MPS who de­lay the Brexit process will harm our chances of a good deal

The Daily Telegraph - - Letters To The Editor -

SIR – It mat­ters not a jot how MPS’ per­sonal sym­pa­thies lie over Brexit, or even how their con­stituents voted in the ref­er­en­dum. The ma­jor­ity chose to leave the Euro­pean Union, and it is the sworn duty of MPS to re­spect this demo­cratic re­sult and see that it is ex­pe­dited.

Con­stant de­lay­ing tac­tics sug­gest only weak­ness, and the EU will use this to its ad­van­tage. The par­lia­men­tary whips need to have a few words with Tory loose can­nons.

In the event of a fi­nal vote by Par­lia­ment, the choice must be: “Yes, we agree on the con­tract and will leave the EU on the ap­pointed date” or “No, we don’t agree and are leav­ing with­out a deal.” There can be no in-be­tween. Roger West

Ap­pen­zell, Switzerland

SIR – Ya­nis Varo­ufakis, the for­mer Greek fi­nance min­is­ter, has ad­vised us that we should aban­don Brexit talks now, as Bri­tain is “sleep­walk­ing into a dis­as­ter”. Mean­while, Sir James Dyson has said that Bri­tain should walk away from the EU with­out pay­ing the “out­ra­geous” di­vorce bill.

These two speak with ex­pe­ri­ence. Given the man­ner in which the EU has con­ducted “ne­go­ti­a­tions” so far, I sug­gest their ad­vice should be fol­lowed, thus sav­ing time and money for all of us. John Barrie

Pur­ley, Sur­rey

SIR – Lord Hague (Com­ment, Novem­ber 14) makes an in­ter­est­ing case for view­ing an eye-wa­ter­ing fi­nan­cial set­tle­ment with the EU (in re­turn for some sort of free-trade deal) as noth­ing more than recog­nis­ing our re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

How­ever, this view is based on the no­tion that Bri­tain has – with eyes wide open – par­tic­i­pated fully in de­ci­sions over all fu­ture cap­i­tal projects wholly or partly funded by Brus­sels. No doubt a num­ber of these projects would be lo­cated within Bri­tain. How­ever, one has only to look at the blue plaques, with their ring of stars, al­ready dot­ted round our towns and ci­ties to re­alise that not all of them would rep­re­sent the best pos­si­ble use of tax­pay­ers’ money.

Even if one ac­cepts the ba­sic truth of Lord Hague’s ar­gu­ment, there is no rea­son why Bri­tish tax­pay­ers should have to fork out bil­lions in re­spect of fu­ture schemes planned for the other 27 mem­ber states. Once we are free of the EU, our own Gov­ern­ment can de­cide which of any projects des­tined for Bri­tain should re­ceive pub­lic largesse. John Waine

Nuneaton, War­wick­shire

SIR – A road in Sur­biton, south London, has a yel­low sign that reads: “20 is plenty”.

I sug­gest that this slo­gan should be re­peated in all deal­ings with the EU. GRS Lums­daine

Bor­don, Hamp­shire

SIR – Has any­one else no­ticed that Michel Barnier has a fa­natic’s stare? Will Wright

Hull, East York­shire

Dressed for the oc­ca­sion: a por­trait of the three sons of Sir Henry Harpur (1745)

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