The point made by R W Standing (Letters, March 10) that EU referendum voters will be inclined to vote for the devil they know rather than the devil they do not, chimes with my own belief that enthusiasm for Brexit will be less popular with younger voters than it will be with those old enough to remember life in Britain before it got buried beneath the present day stultifying morass of EU rules red tape and diktats.
A Brexit vote for instance will allow Britain to return its fishing industry back to what it was before Brussels – in the 1970s – imposed the present system which in brief, allows French and Spanish trawlers to also fish British grounds on a rota basis. This meant Britain’s deep sea fishing went from profitable, full time working, to effectively working one day in every three.
This virtually destroyed the industry while swelling unemployment queues throughout East Anglia.
Having fished North Sea grounds myself in the 1960s, letters I was still receiving from contacts in Lowestoft in the 1970s certainly didn’t make our joining the then Common Market seem a good idea.
A Brexit vote will reverse this process simply by reinstating our deep water fishing to full time working. With the EU ‘yoke’ lifted , production of new build vessels, vastly increased trawler maintenance and support services will flourish such as we once had in every East Coast port from Lowestoft to Lerwick.
Brexit will mean new employment opportunities in both managerial and labouring skills – isn’t this ability to produce a saleable commodity – in this case – freshly caught fish exactly what Britain’s economy needs? Isn’t being unable to vote on EU policy decisions precisely what is holding us back?
This is not only what makes the forthcoming referendum so important, it also makes it imperative Britain votes ‘Brexit’.
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