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Quit the haggling

Ever since leaving the EU talk started (two and a half years), I don’t remember reading one single letter that mentioned the millions of pounds it has cost us to be told what we could and couldn’t do in the past or whether we are still paying that now while all the haggling is going on, nor what I’d like to know, if we are still paying, will that stop the same day we come out of the EU.

We need that money back in England. The EU heads that have been enjoying our money are going to miss it.

No wonder they are not giving us any help to leave and are laughing at all our MPs that keep arguing and delaying the decisions, and we most certainly must not pay them the enormous sum to leave that Mrs May was talking about.

J Lawrence, Address supplied

Making voices heard

On Saturday I joined a coach of marchers from Malmesbury‎ heading for London.

Good people of all ages joining a million more to making our voices heard.

As we marched, Parliament sat for the first time on a Saturday in 37 years.

Our call on MPs is that the Prime Minister’s deal, when all its disastrous content is known, should go back to the people to decide to leave on this basis or to remain in the EU.

The detail of the Prime Minister’s deal that removes safeguards on environmental standards and workers’ rights and a real threat to the continuation of the United Kingdom shows the reality of leaving the EU.

Nor would such a move end the arguments and debates as year of tortuous trade negotiations with Europe would lie ahead. James Gray appears to welcome all this continuing chaos. I do not.

Remaining or leaving impacts all our futures and those of our children and grandchildren. Only we voters have the right to make such a fundamental and informed decision.

A million marched. I was proud to be among them.

Let us hope MPs heard us loud and clear and give us the final say on our future with the EU.

Dr Brian Mathew, Lib Dem Prospective MP for North Wiltshire

New green deal needed

The loss of 500 jobs at the Dyson electric car project is a blow to those concerned, their families and Malmesbury.‎ It is also a serious comment on the lack of support for green technology development by this Government.

Following their 2015 ‎election victory one of the first acts by the Conservative Government was to scrap the Lib Dem inspired Green Investment Bank. The Bank had been created in part to help fund breakthroughs in green technology. This approach is key to our sustainable economic, social and environmental futures.

Such developments include the turning of single use plastic rubbish back into valuable oils being pioneered in Swindon by Recycling ‎Technologies.

New businesses are a risk with no guarantee of success especially those that push the environment and socially responsible boundaries. Having had the privilege of working at The Body Shop with the late Anita Roddick for many years, I applaud this entrepreneurial spirit‎.

Despite this blow, magnificent Malmesbury will continue to flourish. I also wish those who face an uncertain future at Dyson all good luck. I also hope their work to create ever stronger battery power will go on to great success‎.

Meanwhile our Government locally and nationally must wake up to support a “green new deal” that puts sustainability and combating climate change at the heart of all we do.

Gavin Grant, Lib Dem Wiltshire Councillor

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