YP Letters: Tories hitting pensioners hard while Brexit debate rages

From: Terry Duncan, Greame Road, Bridlington.

Theresa May triggered Brexit's Article 50 yesterday.

WITH Brexit taking up so much debate, other Government decisions are hitting pensioners unnoticed.

The Tory regime has decided to pass on the cost of welfare, in many cases to local authorities to make a decision on where the money should be spent.

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Here, Tory-controlled East Riding Council has increased the local tax by more than four per cent. In my case that means one week of my total monthly state pension being swallowed up to pay the local council tax.

I’ll be carefully considering next time whence goes my vote, both locally and nationally.

From: Paul Muller, Sandal, Wakefield.

FOR many hundreds of years, Europe was at war killing one another because of sovereignty and domination of one state over another. There are many things wrong within Europe that need to be put right. To leave the European marriage is not the right way to do it. From the beginning of human history, people from one nation or tribe have moved around the world because we are an inquisitive race of peoples.

From: R Martin Downs, Main Street, Linton-on-Ouse, York.

THERE is no possibility that an independent Scotland could use sterling as its currency as it could seriously impact upon the value and stability of the pound. So come on, Nicola Sturgeon, get on with your referendum. My money is on a no vote and a welcome back to Alex Salmond who will replace you.

From: Terry Palmer, South Lea Avenue, Hoyland, Barnsley.

CONTRARY to warnings we keep hearing, I believe that the chances of an exit deal under Article 50 are not all that bad now it has been triggered by Theresa May. The problems are solvable as long as both sides adhere to a simple principle that Brexit should be an opportunity not for the EU to earn a quick euro or for the UK to dodge the direct costs to the EU that will result from its decision.

From: Ian Oglesby, Stamford Bridge, York.

FACED with growing dissent in member states and escalating problems of the common currency, a bureaucratic, corrupt EU, controlled by an unelected elite, must alter. After fundamental change in Brussels, some re-connection with the UK might be on the cards but if the EU pursues a myopic, vindictive approach to our exit, forget it.