We don’t need a ‘soft Brexit’ – it’s simply an easy way out

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We don’t need a ‘soft Brexit’ – it’s simply an easy way out

We don’t need a soft Brexit any more than we need Theresa May’s bargain basement bundle or to leave the EU at all. There are absolutely no grounds for or gains in any kind of Brexit. A softer Brexit is simply an “easy way out” aimed at appeasing the right-wing faction, and you’d have to be a bit “soft” in the head to want to do it! What’s the point of being in the club without a voice?

There are more than enough grounds to revoke Article 50 anyway. Our sensible MPs need to stand up, get together and do just that.

Michael Cunliffe
Ilkley

This has been Theresa May’s plan all along

Those who say Theresa May doesn’t have a plan for Brexit are completely wrong. May has had a plan from the outset and she has rigorously followed it, come what may.

Her plan is simply to keep the Tory party together. Nothing else matters and nothing else will ever intrude on it. It is why she is so captivated by every utterance of the right-wing ideologues and why she appeases them every time.

John Harvey
Bristol

I’m a Remainer but I don’t want a second referendum

I’m fed up with the Tories banging on about a Labour Party that is determined to “defy the will of the people”. Jeremy Corbyn is the most reluctant of Remainers.

His policy of pursuing a customs union, access to the single market and protection for workers’ rights is an obvious solution to the mess we are in.

I voted to remain and, given another chance, would do so again. The announcement that the country had voted to leave was a body blow. Is this really the face we should be turning to the world?

Saying that, I don’t agree with a second referendum. I, also, through gritted teeth, accept the “will of the people”.

I think that what scares the prime minister more than the DUP and the European Research Group is that Jeremy Corbyn is more in tune with the country on this than she imagines – remember the general election.

I have thought for a long time that this country could do with a bit of socialism. Compare and contrast with a potential Boris Johnson government. I know which I’d prefer.

When, if, the Brexit fug ever clears the country might finally get a chance to take a look back at ourselves and think what an unjust, underfunded and, to my mind, sorry country we have become.

The 15th happiest country in the world? Lord help the rest of them!

N Williams
Llandrindod Wells

The ‘Cancel Brexit’ petition has nothing to do with Russia

I am a loss to know why Nigel Farage thinks that many of the signatures for the “revoke Article 50” petition are coming from Russia. Russia greatly fears the power of the EU as a global trading bloc and is an open supporter of its weakening through Brexit. So it is highly unlikely that it would support a return to common sense; something clearly feared by Nigel.

Matt Minshall
King’s Lynn

Many Scots disagree with Nicola Sturgeon

Among the hundreds of thousands marching in London in support of a fresh referendum on Brexit, the great majority undoubtedly are expressing their genuine and passionately held views. Yet alongside them will be some who have an agenda that transcends all else. Many of the marchers would be horrified to find they are unwittingly providing oxygen for those who are in truth seeking the breakup of their own country. As Nicola Sturgeon makes clear in her latest withering attack on Theresa May, she has no time for our prime minister. In fact she has made a career of deriding whoever leads the UK government of the day as she hopes to undermine the British state.

Sturgeon reminds us that she has been “entirely consistent” on the issue of Brexit, but what she does not explain is that her purpose in unrelentingly opposing any and all UK government plans is to build momentum for Scottish independence on the back of what she likes to portray as Brexit chaos. Recklessly, she ignores the majority in Scotland who want to remain in the UK, and instead she offers her own special brand of chaos in trying to break apart the closest of all unions, namely Scotland’s interdependent relationship with the rest of the UK.

In seeking to portray Scotland as having been “completely ignored”, our first minister once again equates the ambitions of the SNP with Scotland as a whole. Meanwhile the great majority of Scots are determined to not have another independence referendum, and many deeply resent the way our votes to remain in the EU have been effectively hijacked by Nicola Sturgeon for the purposes of trying to break up the UK.

Keith Howell
West Linton

Does no one else see the anomaly in the stance over Brexit held by the SNP and in particular by Nicola Sturgeon, its leader? The SNP supports a fresh EU referendum in the hope that it results in a win for Remain and the revocation of Article 50.

Such a result would of course negate the SNP’s demand for a second independence referendum under the guise of a “material change”.

Perhaps the SNP should come clean and admit it is running scared of calling another referendum as it fears they will lose and it is looking for ways to assist it in avoiding another vote.

Alan Barbour
Edinburgh