Still time for a set­tle­ment

South Wales Evening Post - - LETTERS -

ONE Re­mainer MP is vo­cal in her in­dig­na­tion about be­ing called “traitor” and “Nazi”, which you can un­der­stand, and there is cause for all of us to be con­cerned about the pos­si­bil­ity of se­ri­ous un­rest and quite pos­si­bly vi­o­lence un­less we are out of the EU at the end of March.

We seem to be build­ing up an in­ten­sity of po­lit­i­cal bit­ter­ness that has not been ex­pe­ri­enced here since Stuart days and one won­ders if the po­lit­i­cal classes re­alise quite what a vol­cano they have be­neath them.

It’s not just a dif­fer­ence of opin­ion like those we have had over na­tion­al­i­sa­tion/pri­vati­sa­tion or rear­ma­ment in the ’30s but a feel­ing of be­trayal best com­pared to the way eastern Europe turned on its Com­mu­nist rulers once the Red Army was not there to sup­port them.

In a much more dan­ger­ous way it’s like the old joke about the dog: “One word from me and he does as he pleases”.

Eastern Europe had its “Peo­ple’s Re­publics” and “Demo­cratic Re­publics”, even univer­sal suf­frage but few peo­ple felt any sense of par­tic­i­pa­tion.

We had a ref­er­en­dum but we saw the ne­go­ti­a­tions with the EU con­ducted in a man­ner that was bound to fail and all we could do was rage im­po­tently. Now the fail­ure is likely to be ex­ploited to de­feat Brexit. It’s not too late for sense to pre­vail. If Par­lia­ment re­jects Mrs May’s dis­as­trous pro­posal and sends a clear mes­sage to the EU that we want gen­uine set­tle­ment on fu­ture terms of trade with­out all their strings, things can set­tle, in this coun­try and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

Oth­er­wise we are walk­ing into some­thing most un­de­sir­able and re­gret­table. dreamed of brine now they all lay on the tides of time salty winds do carry the cries of gull with souls of fish who now drift on lowly seas.

DAVID SMITH via email

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