BREXIT: We can take back control

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I believe Mr Clark has missed the main reason for which people voted leave in the EU referendum, namely to return our country to being a self-governing democracy, in control of our laws, our borders and our money, (News Guardian, January 4).

For 40 years, we have had rules and regulations imposed on us by the unelected in Brussels, with no scrutiny by our parliament.

In this way, we have had no control over farming, fishing, sales taxes and trade.

The future outside the EU is bright. We are a major economy, with historic links of language and common law with numerous nations.

We will be free to negotiate our own trade deals with countries worldwide, such as the fast-growing Pacific rim, where Trade Secretary Liam Fox is already actively strengthening links.

I think the EU has an abysmal record on trade deals, which has cost consumers dearly in higher prices.

We’ll continue to trade with EU countries: most nations do not belong to the EU, yet they all have access to its markets.

Whatever trade relationship is agreed, the share of the EU in the UK’s trade will continue to fall as the EU is declining in relative importance in the world.

The dire predictions of ‘Project Fear’ have not materialised.

There is every reason to be optimistic.

The UK is a great economy, an important military power and a global financial centre, but our prospects were held back by the limits of a narrow European group.

Now we can look worldwide again, while having opportunities to improve employment, farming, fishing and VAT, and provide extra funds for public services.

Key to Brexit is the fact that we will, once again, be able to elect those who make our laws, and to vote them out at the next election if we are dissatisfied with their performance.

That’s why 17.4 million people voted leave.

Ian Wallace

Whitley Bay