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I’ve been watching Brexit from Australia, and I have no idea how anyone is keeping up

As a British citizen living abroad in Australia, I can’t make sense of this Brexit stuff.

It seems that both a no-deal Brexit and an Article 50 revocation are off the table while parliament works on some middle road like a “Norway model”.

But what’s the point of that? It’s all the obligations and cost without a seat at the table.

Better to just stay in the club and get the same deal WITH a vote. Surely a moments reflection yields the obvious conclusion that there are only two viable options: stay in the club or emphatically leave the club. And yet, these are precisely the options that are off the table.

The one mistake the EU made is the euro. It’s wild to think you can have monetary union without fiscal and political union because you take away a nation’s ability to adjust exchange rates to reflect productivity variations.

There was never going to be any other outcome of the euro than the Greek debt crisis and the looming Italian one.

The UK got the best of club membership without the shackles of the euro, the best deal ever. So why not just stay in? Or, if you really must leave, then leave completely and retain the freedom (maybe “fantasy” is a better word) to negotiate your own trade deals.

Steven Capell
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Leo Varadkar’s priorities are clear

Nero fiddled while Rome burned, while Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar decided to attend the Irish version of Dancing with the Stars.

On the whole, I rather prefer Nero.

Liam Power
Blackrock, Dublin

We’re better off together

Ukip won the the referendum and then collapsed into a disorganised rabble because they had no positive programme to benefit the UK.

If the referendum had been a general election, then, after such a collapse, either the opposition would take over the reins of government or there would be a second vote: a general election or a referendum.

Since 2016, there has been no evidence that Brexit would benefit the UK, even though there has been three years in which to discover it.

The choices we are offered vary between being a little worse off or being a lot worse off.

We are therefore better off if we remain in the EU.

Rob Wheway
Coventry

Barclay’s amnesia

Brexit secretary Stephen Barclay says the government cannot accept a Commons agreement for a softer Brexit because it was not in the Conservative Party manifesto.

Perhaps he has forgotten that the Tories do not have a majority in the Commons: they govern only through a confidence and supply agreement with the DUP (and, true, the incompetence of Labour).

Compromise is the sine qua non of minority governments: we would not be in this mess now if Theresa May had realised that at the outset, and sought to build agreement on the way forward.

Rachael Padman
Newmarket

Referendums are a process, not an event

I was proud to be one of the million marchers in London on Saturday, with the large contingent who travelled from every corner of Wales.

Wales has always been a part of Europe, and gained positively by having a voice in the forum of Europe to fight for its identity and precious language.

The social and political problems in the valleys and the countryside – the homelessness spiralling out of control in our towns and cities – have nothing to do with Europe. The fault lies at our failed government’s vicious policies of austerity. They cut benefits, undermine public services and the NHS, move on rough sleepers, attack union rights and encourage zero hours contracts.

The referendum started as an argument between the extreme right of the Tory party and Ukip and ended by fracturing every aspect of society by class, region, nationality, race and religion with its distortions, fear and lies.

But on Saturday, we saw more than a million people come together to share in a vision of the future, celebrating diversity and difference. Labour, Plaid Cymru, the SNP, Liberal Democrats, anarchists, independents and, yes, even Tories were able to unite in rejecting Theresa May’s government and its policies of tribalism and division.

Referendums are a process, not an event.

Let’s keep having those conversations, and, as the 5 million who signed the recent petition have asked, repeal Article 50 and get some sense in the debate on Europe.

Wendy Lewis
Bedwas, Caerphilly

A tale of two Brexit marches

On Saturday there were two Brexit marches. For every minibus that the Leave Means Leave march could have filled, the Put It To The People march could have filled Wembley Stadium. Is this an indication of the will of the people?

Adrian McBurnie
Aberdeen

Where were all of you when it was time to vote?

While it’s commendable that so many feel the need to come forward to march now against a democratic vote, one has to ask where they all were when the vote counted?

We can’t just have a recount every time the vote doesn’t go the way some wanted. Or should we go back to the people every time big decisions like war, universal credit or the Budget come up?

Why have an elected parliament if it doesn’t carry out the will of the people or needs to put all decisions to the people for a vote?

And whether we like it or not, the will of the majority of people when we voted was to leave the EU.

You ask why Brexiteers are quiet? It’s because in this current climate, you face extreme hatred from Remainers and it’s just easier to stay silent then to face a barrage of abuse. I genuinely feel scared to air my real views in public, which is a sad day in British politics.

Claire Johnson
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