Brexit de­vel­op­ments – or not

The Guardian - Journal - - Letters -

Your edi­to­rial (Re­al­ity is dawn­ing for the PM that leav­ing the EU is a self-harm­ing, 9 July) seems to over­look the num­ber of peo­ple in Labour-held con­stituen­cies who also voted to leave, though prob­a­bly for dif­fer­ent rea­sons to Con­ser­va­tives. How do re­main­ers per­suade them that “com­ing out” won’t be a bed of roses? Many voted to leave as a sign of dis­en­chant­ment with what they saw as gov­ern­ment poli­cies that dis­re­garded their per­ceived lo­cal needs. At present I don’t see any­thing that has fun­da­men­tally changed to al­ter their jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for think­ing that way. Richard Eh­lers

Down­ham Mar­ket, Nor­folk

The gov­ern­ment’s Brexit plan con­tin­ues to rely on an ut­terly false di­vi­sion be­tween the cus­toms union and the sin­gle mar­ket. Take the con­struc­tion prod­ucts reg­u­la­tion. This is a vi­tal sin­gle mar­ket reg­u­la­tion en­sur­ing the re­li­a­bil­ity of in­for­ma­tion on the per­for­mance of con­struc­tion prod­ucts. For the con­struc­tion in­dus­try, this is just as im­por­tant as hav­ing no cus­toms tar­iffs. Do­ing busi­ness is a mix­ture of smoothly han­dling both tan­gi­ble prod­ucts and in­tan­gi­ble pro­cesses. We are still do­ing well be­cause goods, ser­vices and peo­ple are still flow­ing smoothly across our bor­ders. It is reck­less to mess about with this frag­ile sta­tus quo when it is work­ing so well. Andrew Wilks

Lon­don

They never thought we could leave, then that we would leave; now they think we will leave in name only. If we be­lieve Air­bus, BMW, Siemens etc then we must “save jobs” by ca­pit­u­la­tion to our new mas­ters. But since these cor­po­ra­tions trade with, ex­port to, ex­port from, con­struct in and obey the rules of eg the US,

with­out the US be­ing in the EU how cred­i­ble is their threat to aban­don bil­lions of pounds of in­vest­ment in non-EU Bri­tain? Rod­ney Atkin­son

Au­thor, Europe’s Full Cir­cle

My wife and I re­cently can­celled our mem­ber­ship of a health­care so­ci­ety that we had been with for over 40 years. The can­cel­la­tion was han­dled ef­fi­ciently. Soon af­ter we re­ceived let­ters invit­ing us to re­join – with the added bonus of a Marks and Spencer gift card if we do so “today”. Per­haps the EU should con­sider some­thing sim­i­lar next April? Rod Lo­gan

Wal­ton-on-Thames, Sur­rey

I’ve cal­cu­lated (trust me, I’m a statis­ti­cian) that Mrs May’s Che­quers ac­cord is ex­actly 52% of a full Brexit and is thus com­pletely con­gru­ous with “the will of the peo­ple”.

David Davis proudly re­cites this cliché so why has he now re­signed (Re­port, 9 July)? Paul Far­row

Llandaff, Cardiff

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