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UK can stand on its own two feet.

A REFERENDUM on our EU membership is probably the most important event to take place in the early part of the 21st century.

David Cameron has come up with four wishy-washy demands that will amount to nothing useful being gained for the British people.

The question is, do we want to be an independent sovereign country able to make our own laws, control our own borders and make our own trade deals with the rest of the world, or do we want to become one of 28+ EU states controlled by un-elected leaders who are far removed from reality, spending tax payers' money as if it were water.

The EU may well be the world's biggest trading block, but that means nothing at all when we have an annual PS40bn trade deficit with the rest of the EU.

Even our exports to the EU are fiddled to look bigger than they actually are. British exports destined for the rest of the world but which pass through ports like Rotterdam are counted as exports to Europe Unfortunately, Labour MEPs never give us the real facts on such matters but are quick enough to condemn UKIP for telling the truth.

The truth is Labour would have us stay in the EU regardless of the cost to the British people. History shows us that we have traded with Europe for thousands of years, long before the EU was a twinkle in General de Gualle and Edward Heath's eyes.

So why are so many people so willing to write us off? Please have some faith in the greatest country the world has ever known - "Great Britain".

ALAN PIPER, UKIP councillor

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 10, 2015
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