open the doors for other member countries to request special treatment and this will certainly be refused by the ruling Franco/German alliance.
Cameron’s stance is a smokescreen to cover up the problems within his own party but his is ignoring the wider and important issue of ensuring the UK’s role in the world, not just Europe, where we are being controlled by the Brussels regime.
From: Coun Andrew Carter, Con, Calverley & Farsley Ward, Leeds.
WHEN David Cameron, quite rightly, announced that with any luck, we will get a referendum on Europe, I could not help but notice his deputy Nick Clegg sitting alongside him with a face so sour. He promised in his party’s manifesto at the last election that he would support a referendum, then, like much else, Mr Clegg changed his mind. He is a master of saying one thing and doing another.
From: Phyllis Capstick, Hellifield, Skipton.
IN 2017 we might get a vote on whether we want to stay in the European Union, that is if the Conservatives are returned to power (I presume not an alliance).
We have been promised such a vote on previous occasions. The previous Labour government has much to answer for.
From: Graham Hill, Lockington, Near Driffield.
THE French, I understand, think we are all members of a big football club and we Brits want to play rugby. I think we just want to pay the same subscription as the other team members and get our books balanced at the end of each season. The rest of the world is a very big market place.
From: Paul Buckley, Haigh, Barnsley.
THE response by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius that Britain is in a football club and we want to play rugby misses the point. Britain wants to improve Europe for the people of Europe, not for Europe to be managed for the benefit of politicians. It may help Laurent Fabius to say that we want to stay in the football club, but we want to improve things!
From: Karl Sheridan, Selby Road, Holme on Spalding Moor, East Yorkshire.
I VIEW David Cameron’s pledge to hold a referendum on leaving Europe with some trepidation because, contrary to general opinion, I feel that leaving the EU will cause considerable disruption and damage to the UK.
In the 70s when we decided to embrace Europe, it was purely to promote trade. Unfortunately, successive governments have blindly allowed us to become more and more entrenched in the EU and in reality have sold us down the drain.
From: John Gordon, Whitcliffe Lane, Ripon.
DAVID Cameron’s postponement of the referendum may be an astute move to silence the Eurosceptics but it should give us time to consider carefully the advantages of being attached to Europe. These have never been detailed for the ordinary person’s benefit. All we get is the impression that EU human rights laws stop us getting rid of militants.
From: Martin Smith, Main Street, Elvington, York.
I THINK Geoff Marsden is worrying himself needlessly over his dilemma on how to vote in a future referendum on EU membership (Yorkshire Post, January 25), as there is every likelihood that it will not take place. The outcome of the next election will probably be either an outright majority for the Labour Party, or a Labour/Lib Dem coalition with Vince Cable as the leader of the Liberal Democrats.