The difficulty of getting out of the EU jail shows why it’s worth the effort
SIR – Gordon Brown, the former prime minister, expressed the view in a recent interview that the Brexit negotiations would shortly reach a crisis point at which the British public would realise that it would not get what it voted for.
He concluded that those who voted to leave the EU might then think again.
Rather, the British public might well ask politicians why they had such little regard for Britain’s sovereignty that they allowed the country to get tied into an agreement from which it could not extricate itself.
Those who voted to remain might well recognise the position into which they had been placed and want to get out at any cost. Gerald Payman
Auckland, New Zealand
SIR – Lord Kerr, the architect of Article 50, says that the Brexit process can be reversed.
At the same time we have Gordon Brown joining Lord Heseltine, who says the difficulties of leaving the EU will eventually change voters’ minds.
If they got their wish, this would represent an appalling defeat for the democratic process. There would be accusations of voters being manipulated.
If Brexit were to be so threatened, surely voters would more likely dig their heels in. It would result in widespread anger.
Furthermore, such a reversal would represent a win for a dictatorial and unelected authority and would make what is left of British democracy worthless. David Rammell
SIR – Why does the BBC keep letting Lord Heseltine spout doom and gloom over the democratic decision of the British people to take back control of their own destiny?
His back-stabbing of our first woman PM is mirrored in his disloyalty to the present PM. Tom Jones
Warrington, Cheshire SIR – The utterance by Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, that “Brexit should be prevented” illustrates why the majority of people in this country voted to leave the EU. We don’t want to be governed by the Germans. Ray Lines
SIR – Professor Catherine Barnard writes that the EU Withdrawal Bill “may be the least popular piece of legislation ever laid before Parliament” (“You may not like the EU Withdrawal Bill. But if you want to make Brexit real, it’s the only game in town”, telegraph.co.uk).
Actually, the Bill is the most popular piece of legislation ever laid before Parliament, not the least. Professor Barnard’s focus is on the wrong body of opinion. It is the view of the electorate that counts.
Maybe our MPS could ponder on that as they wade their way through the amendments. Annabel Partridge