Brexit: ill-informed or vital?
We receive many reader letters and emails about Brexit. Below is a selection from this month
I was interested by J. Dunkerley’s letter (April). Writing from Indre-et-Loire the author was able to tell us that the mood of the British people was changing, without revealing any evidence in support.
Further, we are told that the BBC is pro-Brexit, which will be news to the 71 MPs who feel its coverage has been overtly pro-Remain, and the further 85, disagreeing, who say that it has made a good job of remaining impartial.
Surprisingly, despite not being aware of any post referendum opinion polls the author has formed the certain view that a large majority of the population would now vote to remain.
A simple Google search would have told J. Dunkerley that post-referendum opinion polls have been carried out regularly and show that public opinion has remained almost solidly pro-Brexit. For example, Yougov carried out 22 polls from August 22 to March 27. In one of these there was a one point lead for Remain, three polls were tied and the other 18 showed a small majority in favour of leaving. This gives the lie to the author’s assertion that it is the government that refuses to acknowledge reality, whilst Tony Blair is in touch with the nation’s feelings.
Martin DAVIES, West Sussex
Whether for or against [Brexit] it’s all down to Cameron – without his arrogance it probably wouldn’t exist. He played poker in desperation for votes.
Carl SIMS, Tarn-et-Garonne
As conspiracy theories go, Alison Fraser’s belief (Letters, April) that the EU’s aim is to make us all the same is one of the weirdest I’ve come across. I should like to reassure her that even if we all live for several hundred years, no such thing will happen – the union of Brittany and France took place in 1532 and the Bretons are no less Breton after nearly five centuries. They have, however, been able to exploit their regional identity and have benefited greatly.
There is no reason to fear that being European makes us any the less British. There is everything to fear from no longer being European. I do wonder why Ms Fraser is living in France if she is so terrified of losing her Britishness. Maybe she would be happier back in Brexitland, leaving being European to those of us who greatly value this status.
Lilian McCOBB, Finistère
A bunch of ill-informed and uneducated Brits voted for Brexit, urged on by The Daily Mail, Theresa May is driving Britain over the cliff and I don’t care. I was shocked and disgusted at the referendum result and I’ve applied for French nationality – my dossier has been accepted. I’m sick and tired of reading about Brexit and instead I am concentrating on the French election which is far more interesting to me.
I am a European first and foremost and as regards Brexit, as Rhett Butler said ‘Frankly, I don’t give a damn!’
Pamela LAKE, Paris
Dear Mr Morrisson (Letters, www.connexionfrance.com/Comment/Letters), I am very intelligent and I voted for Brexit as I actually understand why it was necessary to leave the EU – unlike yourself and many others who have opted to leave the UK to live in France and are only concerned about how it will affect you, eg. costly healthcare and the pound exchange rate.
Since the Brexit vote, UK businesses have flourished thanks in part to the lower pound and countries are queuing up to trade with us.
We will also be able to make our own laws and control our own borders. There are plenty of Americans and Canadians and many more non-EU nationals visiting, working or retired in Europe with no problem at all. So come on, look at the bigger picture and don’t condemn it because it doesn’t suit you personally.
A. BROWNLOWE, by email