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Teaming up with rest of Europe our best option

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THE recent increase in support for UKIP is depressing and worrying. I can’t see cutting ourselves adrift from Europe will help the UK – in fact, the reverse. For a country to be successful, size matters; which is why the US and China do well. Britain became very rich because it had the Empire to provide that necessary, huge market, but that is no more. Teaming up with the rest of Europe was our best option.

Modern products are complex and expensive to produce, which is why major British manufacturers treat Europe, with its lack of border control, as though it were a single country.

A prime example is the aircraft industry. The days when aircraft were relatively cheap to make and short-lived are no more: today, a passenger or transport plane costs billions to design and build and then will be in service for decades.

Many of the old European aircraft firms have got together so that manufacturing cost is spread over most European countries. For Airbus, England and Wales are the main assembly points for the wings. If I remember correctly, the work on the wing assemblies alone provides Britain with employment for some 12,000 people. What would happen if we were no longer part of the EU?

What’s this nonsense about Europeans being foreigners? Since most of us have a common ancestry and language, we can’t be that different. What’s wrong with adding to the gene pool? It’s been good for us in the past.

DERRICK HOLT Fortnam Close Headington

Today’s letters

Be safe and stay out of quarries this summer

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10:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

LAST year, during a two-month period of unusually warm weather, six people drowned in former quarry lakes across the UK.

Lots of work needs to be done on this route

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10:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

I am writing concerning reports of the city council’s surplus cash. What are the council doing sitting on all that cash? (‘Only £15,000 spent from £362,000’, Oxford Mail, July 14).

HS2 money could be better spent elsewhere

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10:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

SITTING out early in my garden these beautiful mornings, I can hear the Birmingham to Marylebone trains thundering past and it made me wonder why anyone would want to go faster than that, bearing in mind the HS2. Surely if you order a full English breakfast on the Birmingham to Marylebone train now, you would not have time for the toast and marmalade.

Bringing peace would be a huge step forward

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10:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

WITH all the dreadful loss of life in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq and now Palestine, it is difficult to know where to start. But the injustice, stupidity and illegality of Israeli attacks on Gaza spurs me to write.

Infrastructure is under pressure and new measures are needed

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10:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

There is a clear need to provide transport links from the north-west Bicester eco town to the town centre. However, the potential to improve transport for the much larger Bicester of the future must also be seized.

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