Saturday 20 July 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'It’s not a hard concept – we want out of EU now'

Time’s up: Brexit supporters at a ‘Leave Means Leave’ rally in London on Thursday. Photo: Reuters
Time’s up: Brexit supporters at a ‘Leave Means Leave’ rally in London on Thursday. Photo: Reuters
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Some of us don't agree with Theresa May on everything, but around 17.4 million people explicitly agree with her over Brexit. In June 2016, the UK unashamedly voted to leave the EU by 52pc to 48pc.

Leave meant leave then, and leave means leave now. The definition of the word 'leave' has not changed - editors of the Oxford Dictionary have confirmed it. The question has to be asked: do 650 MPs in Parliament have some difficulty in understanding simple English vocabulary?

Let us educate them on their higgledy-piggledy with the term 'leave.' Voters were asked to place an X in one of two boxes: either remain a member of the EU or leave - 17.4 million people in the UK knew exactly, without any dubiety or question, what they were doing and how they were voting when they placed their cross in the 'leave' box.

A large number of these MPs somehow forget a palpable fact: with more than 33.6 million people voting, the referendum turnout was 72.2pc - it was one of the biggest democratic mandates for any party or policy in British history. The joint instruction they gave Parliament was plain and simple: as a nation, we want to leave the EU. This decision was accepted by the House of Commons and endorsed in the manifestos of both main political parties. Yes, they agreed to respect the wishes of the electorate.

The unswerving craving of leavers was for the nation to get back British sovereignty. All they were hearing from the EU was the constant deafening cry of 'we want ever closer union' and 'we decide your rules, laws and regulations'.

Donald J Morrison

Inverness, Scotland

Corbyn's idiocy does not bode well for UK's future

So Jeremy Corbyn, before he accepts Theresa May's cross-party invitation to finding a solution to the Brexit impasse, wants to set down the precondition that accepting a no-deal scenario is off the table in discussions with the EU.

Obviously it would be better for all of us, particularly Ireland, if Brexit did not happen - but speaking as devil's advocate here, I assume Mr Corbyn wants Mrs May's job in the British Parliament and if indeed he rises to that position of power, I would also assume he would be called on to represent his country's position when negotiating a Brexit with the EU.

Now stop me if I am wrong here, but is this not the most stupid position to start from when going into any negotiation, particularly one as sensitive and important to the British as this is?

Starting from this position is akin to someone going into a forecourt to buy a car and telling the salesperson that under no circumstances will they go below the asking price of the car.

If this is the level of intelligence representing the British people then I would fear for their economy in the aftermath of whatever Brexit deal is done.

Anthony McGeough

Kingswood Heights, Dublin 24

Jeremy is a silly sausage at the Brexit buffet

Jeremy Corbyn's refusal to discuss Brexit with the UK prime minister unless no-deal is taken off the table reminds me of the vegan who refuses to partake in a buffet, groaning with vegetable delights where the sole meat item is a plate of sausages that was only included to nominally cater for another dietary minority and which no sensible diner will actually touch.

John Eoin Douglas

Edinburgh, Scotland

Paschal is leading drive to punish FG over roads

During the last general election campaign, Paschal Donohoe boasted that by not allowing the desperately needed motorway between Cork and Limerick to proceed, he had saved the country €1bn.

This reckless decision has cost the country thousands of lost hours and continuous frustration at being delayed in towns and villages along this very bad road between our second and third major cities.

The cost in lost potential business development is incalculable.

The political cost to Fine Gael candidates such as Kieran O'Donnell losing his Dáil seat and countless others, contributed to the political crisis which eventually resulted in Fine Gael having to rely on Independents and others to form a government.

This week we also discovered that the new National Children's Hospital is to cost twice the original estimate.

The no-motorway no-vote campaign in Munster will surely be even more devastating for Fine Gael when votes are counted after the next general election, as not one centimetre of motorway will have been built during two terms in government.

James Ryan

Castleconnell, Co Limerick

Saving the planet with a diet is a tightrope walk

'The Lancet' report on diet reminds me of a man who said "if you want a balanced diet, eat a tightrope".

John Williams

Clonmel, Co Tipperary

We can't compromise on rights of our EU citizens

The EU is an awesome endeavour allowing Europe to compete globally and no European economy can afford not to be part of it. Grounded in non-discrimination of any of its citizens, any compromise is a betrayal of its 500 million citizens.

Demanding the right to sell goods and services to all EU citizens, but also the right to forbid some of them from working in the UK on equal terms with all UK citizens is a step too far from equality of treatment and non-discrimination for acceptance.

Reserving freedom of movement only for an elite cohort of citizens is returning the EU to individual economies where the wealthiest can buy the skills and technology of the best educated from poorer economies to gain unfair competitive advantage.

The EU is a partnership of 28 economies whose citizens are entitled to full democratic governance, which includes non-negotiable fundamental rights to equality of treatment. Demanding to limit those rights on grounds of nationality is unlawful and immoral.

The people of Northern Ireland would never contemplate joining the Republic without guarantees of constitutional rights presently not enforced, while the Republic would have to borrow all of the subvention presently enjoyed by the North.

Michael McPhillips

Ballymun, Dublin 9

Surely it's time to release the Trump tapes, Putin

Mandy Rice-Davies's famous riposte to Lord Astor's denial that he had had an affair with her - "Well, he would say that wouldn't he" - is an apt response to Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov's denial that Donald Trump had worked for Moscow's interests.

It cannot be coincidental that, like his friend Trump, Lavrov blames this accusation on a dramatic plunge in the standards of journalism when he knows that it was the FBI who first mooted this possibility, and not without cause.

Asked whether Russia would release the minutes of meetings between Trump and Putin, Lavrov said it defied the basic culture of democracy.

What is in those minutes, hastily snatched from the hands of the American minute-taker by Trump himself, that would endanger democracy?

On the other hand, what is in those minutes that forces Trump to such aggressive physical behaviour, and the Russians to such asinine comments that open them as much to the ridicule of the world as Trump has?

Putin must be livid that Trump hasn't yet learned how to control Congress, the American press and his opponents, à la Putin.

But this is perhaps one of Putin's few failures, not having realised in 2016 that Trump is just about bluster, whose sociopathic nature is only about immediate self-gratification.

What a person to put your trust in, Vladimir.

Perhaps it's time to release those tapes.

Liam Harrington

Castletownbere, Co Cork

Food is killing us - yet we now live longer than ever

One pint of beer and we're over the limit. One cocktail sausage and we've consumed too much pork. More than half a meatball a day may be a catastrophe - ditto with 29g of chicken in any 24 hours.

We must only drink a half-pint of milk daily, and don't eat cheese on the same day.

Don't even mention wine.

The good news is we have to eat 18 times as much dry beans, soy, and nuts as presently consumed.

Living is dangerous and the older we get, the more dangerous life becomes.

But somehow by eating all that meat and drinking all that milk, and avoiding eating too many beans, soy and nuts, we have managed to achieve a longer lifespan than any previous generation.

Brendan Wright

Lucan, Co Dublin

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