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ONCE again Don Bargery favours us with his ignorant prejudices and confused arguments (‘Blame Major’ Letters).

ONCE again Don Bargery favours us with his ignorant prejudices and confused arguments (‘Blame Major’ Letters).

By the ‘1994 Maastricht Agreement’, he presumably means the 1992 Maastricht Treaty. Of course Major disgracefully ‘fudged’ it, but unlike Labour’s manifesto commitment to a referendum on the Lisbon Constitution, the Tories gave no such undertaking on Maastricht.

He falsely claims that the Constitution was accepted by all 27 member states. The people of France, Holland and Ireland all at various times rejected it, and this should have killed it off - three times over. But the EU does not obey its own rules.

In a classic non-sequitur, he argues that negotiated red lines/safeguards render a referendum superfluous. Yet these safeguards expire after five years. Does he suggest a referendum then?

Mr Bargery seems unable to grasp that the EU is not a party political issue. The political establishment, involving all three main parties, has betrayed us disgracefully for years over this issue. They have dissembled and deceived, squandering our money and surrendering our sovereignty. The British people deserve, and public opinion should demand, a referendum on our withdrawal from this Soviet-inspired oligarchy.

JR Nurcombe, Marcliff Crescent, Shirley.

 

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