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Dear Sir... Readers' Views (30/06/16)

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Brexit is just one in a long line of exits

I am struggling to understand the extraordinary media coverage being given to the June 23 results on the Brexit referendum. This is not the first time that Britain is exiting.

In fact the first Brexit was on July 4,1776, when the USA declared itself as no longer part of the British Empire.

Subsequently, there were Brexits from Ireland in 1921, from India in 1947, from Hong Kong in 1997 and from the rest of the British colonies that Britain had occupied in the imperialist era.

In the 21st century there were Brexits from Iraq and Afghanistan. Even superpowers like the former USSR had to exit from Afghanistan in 1988 and the USA from Vietnam in 1973.

One of the issues that was debated in the Brexit referendum was immigration.

I am unable to understand how Britain can complain about immigration when they occupied nearly 70% of the world during her imperial past.

The previous exits by Britain and the other superpowers left entire nations divided.

Ireland was left divided between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, India was left divided between India and Pakistan, Korea between North and South Korea and Vietnam between North and South Vietnam.

It seems the Brexit of June 23 will leave Britain divided if Scotland decides to leave Britain and Northern Ireland decides to unify with the Republic of Ireland.

We are certainly heading for interesting times.

Arun Mathur
26 Kingswood
Co Cork

Considering Brexit has happened what do we do in Ireland should we not follow suit and leave the EU and rejoin the commonwealth where there’s two billion people and they would be potential customers. We could have markets in Canada, Australia New Zealand and dozens of other countries with no trade barriers.

We are a wealthy country in natural resources and w e do need a new deal for our fishing industry. That is essential if they are to survive and get rid of austerity measures once and for all, which were imposed on us by the bailout of Anglo Irish Bank.

Our political leaders of the time have a lot to answer for and all of this will eleminate the border and hopefully bring a united Ireland.

Noel Harrington
Co Cork
Eamon de Valera said that the people have no right to do wrong. When the politicians abandon their duty in preparation for referenda, the odds on wrong being the outcome are heightened. Witness the Brexit referendum and our own same sex referendum.
Anthony J. Jordan
52 Gilford Road
Dublin 4

For nearly two decades I have been speaking to gatherings throughout the UK on the need to end its political relationship with the EU, not in view of the trading and customs arrangements but because no country should ever submerge its sovereignty into an alien grouping.

It would be similar to our trading relationship with China entering a political level with Beijing instructing our Federal Parliament to pass 60% or more of our laws from the size and composition of our bananas to control of our borders.

My concern has always been the sovereignty of the Crown of the United Kingdom under which our Australian Constitution was established.

Even though our constitutional Crown is separate and individually Australian, it is, at the same time, the same Crown which is shared with all sixteen Realms and any impingement on the sovereignty of the Crown of the United Kingdom can potentially be an impingement on our own Crown.

This is why I have been fighting strenuously for Britain to leave the EU.

Now that the vote has been taken to leave, Britain will again be able to stand on its own two feet. Republicans and others say that we should exit from the monarchy because the EU is one of our largest trading partners, but this is not correct.

Our Australian Constitution is sovereign and has nothing to do with either the government or Parliament of the United Kingdom or with the EU. Furthermore, if you take out trade with the UK most trade with the rest of Europe, particularly Germany and soon to be France, is in their favour, not Australia’s.

A stronger Britain can only mean a stronger Australia.

For years I have also been advocating a closer union of the Commonwealth Realms.

We, the UK and countries like Canada should be like brothers and sisters and yet we are, in many ways, strangers. Even our own High Court in 1999 declared the United Kingdom to be a “foreign power”. Brexit provides an opportunity for a closer arrangement to now occur.

For many years I have also been active in promoting a special entry into the United Kingdom for subjects of the Queen.

It is reprehensible that Australians, whose forefathers fought for Britain in Europe in two world wars are directed to the ‘Aliens’ or ‘Others’ gate and whilst there has been success in including Australians in being able to enter through the UK ePassport gates, Britain will need to vastly improve its treatment of us and other Commonwealth citizens as it will now be reliant upon special trading arrangements with us all.

Undoubtedly, however, the European Union will renegotiate existing trading arrangements with the United Kingdom to suit both.

The only main difference being that Brussels will no longer be able to exercise control over British law, British sovereignty and British borders.

The rantings of the Australian Republican Movement that Brexit gives impetus to their inane move to ditch the Queen are nothing but ridiculous and show how shallow their arguments are and indeed have always been.

Brexit is not about the Queen but about control by Britons of their own constitution just as the 1999 referendum was about Australians valuing Australia’s system of constitutional monarchy and not wanting a bar of a politician’s republic.

Philip Benwell
National Chair of the
Australian Monarchist League

I think it would be the appropiate time to paraphrase both Napoleon and Oscar Wilde together in the aftermath of the woeful result of the Brexit referendum.

For it seems that Britain is a nation of shopkeepers who know the price of everything but the value of nothing.

Sean O’Brien
Carnanes South
Co Clare

One can only laugh at Little Englanders having committing the greatest act of mass harakiri in human history.

They have managed to split the United Kingdom, young people from the old, natives from foreigners, working class voters from Labour, and internally the Conservative and Labour parties. These splits are so bitter and nasty that the wounds are unlikely to heal for decades.

Despite the gloom expressed by outsiders about a Brexit, this is only short term. In the longer term the Brexit can only be positive for Europe and Ireland.

Europe will be rid of an annoying little pest that has been a thorn in its side since Margaret Thatcher, allowing it to proceed with closer integration without hindrance.

As for Ireland, we will have to become a proper independent country and not the pretend one that is really a British overseas dependency.

Economically we will be forced to loosen our ties with the UK, broadening our horizons, opening new markets, and making us more resilient to weather future economic shocks.

The end of the common travel area will be good for us, because without having a British solution to Irish problems of housing, employing and educating our excess population, we will have to fix these problems ourselves.

These are not problems, but exciting challenges that will make us a better country and people.

Ireland will do just fine so long as we have dynamic, decisive and visionary leadership that can see opportunities where others only see problems, that looks to the future instead of clinging to the past, and that faces facts and reality instead of sticking its head in the sand. The only question is whether that leadership is there?

Jason Fitzharris
Rivervalley, Swords
Co Dublin

IFA levies decision is simply astonishing

The recent decision by IFA to still take levies from members as astonishing and is showing that they have learned nothing from the recent executive salaries fiasco.

Farmers have demanded accountability which they are not getting with the levies system still being used to fund IFA and this is sure to go down very badly with members.

I am sure most farmers around the country will now check their marts, factories and co-op dockets for these levies to any of our farming organisations to cancel them, which many were unaware off in the first place.

The recent free fall of milk price to dairy farmers is going unchallenged by farming leaders and many are now making that link that prevents action taking place.

The levies must be stopped immediately to get farming organisations and their leaders to represent farmer’s interests first.

The question must be asked why the farming organisations don’t trust their own members to replace the levies with annual monthly contributions membership system.

Now they are expecting the old system that definitely gives them a conflict of interest to remain and are showing contempt for many of their members’ wishes.

Michael Flynn
Agriculture Commentator Rathgormack Carrick-on-Suir Co Waterford


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