EU ‘democ­racy’

The Sunday Telegraph - - Letters to the editor -

SIR – One of the most ir­ri­tat­ing things about op­po­nents of Brexit is their quite un­jus­ti­fied as­sump­tion of the moral high ground.

Those of us who voted to leave the EU are used to be­ing ac­cused of stu­pid­ity and racism; but I wish some­body would ask the likes of Ross Charl­ton and RI Robin­son (Let­ters, April 8) – to say noth­ing of Tony Blair, An­drew Ado­nis, Anna Soubry and the rest – why they are so be­sot­ted by an or­gan­i­sa­tion which is cor­rupt from top to bot­tom; which, by act­ing as a gi­ant pro­tec­tion racket, forces some of the poor­est na­tions even fur­ther into poverty; and which has much the same at­ti­tude to democ­racy as the so-called Is­lamic State.

Ad­mit­tedly EU of­fi­cials don’t go around slit­ting the throats of peo­ple who dis­agree with them, but the idea that the peo­ple of Europe should have any real say over how they are gov­erned is anath­ema to them. What on earth is there to ad­mire? Michael Hick­ford

Wren­tham, Suf­folk

SIR – Mr Charl­ton is un­happy with the re­sult of the ref­er­en­dum and is not pre­pared to “roll over”. That, he thinks, would be “sim­ply bow­ing to pub­lic opin­ion”.

Naively, I had thought that this was the na­ture of democ­racy – how­ever un­com­fort­able for those out­voted. D Jean Ban­tock

Rearsby, Le­ices­ter­shire

SIR – Mr Charl­ton is right that leav­ing the EU is far from a sim­ple process.

He ar­gues that we should re­main in the EU be­cause our laws, in­dus­try, commerce and fi­nance are in­te­grated with it. But he does not ques­tion how we ar­rived in this sit­u­a­tion. Suc­ces­sive gov­ern­ments have pre­tended that the EU is a sim­ple trad­ing ar­range­ment be­tween mem­ber states, while hand­ing more pow­ers to Brus­sels.

If the true na­ture of the Euro­pean project had been ex­plained to us from the out­set, we would have ex­tri­cated our­selves far sooner. Robert Jewell


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