The UK-EU deal breakthrough announced on Friday [“It’s a deal...but we’ll obey EU rules for two years after Brexit”, December 8], while it does move matters along, doesn’t have enough detail for my liking — and I really don’t think it deserved the celebratory glass of champagne you report Theresa May was offered by David Davis when she landed in Brussels.
My major concern is that the three million EU citizens living in the UK should know as quickly as possible that their future here is secured. Otherwise we will lose not just those who leave to live and work in another part of the EU, taking their skills and tax contributions with them, but we will struggle to attract the doctors, nurses, teachers and engineers we need.
Many EU citizens feel unwelcome here after the referendum, and racist attacks on them have proliferated. Why would they stay?
The Brexit deadlock is removed, Britain pays up to £40 billion, there won’t be a real border with Ireland, and EU citizens are warranted their rights — although even today they live as second-class citizens in the UK. But trade talks can start. The process of Brexodus has begun. And Britain will pay for it.
So Nigel Farage “blasts Theresa May’s Brexit deal” [News, December 8]. He always wanted the UK to jump off the cliff with no negotiation and no deal and cosy up instead with his buddy Donald Trump. But if Nigel doesn’t like it, then I’m sure it’s a good deal. Bye, Nigel — you are no longer relevant.
What is the difference between the launch of the new British warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, and the Brexit negotiations? The first means the United Kingdom sails down the river with pride, while the second is the UK being sold down the river in humiliation.
Incidentally, what exactly is the UK getting in return for its vast exit payment to the EU? A full and explicit breakdown of costs would be appreciated. Maybe the EU owes us money, too, for the privilege of trading with the UK in future. Anyone thought of that?
We could have stayed in Europe and used the existing rules to get what the UK wanted on immigration, etc... Everything is open to negotiation. Instead we have all this unnecessary stress, strain, effort and expense — all for nothing.
What? This agreement took this long to decide? I don’t believe that this is the extent of the negotiations — so little?
Javed S Mohammed
Hamilton hype is really all deserved
I was one of those lucky enough to get tickets for a preview of Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre last week [“Hip-hop Hamilton is race revolution, says Cameron”, December 7] and, somewhat to my surprise, it exceeded my expectations.
Americans can overdo the hype — particularly about a successful home-grown product — but Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical about one of the Founding Fathers of the United States is breathtakingly good, and every superlative written about it turns out to be true.
Sir Cameron Mackintosh, the show’s co-producer, also raises an important point about the number of non-white actors in the cast. Too often, talented actors don’t get the big roles because of their ethnicity — let’s hope Hamilton’s success changes that for good.
Your article [‘That. Was. Insane.’ Creator of smash hit salutes his successor”, December 7] was quite right to applaud Jamael Westman in the title role of Hamilton, taking over from Lin-Manuel Miranda on Broadway. That he totally owned the role just a year after graduating from Rada is astonishing. A star is born — and he’s from Brixton, too, so a real London success story.
Corbyn critics can snipe all they like
Re your front-page story [“Corbyn bandwagon in election probe,” December 7], I am sure of one thing: the value of the spending by Momentum, which helped Labour nearly win the election in June, will be minute compared to the value of all the vile personal attacks on Jeremy Corbyn and Labour’s policies in the Right-wing media. And even traditionally left of centre papers were pretty negative, sending reporters to marginal constituencies looking for Labour supporters dissatisfied with Corbyn.
Looking back, it is incredible how close the election result was in the face of all this bias in the media, which shows you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.
Dogs are not just for Christmas time
Blue Cross warns against buying a new pet as a surprise Christmas present. Although the festive period can be a good time of year to welcome a pet into your life, it is important to make sure you take the time to ensure you make a responsible choice. Whatever time of year you decide to take on a pet, please beware of unscrupulous and unethical sellers.
When choosing a puppy always insist on seeing the pup in the home with at least his mum, if not both parents and a grandparent. Walk away if the seller insists on meeting in a public place or delivering the puppy to you.
Always ask to check paperwork for vaccinations and microchip (now compulsory for dogs by law) before agreeing a sale. Blue Cross is always on hand to offer advice on those wishing to welcome a new pet into their home.
Research any breed and species first and don’t buy a pet based on just its looks — and never get a puppy or any pet on impulse. We hope anyone looking for a new pet considers a rescue — all they want for Christmas is a loving new home.
Becky Thwaites, head of public affairs, Blue Cross
There are many important issues we are facing in the UK. Surely Grayson Perry’s cat is one of the least of them [“Thank heavens my rock’n’roll cat Kevin has been found”, December 7].
Please don't trump about the elephant
Yet again Homes & Property has an article piece extolling the virtues of the redevelopment of the Elephant and Castle [“Buy in Zone 1 for just £132k”, December 6], with no reference to the hundreds of families who lost their homes when the Heygate Estate was torn down to make way for it. Southwark council promised these families they would be able to move back to the area once the rebuilding got under way.
This has not happened — very little of the redevelopment is affordable anyway and even fewer homes are council-owned. Please don’t whitewash this social cleansing.