Re­main­ers should be hon­est about the goal of the Euro­pean project

The Sunday Telegraph - - Letters To The Editor -

SIR – Any­one sur­prised by Jean-Claude Juncker’s plans for a “United States of Europe” must be very naive, as he has al­ways been clear about the goal of the Euro­pean elite.

Tony Blair and his sup­port­ers, who would like us to crawl back and ask for­give­ness, should also be hon­est and ad­mit they would pre­fer our coun­try to lose all in­de­pen­dence.

Let Mr Blair set up a new party, with this man­i­festo, and see how lit­tle sup­port there is for such an un­demo­cratic vi­sion.

Mean­while, those politicians on all sides who love our coun­try must now get be­hind the Gov­ern­ment so it can ex­tri­cate us from the EU at the ear­li­est op­por­tu­nity. We can then be a guid­ing light to oth­ers on the con­ti­nent. Tim Coles

Carl­ton, Bed­ford­shire

SIR – Mr Juncker thinks we will “come to re­gret” our de­ci­sion on Brexit.

I take in­stead the op­ti­mistic view ex­pressed by Bill Gates that the ex­cel­lence of Bri­tain’s sci­en­tific re­search can and should con­tinue – as of course, given time, can all other as­pects of Bri­tish trade and in­dus­try.

A pe­riod of ad­just­ment will be re­quired; but the ex­treme com­plex­ity of ex­tract­ing our­selves from the EU be­he­moth, with as many ob­sta­cles be­ing thrown in the way as pos­si­ble, seems to me to show why our vote to leave was the cor­rect one.

It is no sur­prise that the high­rank­ing of­fi­cials of the EU in­tend to stay firmly on the gravy train, but de­spite the dif­fi­cul­ties ahead I would pre­fer to get off. Jane Knott

Bland­ford Fo­rum, Dorset

SIR – Af­ter Brexit, the Gov­ern­ment should re­store the Com­mon­wealth trade pref­er­ence. It is shame­ful that we aban­doned it in or­der to join the Euro­pean Com­mon Mar­ket.

Brexit pro­vides a golden op­por­tu­nity to right that wrong. We should seize it. Frank Tom­lin

Bil­ler­icay, Es­sex SIR – What is an ac­cept­able shelf-life for a ref­er­en­dum re­sult?

The Brexit process – en­tan­gled as it is within the chi­canery of na­tional and in­ter­na­tional pol­i­tics, im­mense vol­umes of leg­is­la­tion, com­plex le­gal is­sues, and the in­flu­ence of in­nu­mer­able pres­sure groups – is fore­cast by many com­men­ta­tors to take 10 years or more to com­plete.

Sev­eral mil­lion vot­ers who took part in the ref­er­en­dum will have passed away dur­ing this pe­riod. The vot­ing pop­u­la­tion of Bri­tain at the point of de­par­ture will not there­fore be the one that voted for Brexit in the first place, but all shall nonethe­less have to ac­cept and live with the con­se­quences of a poorly in­formed de­ci­sion made a decade ear­lier.

It is un­rea­son­able to sug­gest that these vot­ers, and the mil­lions of new ones, should not be given a chance to ex­press their views on whether or not they wish to live in the promised land that is cur­rently be­ing pro­posed. John Snow­den

Rock­hamp­ton, Glouces­ter­shire

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