Monday 25 March 2019

Letters to the Editor: May's unpalatable new Brexit deal simply can't be sweetened

Opposition: An anti-Brexit protester in the rain ahead of the meaningful vote in parliament yesterday which saw the UK prime minister’s deal defeated. Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
Opposition: An anti-Brexit protester in the rain ahead of the meaningful vote in parliament yesterday which saw the UK prime minister’s deal defeated. Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Andrew Stephenson MP's tweet of his box of ghastly doughnuts for the 8am Downing Street whips' office meeting encapsulates Theresa 'Groundhog' May's whole disgusting 'new' Brexit deal and 'guarantees' from the EU: full of holes, half-baked, an extremely poor substitute for something more substantial, the more of it swallowed the more nausea it induces.

Its ingredients are disastrous over the long term, and all the icing and sugar coating in the world won't disguise it.

Mark Boyle
Renfrewshire, Scotland

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The only solution is another vote - then we can all move on

Theresa May has the solution within her grasp. After going through the motions of a deal not accepted by parliament, no deal also voted down and then seeking a further extension from the EU, the EU will probably only accede on the basis of a 'new' referendum. This new referendum should have three options - present deal, no-deal exit and remain.

It should be voted on by PR (with a first and second preference) - least popular option eliminated and second preference transferred to give a greater than 50pc majority. I have a sense that despite a three-way split, the present deal would win. Hard-line Brexiteers would lose, but wouldn't complain because they had their say. We could all then get back to the rest of our lives.

Tom O'Carroll
Lisdowney, Co Kilkenny

Let people in the North have their say over the backstop

With the countdown continuing towards the Brexit deadline at the end of March, and the stop-gap conundrum, and the British government's decision to renege on the deal it signed with the EU, I would like to put forward a suggestion I put to the DUP and Arlene Foster through your newspaper last September. I asked her to be the hero for the sake of all the people of these islands and accept a backstop for Northern Ireland.

I did not expect a positive response from the DUP. But in light of the impending doomsday scenario of a hard Brexit and the undoubted massive damage it would cause to this island both North and south, could I suggest that a plebiscite be held in Northern Ireland on the backstop? It has become apparent in recent months that there is massive cross-community support for such a vote. For the first time in its history, the people of the North could collectively decide to accept or reject the backstop as one community for the common good.

Thus they would let the UK government off the hook. I am sure if all the parties in the currently defunct assembly gathered there to mandate such a plebiscite, then the DUP would be forced to accept such a decision.

Peter Monahan
Drogheda, Co Meath

Question over hypocrisy is answered by Trump's antics

Eric Conway, from Navan (Letters, Irish Independent, March 11), argues that people with a social conscience, like Barbra Streisand and George Clooney, are hypocrites because they condemn Donald Trump's wall while at the same time having walls around their homes.

It hasn't yet dawned on Eric that Trump really has no interest in walls or so-called security. The only thing that interests Trump is himself and how he can continue to exploit so many of those who voted for him by playing on their hopelessness, while doing nothing to alleviate the pain of their poverty and their rejection by a society whose values are limited to individual success and have nothing in common with our values of compassion, or our understanding that in our Western European economic societies, the winners, and their minion cohorts, care only for themselves without thinking of how their actions intrinsically lead to the harm and impoverishment of others.

If Jesus Christ came down to us today, within those 40 days before the anniversary of our rejection of him and our murder of him by crucifixion, Trump, with our help, would crucify him again without a moment's hesitation. So, Eric, who are the real hypocrites?

George Dalzell
Stillorgan, Co Dublin

Taoiseach has got it horribly wrong over case of Isil bride

Your editorial (March 11) concludes: "It's time to help Ms Smith come home." I am not going to argue the pros or cons of this stance, but I am simply going to state that as a taxpayer of 35 years I have never felt so angry as I currently do at the thought of a single cent being spent by our Government on repatriating this individual. Furthermore, I found the use of the word "compassionate" by our Taoiseach to be the most sickening use of language I can ever recall in Irish politics.

Gerry Kelly
Rathgar, Dublin

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