Passing the buck on the referendum

Passing the buck on the referendum

I am not a Euro sceptic, but I am a referenda sceptic. I was in my 30s when Harold Wilson called the referendum on joining the Common Market.

Despite being a lifelong Labour supporter I felt affronted that the clever people we had voted into government were now passing the buck to the common people to decide, and so I voted against.

Now in my 70s, I am voting to stay in the E.U out of loyalty to “the Club”. Simples!

June Jones, Swansea

Europe? None of your business!

I have just read the comment on the referendum in the ‘Senior Moment` section in the March paper and it has left me very angry. says there is a correlation between attitude to the UK`s membership of the E.U and the age of the voter, stating that indications show that the over 60s are leaning towards leaving. What business is it of we oldies to vote to come out? We have lived our lives and benefitted from being in the E.U.

What about those who have retired to the warmer E.U. countries? What will happen to them? Will they have to return to the U.K. if we vote to leave the E.U.? Will they continue to enjoy reciprocal health services free at the point of need if they remain in their chosen retirement country within the E.U?

I heard a person on a radio `phone- in, saying that their 91 year old aunty will be voting to leave the E.U. What business is it of hers? What business is it of mine at 80 years old? This decision should be for the young whose future is at stake.

I am making it my business to listen to the young people, who seem to be keen to stay in the E.U and I will vote accordingly.

Liz Charles, Hull

Give us the facts

With the referendum on leaving the E.U in the offing, could you inform us poor mortals of all the pros and cons, the fors and againsts and a full review of the differences leaving would have?

Mrs RE Boyd

Why specifics?

It is absurd that those seeking to keep the UK within the EU should constantly demand from their opponent’s detailed plans for life outside.

When in the darkest days of the last war Churchill spoke of moving forward to broad, sunlit uplands, we all knew what he meant and no intelligent person required a comprehensive summary of the desired outcome.

The exact form it will take will develop in time but we will know that we shall be on the right path.

Colin Bullen by email

EU for peace

I was born 8 years after the end of the Great War. The head master at my elementary school suffered from shell shock; he was a physical and mental wreck. I was at grammar school when WW2 broke out. By the end of that war all my classmates were serving in the armed forces. One did not survive. This was the third war between France and Germany in 69 years.

Since the end of WW2 we have lived for 71 years without a war involving all Europe. My son is now too old to be conscripted into the forces but my major concern is that my grandsons should not have to risk their lives. So long as the E.U exists, another European war is prevented. It is important that we do not destabilise it further.

Don Gardiner, Ware