The on-going debate between Remainers and Leavers rarely mentions one of the biggest issues that was important at the time of the referendum - migration.

David Cameron tried to get the EU to show some flexibility but was given nothing - with Germany in particular insisting freedom of movement was sacrosanct.

A few facts however show the importance of the issue.

In 1972 before we joined the EEC the UK population was 55.9m.

In 2015 just before the referendum it was 65.9m - an increase of 10m or 18%. Of this increase 5.7m occurred between 2005-2015 after Eastern European countries joined(all figures from Worldometer.com).

The same figures for Germany were 78.9m rising to 81.8m - so 2.9m or 3.7%.

I appreciate that the UK also had a lot of migration from outside the EU, but at least we could control that if we wanted to.

The fact is that the UK is a popular destination for migrants partly because we are welcoming but also because for most people English is their second language - not German.

If Germany’s population had risen by 18% (14.2m) they might have had a different view.

Their stagnating population was one reason they were keen to let in a lot of Syrian migrants from 2016 onwards.

Coping with large increases in population is difficult for any country so it was no surprise it was a hot topic in the referendum.

Interestingly COVID has resulted in more then 1m leaving the UK for their home countries.

If the EU and Germany in particular had been more understanding of the issue as it affected the UK, the referendum result would probably have been different - but as we have seen with the EU vaccine debacle they are arrogant, inflexible and bullying - so thank goodness we left.

Gerald Ingram

Locks Heath.