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I AM afraid the letter by Mr Murray (November 14) was way off the mark regarding my views on the European Community. Many people on both sides of the argument are making outrageous and spurious allegations to support their own particular viewpoint on our position in Europe.

That is what happens when debate on a subject is stifled or forbidden, usually by those who have the result they want and the power to enforce a ban.

I, and I suspect many others, do not want to detach Britain from Europe.

As Mr Murray rightly points out, we voluntarily entered into a Common Market. We did so after comprehensively debating the subject. It is what happened next that I object to, it is something that the British public did not agree to and have deliberately never been allowed an opinion on.

The crux of the matter is that MPs, after doing what was agreed, took it upon themselves to empire build; they marched into and vastly expanded the Eurozone without the consent or support of the public.

If Mr Murray casts his mind back to the debate and vote which as he says approved joining the Common Market I don't recall anything being said about standing guarantor for 28 or is it 29 other countries, some of which, if my geography teacher was right all those years ago, are in north Africa not Europe. This is akin to buying a TV set and then standing guarantor for Sky, Virgin Media and any other link MPs decide to add on.

I notice that when we had a referendum on joining the Common Market and the result was in favour, there was no criticism of it being 'the device of demagogues and dictators'. Many British people were opposed to joining the Euro, which is why we held back. The reason many of us are equally dubious about our present precarious position in Europe is that it has never been debated openly or explained. In those circumstances, who would want a debate which could, when subject to scrutiny, reveal that their dream of paradise is more a vision of Hell? A referendum on Europe, whatever the outcome, would be preceded by a public debate which would dispel much of the scaremongering going on at the moment. The vote would be decided by the majority not a tiny minority.

JOHN LANGFORD Lepton
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Nov 23, 2011
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