The dif­fi­culty of get­ting out of the EU jail shows why it’s worth the ef­fort

The Daily Telegraph - - Letters to the editor -

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

Ever­ton, Hamp­shire

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

Rom­sey, Hamp­shire

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

Far­ring­don, Hamp­shire

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