DESPITE its proximity and influence the EU did not help bring peace to Croatia, Bosnia or Herzogovina and nor in France right now.

Ireland, Spain, Portugal and in particular Greece, with near poverty have had a poor 10 years.

They are emerging but still struggling now.

The EU economically has become a high cost, high inward tariff, high unemployment (except for the UK), inward focused bloc and is lagging several other countries in the world.

There is a more prosperous future being independent, still trading with the EU plus looking out to the world where 60 per cent of our exports go.

Alex Scott Via email