Why put all of Britain’s advantages at risk by leaving EU?

Dear Editor,

Thanks to the British High Commissioner for his response to my column on Brexit in which I was critical of Britain’s referendum decision to leave the European Union and foresaw a reduced status and diminished role for Britain as a result (‘The UK is here to stay’ Sunday Stabroek, October 18).

The time and care which the High Commissioner, whom I know to be a conscientious and knowledgeable holder of his post, has taken in putting forward the case for Britain remaining as relevant as before is much appreciated. I for one will hope that his account is not misguided and that Britain’s influence for good in the world remains unaffected.

We should know much more when negotiations between Britain and the European Union are concluded. In the meanwhile I agree with Mr Quinn that Britain is now  the EU’s largest trading partner and vice versa, is one of the largest economies in the world, possesses a legal system respected around the world, is open to foreign investment, encourages innovation, is an easy place to do business, has an enviable talent for creativity and possesses some of the best universities in the world, is a strong advocate for the rules-based international system, supports democracy and human rights around the world, is an advocate for free trade, continues admirably to meet its obligations to spend 0.7% of GDP on development assistance, works hard for the security of friends and allies and is a major military power. All to the good. But, as the High Commissioner says, Britain is all these things as part of the European Union.

Why then at least put them at risk by leaving? It is not important that I am asking the question. It is very important that a majority of young people in Britain are asking it.

Yours faithfully,

Ian McDonald

Comments  

Rasul’s vote for parking meter contract a betrayal of Team Benschop

Dear Editor, In response to a few queries concerning the questionable voting by Sunil Rasul, who has cast his personal vote in support of the parking meter contract, I wish to make it pellucidly clear that Rasul has been occupying the council seat illegally since November of 2017, and without the support of Team Benschop.

The CJIA should not be profiling Rastafari and those with locks

  Dear Editor, On the last four occasions and as recently as January 18th, 2018, whilst an outgoing passenger at Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Timehri, I was asked to open my locks so that someone could run their hands through my hair.

Police charged wrong suspects and say the file on real suspects is lost

Dear Editor, I was the victim of a shooting incident that occurred in front of my Zorg business premises in Region 2 some time ago.

The lethargy of the police is getting worse now that there is Wifi at police stations

Dear Editor, I was elated that our Commissioner of Police (ag), Mr David Ramnarine announced that his detectives had solved 77% of the murders or 88 cases out of 116.

Eight not nine

Dear Editor, Our union was bemused after it read that Agriculture Minister Noel Holder is being quoted in the January 16, 2018 Kaieteur News as saying that “in 1992, GuySuCo had nine estates and 38,000 workers”.

Your browser is out-of-date!

Update your browser to view this website correctly.

We built stabroeknews.com using new technology. This makes our website faster, more feature rich and easier to use for 95% of our readers.
Unfortunately, your browser does not support some of these technologies. Click the button below and choose a modern browser to receive our intended user experience.

Update my browser now

×