Theresa May’s plans for Brexit be­tray the elec­tion man­i­festo and the terms of the ref­er­en­dum

The Daily Telegraph - - Letters To The Editor -

SIR – A few days ago I re­ceived an email from Theresa May. In it she asked me for money to help her elec­tion cam­paign and said that she is de­liv­er­ing on Brexit.

I am afraid that to my mind this is just not true, and I have no in­ten­tion of as­sist­ing her to be re-elected, as not only has she be­trayed my trust in her but now she is also ly­ing to me.

Re­mem­ber the Lan­caster House speech? Re­mem­ber the gen­eral elec­tion man­i­festo? “We will no longer be mem­bers of the sin­gle mar­ket or cus­toms union.”

Now she is propos­ing a “deal” whereby we not only stay in the cus­toms union and un­der the ju­ris­dic­tion of the ECJ for ever but pay nearly £40bil­lion for the priv­i­lege. This is Re­main mi­nus mi­nus. I am un­able to imag­ine a worse out­come.

What is the point of Liam Fox’s depart­ment for in­ter­na­tional trade when we will not be able to en­ter into any trade deals with other gov­ern­ments? Where is Michael Gove? He did a fan­tas­tic job in ed­u­ca­tion but is now faffing around with ideas to ban wood-burn­ing stoves – a real vote catcher in the shires.

It is symp­to­matic of the Gov­ern­ment that in­stead of propos­ing new ideas and ful­fill­ing its man­i­festo prom­ises, it tries to frighten vot­ers to vote for it by show­ing the aw­ful al­ter­na­tives. The Tory party I used to sup­port was one that sought to win and re­tain sup­port by be­ing pos­i­tive. The cur­rent party seems to have noth­ing to of­fer but a move to the po­lit­i­cal Left and the avoid­ance of neg­a­tives – Pro­ject Fear 3.0. This scheme patently failed at the last elec­tion.

I would even ac­cept the risk of a Cor­byn gov­ern­ment rather than a Re­main mi­nus mi­nus deal. Ge­off Ne­den

Did­dle­bury, Shrop­shire

SIR – The Prime Min­is­ter is by stealth grad­u­ally putting her own Brexit terms to Par­lia­ment.

How can this hap­pen when the ma­jor­ity of the coun­try voted for a com­plete break from the EU? This does not seem to be demo­cratic to me. D R Ed­wards

Birch­ing­ton, Kent

SIR – Is Mrs May play­ing a dou­ble game? Is she still at heart a Re­mainer? Ste­wart J Wild

Lon­don N3

SIR – Can any­one now doubt that the pro­gres­sion from Lan­caster House speech to to­day’s “end­less” back­stop shows that Mrs May’s ne­go­ti­a­tions with the EU for Brexit have been noth­ing more that a cha­rade? Her pur­pose is quite clear, to keep the UK in the EU. We have been com­pre­hen­sively mis­led from the start and I for one am frus­trated be­cause I feel help­less and un­able to do any­thing with an MP who toes Mrs May’s line.

What has hap­pened to democ­racy? Colvin Wil­liams

Bev­er­ley, East York­shire

SIR – Lies, de­ceit, treach­ery, bul­ly­ing and now bribery (again). Is there any­thing this woman won’t do to get her own way at the ex­pense of her coun­try?

Steve and Elaine Ladd

Bris­tol

SIR – The cus­toms union is the fi­nal straw. Is there no pe­ti­tion to ask her to re­sign? Philip Bon­sall

Stock­port

SIR – Al­lis­ter Heath asks of the Tories: “Do they have the guts to lis­ten to the vot­ers? Or do they have a po­lit­i­cal death wish?”

The an­swer is easy. They have Theresa May. Pro­fes­sor Alan Sked

Lon­don School of Eco­nom­ics Lon­don WC2

SIR – Mes­sage to Theresa May. “No deal is bet­ter than a bad deal” – re­mem­ber your prom­ises. Re­mem­ber your red lines.

No deal. Eleanor Davis

Buck­ley, Flintshire

SIR – If I could ask Mrs May two ques­tions they would be these. Is Brexit re­ally Brexit? How dire must a deal be be­fore it be­comes a bad deal? An­drew Mcal­lis­ter

Shrews­bury

SIR – The EU’S in­ten­tion of lock­ing the UK into a cus­toms union is more con­nected to its de­sire to pre­serve its mas­sive trade sur­plus with the UK than any con­cerns about the Ir­ish bor­der. Robert Sharp

East Grin­stead, West Sus­sex

SIR – When is the par­lia­men­tary Con­ser­va­tive Party go­ing to snap out of its ap­par­ent trance and re­alise that this com­pro­mis­ing, ap­peas­ing ap­proach to an in­tran­si­gent hos­tile op­po­nent (the EU ) will only re­sult in na­tional servi­tude and im­pov­er­ish­ment?

It is now time to find some sen­si­ble lead­er­ship and to re­store some na­tional re­silience in grasp­ing this op­por­tu­nity. Jeremy Ste­ward­son

Hong Kong

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