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We need full euro debate

The letter from Nagindas Khajuria (Britain and the euro, page 15, 21 June) is all too typical of those who wish to railroad the voters of the UK into accepting the inevitability of increasing immersion in Europe.

Far from this being the ‘time for action’ we still need to have a full debate about the euro, and not just on the short-term economic benefits.

His statement that Europe is a local market with a 2000-year-old cultural and civilisation background similar to us is breathtaking in its ignorance of the last 400 years of British history. We have in fact spent much of this period resolving bloody wars caused by fundamental European ethnic and political problems.

Are we really ready to surrender our sovereignty to a German superstate and set aside so casually the sacrifices made by so many? Yes, the economic arguments set out by Mr Khajuria are persuasive, but our national strengths have always been multi-faceted, open to the entire world and free of bureaucratic constraints. If we submerge our identity in a club dominated by France and Germany, the principal axis of which is moving further east, we shall become within 50 years a peripheral blob bobbing largely ignored off the coast of this vast incompetent and impenetrable mass.

Geoff Wood, Marlow

You get what you pay for

– I fully agree with calls at the ICAEW’s recent annual conference to increase the yearly subscription fee. How can a leading accounting body have such a poorly-prepared budget that it can’t break even?

It is also silly to ask members to approve a small increase every year.

There should be one increase of #100. If members want a first-class qualification and a first-class service and image, then they should be willing to pay a first-class fee.

Frankie SH Chia, Singapore.

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