Remainers should be honest about the goal of the European project
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
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