Letter unfair to Brexit MEP
I AM not a Brexit Party supporter (I have previously had letters published here confirming that I did not vote for them) but nonetheless I feel that B. Rideau’s letter attacking the north-west MEP Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen was meanspirited and unfair (Viewpoints, January 10).
The Brexit Party and UKIP before it have long been castigated as ‘xenophobic.’ Yet when the Brexit Party tries to show its openness by promoting a foreign-born member, it is attacked for allowing in an immigrant!
It seems that they’re not allowed to win - they respond to one criticism, only for another to be invented. Opponents seem to be working backwards – assume he’s wrong first, then find a reason why afterwards.
The rest of B. Rideau’s letter attacking Overgaard-Nielsen’s family for having links to Europe are also besides the point and an example of so much of the misinformation that drowns our modern politics today.
Brexit is not an all-or-nothing proposal as B. Rideau is portraying it – the EU and Europe are not the same thing and relations with Europe will change but they won’t end.
There are more options than an either/or of “completely open borders where anyone can wander in” and “total bunker isolation”. Parliament wouldn’t have been arguing over withdrawal agreements for years if that wasn’t the case.
Robert Frazer, Salford