I refer to Mr Taylor's letter to the Messenger of December 12.

When the UK joined the EEC, otherwise known as the Common Market, I felt it was a very good idea.

A common market place where we Europeans could enjoy in fettered access to from food to services.

The EEC slowly, and almost imperceptibly, developed into a much larger and significantly more complicated politically orientated union.

Unified currency, the Euro, which thankfully the UK chose not to be a part of. Laws centralised in Brussels and talk of a European army would have meant even greater integration.

Migration, too, has caused strain on our principal services, schools, the NHS and housing.

Finally, the undeniable feeling that the UK would lose its sovereignty proved the last straw.

A club though eventually made up of 28 countries commercially trading as one was in everyone's interests. Shared security, too, was of course also good, indeed vital for all the EU countries.

The thought of becoming one of the federal states of Europe is completely untenable to a country that has more than held its own in world affairs.

There are European countries facing extremely difficult financial times. It has already proved necessary to bail-out certain members and there are more that are in the verge, too.

In my view, every country should have firm policies in place to ensure, as fas as is possible, that they can retain stability and be self supportive without having to resort to approaching the other members 'cap-in-hand' to be rescued.

The Brexit Referendum was allowed by David Cameron in the belief that leaving would never be countenanced and although the result was extremely close, the majority decision was to leave.

Our Brexit has not been given an easy ride. Nobody expected it to be easy. Why would the Euro leaders allow the UK to leave with ease thereby setting a precedent to other European nations that they too could do so?

It occurred to me from the beginning that it would surely have been better to flag up to the union the areas that worried us the most and maybe we did.

But I can understand that the club rules cannot be bent for one without all availing themselves of amendments, too.

Mrs May has been under tremendous pressures from members of her own party as well as from the opposition. She's been bullied and hounded at every step of the way by the Euro leaders and our own MPs, none of whom I suggest would have faired very much better.

Mrs May has conducted herself proudly against tremendous odds. What she has delivered is far from ideal and we will naturally suffer in the short to medium term to get back on an even keel.

The UK is a resilient nation and all the better when our backs are against the wall and events stacked against us.

There is none better.

Believe it or not, I voted to remain. I did so in the belief that it would be better for future generations that we did so.

Now we'll just have to hope and pray and grit our teeth because we will leave one way or another.

Stan Nagel