Whatever we do, the Brexit terms will be dictated by the EU

Letters
Theresa May arrives for the European Union summit in Brussels: Reuters

Why do we persist in the fantasy that the Brexit outcome will be influenced by what happens in our Parliament? We will accept whatever terms are offered. We have no negotiating leverage. Look what has happened in the first round of so called negotiations. It’s a simple fact that we need the EU far more than they need us. So let’s focus on a deal that is best for the country rather than one the Brexit headbangers will accept. That should also include staying in the EU.

Jack Liebeskind
Cheltenham

Theresa May has a new catchphrase

Last night on Channel 4 News we were witness to the first airing of Theresa May’s latest sound bite to replace the now defunct “strong and stable”. We are apparently going for a “smooth and orderly” Brexit.

Look out for this soon-to-be compulsory phrase being inserted into every subsequent interview and press briefing. Rough and chaotic might be a more accurate description of negotiations thus far.

G Forward
Stirling

Theresa May’s timidity is concerning

I think it is right for us to expect our Prime Minister to be at least a good manager, hopefully a real leader, and occasionally both. What I think is so sad about the Brexit negotiations is that Theresa May is proving she is neither. Whenever she has the chance to manage, and/or lead, she just seems to shrink from the task. Timidity is not going to get us a good outcome from these negotiations.

Steve Mumby
Bournemouth

Boris is finally acting like the Foreign Secretary

By drinking that can of Japanese peach juice Boris Johnson has at last shown diplomacy and tact to a foreign country that should be welcomed.

It is just a monumental shame that he did not act like this from day one as Foreign Secretary.

Robert Boston
Kingshill

Corbyn is here to stay

John Rentoul is surely wrong to believe that Corbynism “will last only as long as he does”.

In the past year, millions found their political voice; they will not lose it again. The goal of Corbynism is “the redistribution of wealth and power” – but while the former depends on a Labour government, the latter is happening already: Expanding the Labour movement, swelling the electoral roll, re-enfranchising the young and the poor – and inspiring countless individuals to engage with politics at a community level.

Jeremy Corbyn is an extraordinary catalyst and an inspiration, but Corbynism was and is for the many, not the few – or the one.

Emma Jones
Abingdon

Where is the wind heading?

With reference to your weather maps, I see that you describe the wind direction as “where the wind is heading”. You will find that this is contrary to all meteorological practice, which defines the wind as “where it is coming from”. I’ll look forward to your future weather maps with the wind doing as it’s told.

Pete Dalby
Bristol