EUROPE: UK is only one of 28 members

Please may I thank Peter Fuller of Wansbeck Green Party for his response (Morpeth Herald, March 31) to my letter (Morpeth Herald, March 24), in which he explains in greater detail, the administration of the EU.

Yes! But the UK is only one of the 28 member countries.

It is noted that The largest British party is UKIP.

But the ‘I’ therein means Independence, which is that which the referendum is all about.

Will the correspondent please tell us the names of ‘The top five agricultural machinery (manufacturing) companies in the UK by sales volume’, and which of those make machines other than pneumatic tyred diesel tractors?

The question is: If Britain was no longer an EU member, would it return to it’s former place of being a major manufacturer and leading exporter of farm machinery, e.g. combine harvesters, balers, forage harvesters, cultivation implements and more importantly from a ‘Green’ perspective, irrigation equipment?

Agriculture is probably the largest and most important industry in the world. So there is a big market world-wide for agricultural and forestry equipment of which the UK should be getting a fair share by using that ‘cheap or dumped’ steel imported from Tata in India or China.

The closure and proposed closure of foreign-owned steel plants shows that the ‘inward investmenti that this Government is so keen to promote, must not be relied upon to safeguard the employment of British workers.

If the trades unions would allow it to happen, Britain might even build commercial ships again.

I believe that we, as a nation, would soon learn how to sell to the whole world once more if our people vote ‘Leave’.

While writing, may I ask Peter and/or his Party, if the time can be visualised when farm machinery is powered by electricity from renewable sources to alleviate the use of polluting fossil fuels?

It is so sad that old Norman for one, dare not vote ‘Green’, having seen instances of the only Green Party MP supporting the trades union controlled opposition.

Norman Bateman

Low Espley

Morpeth