No politi­cian has the right to frus­trate the elec­torate’s de­sire for Brexit

The Daily Telegraph - - Letters to the editor -

SIR – If this coun­try is still a democ­racy, then the clearly ex­pressed wishes of over 17mil­lion vot­ers should take prece­dence over the per­sonal prej­u­dices of one man, even if he is the Chan­cel­lor of the Ex­che­quer (“Ham­mond ac­cused of Brexit treach­ery”, re­port, July 17). Colin Bullen

Ton­bridge, Kent

SIR – Why does Philip Ham­mond con­stantly get away with the claim that he is pro­mot­ing a Brexit which pri­ori­tises jobs, trade and growth?

Is any­one in the Cab­i­net – or among the 17 mil­lion Leavers – against these things? Yet Mr Ham­mond is never chal­lenged on this mean­ing­less claim.

What he wants is to stay in the EU cus­toms union for a tran­si­tion pe­riod of sev­eral years, still sub­ject to EU law and courts, and un­able to make our own trade deals. That doesn’t sound so good, does it? That’s why he never says what he means. Ken Wor­thy

Esher, Sur­rey SIR – As ne­go­ti­a­tions over Brexit re­sume, is it not time for the Govern­ment to pub­lish its anal­y­sis of the “no deal” out­come?

Tak­ing back con­trol was the core theme of the Leave cam­paign, so it seems rea­son­able for the Bri­tish pub­lic to be given the chance to un­der­stand the im­pli­ca­tions of this op­tion.

It cur­rently acts as a blank can­vas onto which politi­cians project their own views, with vary­ing de­grees of in­tel­lec­tual rigour.

More in­for­ma­tion would hope­fully lead to bet­ter-in­formed dis­cus­sions na­tion­ally (and per­haps within the Cab­i­net too). Paul Rex

Warn­bor­ough, Hamp­shire

SIR – Why would Theresa May con­sider ask­ing peo­ple from other par­ties to shadow the work of the Brexit de­part­ment (re­port, July 15)?

This just makes her look hes­i­tant and in­de­ci­sive, and is invit­ing crit­i­cism from those in op­po­si­tion.

The Con­ser­va­tives were elected on a man­date to leave the EU. They must get on with it now – and on their own. Jean Fin­nie


SIR – Ap­par­ently min­is­ters are plot­ting and fight­ing to be the next Prime Min­is­ter. Given the mess we are in, why on earth do they want the job?

They need a cold shower, and a lov­ing part­ner to tell them they would be mad to take the poi­soned chal­ice. John Cameron

Pewsey, Wilt­shire

SIR – Juliet Sa­muel (Com­ment, July 17) is right to say that the mess the Govern­ment has made can be un­made.

That can hap­pen if the Con­ser­va­tive Party sticks firmly to its prin­ci­ples, which have served Britain far bet­ter than the so­cial­ism of­fered by Labour.

Se­nior Con­ser­va­tives, how­ever, are find­ing this dif­fi­cult. It is time to move on to the younger generation, who are com­mit­ted and free of bag­gage. Roger Bam­brough

North Cad­bury, Som­er­set

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