Opinion Letters

Thursday 17 October 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'Another referendum is the honest thing for UK to do'

Anti-Brexit supporters outside the House of Commons, Westminster, London. Photo: PA
Anti-Brexit supporters outside the House of Commons, Westminster, London. Photo: PA
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

I would like to make some comments regarding John Downing’s article, ‘Neither Ireland nor the EU blinked as the UK lost out – but are we blinkered?’ (Irish Independent, March 13).

Belief in going it alone outside the EU and still hopeful of international investment into the UK when there are perhaps 12 or 13 EU economies with much lower labour and freight costs vying for it is wishful thinking. Multinational competitiveness says No.

Derivative mortgage-backed securities are a principle cause of the EU’s housing, renting and homeless problems, so financial economies (including London) are going to have to pay for depositors’ unlawful loss of interest on their savings.

When Theresa May says the EU is ready to sign the Withdrawal Agreement she’s not being quite honest as no EU citizens have voted on this treaty change, yet most of its workers will be less able to move to any EU economy. It’s a corrupt, unlawful deal.

It’s odd that both the UK and the EU did not go to the EU’s Court of Justice for opinion and ruling on what they were jointly doing to the treaties with restricted immigration law within freedom of movement rights that seems both unlawful and inhumane.

Globally, a Brexit UK will be seen as racist and selfish as will all anti-immigrant economies, which is not where any trading nation seeking consumers wants to be. EU consumers will vote with their pockets too.

The UK will be isolated with a weak sterling, lose competitive advantage to nine other currencies including the euro that will avoid the need for sterling exchange costs, and will have to lower prices to compete with eight non-euro EU economies.

It’s clear the referendum was won by false information, particularly the £350m a week contribution. It’s equally clear most MPs see the staggering cost and don’t want to go there. A new referendum is the only honourable and honest solution.

Michael McPhillips

Ballymun, Dublin 9


The love story that would break Theresa May’s heart

The abduction of Derbforgaill, wife of Tigernan Ua Ruairc in 1152, led to the Norman and later the English invasions of Ireland. Amazing to think that the love of a Derbforgaill by Diarmaid Mac Murchadha, the King of Leinster, would be breaking Theresa May’s heart in 2019.

Declan Foley

Berwick, Australia


Time to ask Dáil to deliver Britain’s Brexit destiny?

Is there any chance Dáil Éireann can vote to rule Britain as our own MPs have treacherously failed to deliver on the 2016 Brexit vote and are clearly incapable of running the UK?

Dominic Shelmerdine

London SW3, UK


No crime was committed when Jesus was crucified

George Dalzell (‘Question over hypocrisy is answered by Trump’s antics’, Letters, Irish Independent, March 13) is confusing religion and belief with history in his assertion that “we”, whoever that might be, “murdered” Jesus by crucifixion.

The simple historical facts are that Jesus, a descendant of the last great Jewish monarch King David, was executed by the Roman state for claiming to be the king of the Jews. This was a direct challenge to the authority of the Roman governor – a capital offence. Jesus was given a trial and many chances to recant but chose not to do so. This made his execution inevitable.

Many Christians believe Jesus had chosen to sacrifice himself and the Roman state was the means by which he achieved this objective. “We”, whoever that might be, committed no murder, nor did the Romans.

Anthony O’Leary

Portmarnock, Co Dublin


Westminster drama is a lesson in true democracy

The scenes in recent days in the UK Parliament made for great television.

Then again, is the (no doubt temporary) breakdown of whipped party politics, and its replacement with individual conscience and principals, such a bad thing?

Isn’t it called democracy, and perhaps we might learn from it?

Roger Blackburn

Naul, Co Dublin


Teens have answers to life, the universe and everything

There has been discussion on secondary school students going “on strike” to protest about Government inaction on climate change.

I am reminded of a line I heard many years ago to the effect we should listen to everything our teenage children have to say while they still know everything!

Paul Harrington

Navan, Co Meath

Irish Independent

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