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