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The UK has its highest population ever and public services are struggling to cope. The UK government is quite right to tell the EU it will not support an open-door policy any more. We simply cannot afford it.

How can we bring our public spending under control and reduce our colossal national debt unless we put a brake on our ballooning population growth and the costs it entails?

The response from fellow members of the EU so far has been totally unsympathetic.

They seem to regard the open-door policy as a core principle of the EU, one that is not to be amended or restricted. Of course, if your goal is a federal structure for all Europe, an open-door policy is to be expected.

So the difference of opinion derives from the fact that other EU members want federation, whereas the UK wants only trading and security agreements 
between sovereign states.

The refusal by other EU states to allow any restrictions on the open-door policy will quite 
possibly result in a majority in the UK referendum voting to leave the EU.

Ukip is growing strong on the resentment felt by many in the UK that their public services are being destroyed by these policies which the EU ought to change, but will not.

The same resentment is felt in Scotland, but support for Ukip is not as strong, perhaps because public services in Scotland have not suffered the full brunt of the crisis. Brian Monteith (Perspective, 2 November) is right to advise us to look beyond the EU.

And he is right to point out that some countries in Europe, like Switzerland and Norway, are not members of the EU and they are prosperous countries.

They are members of the European Free Trade Association.

We have an alternative.

Les Reid

Morton Street

Edinburgh