FOR the past three years the country has been consumed by the battle to “free” ourselves from the European Union, to supposedly take back control of our country and our future.

Strange then that while we were staring across the channel, we happily let the Chinese walk in the back door and take over the house.

Try buying anything not made in China.

Who owns our utilities?

Just how “free” do we think we are going to be when we leave the European Union?

As the Chinese would say, we are living in interesting times.

Alexandra Bailey, Darlington