LETTER: This week we saw ‘B-Day’

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This week saw B-Day, that’s Brexit Day or Bloody Hell she’s actually done it Day.

The prime minister has triggered Article 50 and so negotiations will begin with Brussels to divorce the UK from the world’s richest market.

In two years’ time the UK will be cast adrift on unknown economic waters and might, just might, have to rely on the kindness of strangers.

Over 70 per cent of those aged 24 and under who voted in the referendum wanted to remain in the EU.

They are the generation whose future will be most badly affected by Brexit, and they have been inexcusably ignored.

It is, mainly, their grandparents’ generation, misled by the liars who promised £350 million a day for the NHS, who have won a pyrrhic victory.

Ukip councillor, Alan Latham of Seaford, has announced he has left Ukip to join the Tories because his and its goal of leaving the EU had been achieved.

Is this an admission that Ukip is a one trick pony?

It would seem so when, on the national stage, David Carswell the Kippers’ only MP followed suit and announced he was leaving Ukip because he too had achieved his aim of leaving the EU.

It is the true patriots, those living in the present and not the past, who voted remain. They could see just how bleak the future will look in 2018.

It was their clarity of vision that helped to recognise, among almost countless problems, that the government’s refusal to guarantee the position of EU nationals working here endangers our children’s education.

In 2015, according to the Department of Education, 5,000 teachers from the EU qualified to teach here. There is still a worrying shortage of teachers nationally.

Even the lunch-time takeaway sandwich could be in danger because of Brexit. Pret A Manger says that only one in 50 of its job applicants is a UK national.

More seriously, Britain’s sickly social care system employs some 92,000 EU care workers. Last month Jeremy Hunt told the health select committee that the system would be unable to operate without EU workers.

These workers, of course, have been given no guarantee of job security when Brexit is a reality. Shamefully, these and other workers from EU countries are being used as human pawns by the vicar’s daughter in Number 10.

IMF boss, Christine Lagarde said earlier this year: ”We have done our homework and we haven’t found anything positive to say about a Brexit vote”. Well as Michael Gove infamously insisted, you can’t trust experts.

Much, much more can be said in favour of the European Union and against a hard Brexit and the lunatic idea that the United Kingdom need not be a member of the Single Market.

I am indebted to Rory Bremner for pointing out that a leading MP in February last year said that “leaving the Single Market [will] embroil the government for several years... in negotiating new arrangements, so diverting energy from the real problems of this country... that have nothing to do with Europe”.

What a difference high office makes. The MP was Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

Alan Whittaker,

Chairman, Wealden Lib Dems