YP Letters: The MP who stuck to her principles in voting against Brexit
I BELIEVE the criticism of the MP for Wakefield, Mary Creagh, as “the sole Yorkshire MP to go against the will of her electorate over Brexit” (The Yorkshire Post, February 7) is unfair but raises important issues about the referendum.
It could equally be said that Mary Creagh was “the only Yorkshire MP to stick to her long held principles by voting to remain in the EU” and showed political courage by voting against Brexit when this may be to her disadvantage at the polls.
It may even be said that some MPs who campaigned to remain in the EU but voted to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to leave the EU did so in order to save their own bacon.
The EU referendum was about the internal problems of the Conservative Party and their fear of Ukip. It was totally inappropriate for a decision on the UK’s membership of the EU. And it has resulted in serious dilemmas for all MPs which should be recognised.
Mary Creagh is one of the few MPs with practical knowledge of both local government and European affairs. She is a committed internationalist with a proud record on issues of human rights, workers rights and the environment. And her principled stance on the Brexit vote deserves respect.
From: TN Balmer, Sicklinghall.
AMONGST all the hot air and feverish discussion about Brexit, no one seems to have considered that when Britain finally Brexits, the EU’s revenue will drop by 15-20 per cent.
If they were running a business they would either have to cut back their overheads, including staff, by a similar figure or increase the subscriptions of remaining members by 20-25 per cent, or will they simply fudge the books once again?
From: Jack Caley, East Newton, Aldbrough, Hull.
YOUR correspondent Aled Jones fears the Brexit effect on wildlife (The Yorkshire Post, February 11).
He is misinformed in some parts though. Europe still allows usage of some pesticides which are banned here, a glaring example is black grass spray, a real problem now for our farmers.
The other is the use of the precautionary principle based on emotion rather than science.
This has also denied European farmers access to GM which has revolutionised agriculture across million and millions of acres worldwide.
Another example is the welfare of pigs in Europe.