Take a breather

The Scotsman - - Perspective / Letters To The Editor -

One has to ad­mire the stamina Theresa May keeps up over Brexit but not the Prime Min­is­ter’s judg­ment over ad­vis­ers or call­ing that early elec­tion or han­dling of the EU ne­go­ti­a­tions. The Govern­ment’s re­luc­tance to dis­close the le­gal ad­vice re­ceived from the At­tor­ney Gen­eral hardly re­as­sures vot­ers on ei­ther side of the is­sue.

So­ci­ety is di­vided these days on more than Brexit and Op­po­si­tion calls for an elec­tion are more likely to re­sult in a hung Par­lia­ment and we al­ready have the in­op­er­a­ble one in North­ern Ire­land.

Brex­i­teers and Re­main­ers might pause for the time be­ing to take ad­van­tage of that EU le­gal opin­ion sug­gest­ing the exit dead­line can be called off – not to end mat­ters, but to give more time to avoid the UK end­ing up with the worst of both worlds – no say in Brus­sels on key is­sues and po­lit­i­cally stranded in the EU with no cross-chan­nel ferry.

More time would see the po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tions build­ing up in France and Italy and even Swe­den play out and re­sult in greater readi­ness within the EU it­self to change and will­ing­ness to co-op­er­ate with the UK.

JIM CRAIGEN

Downie Grove, Ed­in­burgh

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