From: KE Nichols, Drury Close, Pannal, Harrogate.
I CANNOT find a single reason for remaining a member of the EU and will vote to leave the organisation if given the opportunity to do so.
In 1975 I was persuaded by Edward Heath to continue the UK’s membership of the Common Market. Before he died, Mr Heath admitted the long-term plan had always been a closer union.
I have given a lot of thought to our position as a net contributor to this dictatorial, undemocratic, totalitarian, federalist organisation and I want out; the sooner the better.
No one in their right mind would continue to make large donations to an organisation whose accounts have not been signed off by the auditors in almost 20 years, owing, it is said, to corruption.
How simple it would be to apply these funds in the reduction of our (increasing) deficit.
From: Nigel F Boddy, Fife Road, Darlington.
AS it becomes more and more obvious each day that passes that Greece is going to leave the euro, can the British people offer the Irish people the opportunity to come back into the sterling zone? We had a currency union for about 60 years. In the circumstances, the Irish people may prefer to use sterling.
From: Ian Oglesby, High Catton Road, Stamford Bridge, York.
GWYNNE Dyer’s recent article states that President Putin was wrong to take back the Crimea and wish to have a say over Eastern Ukraine.
A far greater wrong was the EU policy to entice countries with struggling economies and not expect Russia to ignore those activities in Ukraine and the Baltic States, on its borders.
Recently we heard President Obama’s comments upon the enlarging EU and this confirms my opinion that we should get out of the EU.
The Iraq War with US as prime instigator was an appalling error but it could pale with insignificance as the creep of the EU is totally irresponsible and oblivious to the side effects.
If conflict develops, neither Nato nor the EU will have my support.
From: Dave Croucher, Pinfold Gardens, Doncaster.
STOP, stop, stop! Enough is enough. In the past 10 days or so, we have seen 68 illegal immigrants found in containers in Harwich (four Polish drivers detained), 51 illegal immigrants in containers at Immingham (Hungarian driver detained) and 27 in a container lorry stopped on the A1 (French driver detained).
This cannot go on. We simply have not got the room to accommodate the non-stop influx of illegal immigrants. It is no wonder Ukip gained so many votes at the election.
The Government needs to take drastic action now. They could start by banning from the UK the vehicles of the companies who own the lorries, ban all goods vehicle drivers from those countries from driving in the UK.
Also, take the countries responsible for these drivers to the famous “European Court of Human Rights” to claim compensation for the expense, work and repatriation of all of these “illegal” immigrants.
Only then will the firms, drivers and stowaways come to find it is not worth the risk.
From: Coun Tim Mickleburgh (Lab), Boulevard Avenue, Grimsby
THE Europhiles amongst us still peddle the line that millions of UK jobs would be at risk if we pulled out of the European Union. I beg to disagree.
For if you’re a successful European-owned company making a profit out of your dealings in the UK, then you’re going to want to continue trading regardless of whether we are in the UK or not.
So why does the pro-EU lobby seem to think otherwise?
From: Hilary Andrews, Nursery Lane, Leeds.
JUST back from a visit to southern Spain. What fantastic roads even into the remotest village. It would be nice to think the UK had as good a share of the EU money especially given the amount we pay in.
Educate them on alcohol
From: Stephen English, Bishop Thornton, Harrogate.
IN response to the article by Rob Parsons (The Yorkshire Post, June 18) about families opening their hearts over recent drownings and their video bid to prevent more tragedies, first and foremost my heart goes out to Jackie Roberts who tragically lost her student daughter to the River Ouse in York.
To the best of my knowledge, there have been several similar occurrences in recent years.
I am a landlord of several student properties in Lawrence Street in York and have previously resided there for 25 years. During that time my local pub was frequently visited by students between the hours of 6pm and 9pm.
Pre-loading has become an issue with the student population. After working away from home in the construction industry for 40 years, I have seen some serious ‘boozing’, but what I have witnessed from some groups of students is quite frankly frightening.
I am all for students enjoying themselves, but education on the dangers of excessive drinking should be the priority.
I am not suggesting that all the tragedies mentioned in the article are drink-related, but certainly the student population in York would benefit from an awareness of what can happen after a night of heavy alcohol consumption.