Mrs May has ceded con­trol over Brexit to those de­ter­mined to thwart it

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SIR – Liz Truss claims that Theresa May’s Brexit deal “gives peo­ple con­trol over the des­tiny of our coun­try” (Sun­day Com­ment, Jan­uary 6).

In fact, it does noth­ing of the kind. As her fel­low Con­ser­va­tive MP, Sir Wil­liam Cash, writes of Mrs May’s deal (in an ar­ti­cle in the news­pa­per on the same day), not only will we not re­gain con­trol of our own sovereignty – for the first time in our his­tory, we will be gov­erned, per­haps in­def­i­nitely, by laws im­posed upon us by the other 27 mem­ber states of the EU. We will have no say in the creation of those laws, or how they are ad­min­is­tered.

Worse still, the May deal would un­der­mine the con­sti­tu­tional sta­tus of North­ern Ire­land within the United King­dom. Could any­thing be more op­posed to “giv­ing peo­ple con­trol over the des­tiny of our coun­try”?

Dan O’Con­nor

Down­ham Mar­ket, Nor­folk

SIR – The one time that the peo­ple were seem­ingly given full con­trol, at the 2016 ref­er­en­dum, they voted for Brexit. Now the Gov­ern­ment, of which Liz Truss is a part, has all but ceded con­trol of the process to EU of­fi­cials and, fol­low­ing this week’s machi­na­tions in the Com­mons, to MPs and to a Speaker de­ter­mined to thwart the will of the peo­ple.

Tim Coles

Carl­ton, Bed­ford­shire

SIR – We need a civil dis­obe­di­ence cam­paign for 17.4 mil­lion peo­ple.

Any ideas?

Sarah Payne

Ep­som, Sur­rey

SIR – Mrs May says that the re­jec­tion of her Brexit deal would see the coun­try mov­ing into “un­charted ter­ri­tory”, as if this is a ter­ri­fy­ing prospect.

But boldly mov­ing into un­charted ter­ri­tory was pre­cisely how Bri­tain built the largest em­pire in the world. We need only to rekin­dle that spirit of en­ter­prise, and the world may yet be our oys­ter. Vic­tor Os­borne London W5 SIR – I fear that Christo­pher Booker (The Last Word, Jan­uary 6) mis­un­der­stands the per­ceived prob­lems that would arise at Dover in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

There are enough lor­ries to carry the freight and enough ships to carry the lor­ries: we will not need more of ei­ther since the ton­nage of goods will be the same as now.

The flow rate through cus­toms is the prob­lem, and this is de­ter­mined by the at­ti­tude and ef­fec­tive­ness of the cus­toms au­thor­i­ties. Calais is in fierce com­pe­ti­tion with other north Euro­pean ports; the French lo­cal dis­trict gov­er­nor and the port di­rec­tor have both said they will do ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to en­sure a speedy through­put at the port, and con­ti­nen­tal farm­ers will not coun­te­nance their pro­duce be­ing de­layed and con­se­quently de­stroyed.

Thus, the ap­par­ently silly award of a ship­ping con­tract to a com­pany with no ships should be of lit­tle con­cern. GW Cor­field

Pem­bridge, Here­ford­shire

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