Reading about Brexit and its emerging realities on the sixth anniversary of the UK’s vote to leave the EU (Brexit is worsening the cost of living crisis, new research finds, 22 June ), I remembered the story of Hans Christian Andersen The Emperor’s New Clothes. Here the weavers persisted in the lie that they were creating the most fantastic set of clothes for the emperor. He believed them, despite the fact that there was no proof of their existence. He was so certain of this false narrative that he led a public procession celebrating their wearing, only for a child to say, “He has nothing on.”
As Covid rolls away, along with the other excuses touted by the Brexit brethren, British businesses, farmers, fishermen and scientists are now realizing the ugly truth: Brexit was a fraud of gigantic proportions. To disconnect from its neighbor and largest trading partner has always been foolish and, in economic terms, suicidal.
The weavers of Brexit convinced voters that they would regain their sovereignty, even if they never lost it. They told tales of incredible wealth generated by all sorts of magical trade deals, even though former British leaders such as Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher were representatives of a Europe which would make trade its central theme and which, together with a series of rights-based agreements based on genuine human values would ban war from within for future generations.
At least the Emperor finally realized his madness. It is time for the British people to realize the same as soon as possible.
Ballycumber, County Offaly, Ireland
On the sixth anniversary of the Brexit vote, a reminder of some points raised by the Vote Leave campaign: If we vote leave, we can create a fairer and more humane immigration system. We can have a friendlier relationship with the EU based on trade. We will be free to trade with the whole world. We send over £350m to the EU every week, enough to build a modern hospital every week of the year. God forbid we were lied to, or am I missing something?
Labor will ‘better, not scrap’ Brexit deal, says David Lammy (Report, June 23). Can I suggest an area for improvement? We took our border terrier to the vet last week for a holiday in the EU. At a cost of nearly £200, we received a complex 10-page “Animal Health Certificate for the non-commercial movement to a Member State from a third country of dogs…” with some 22 official veterinary stamps. This was not needed before Brexit – and, while a Labor government was willing to approach talks with the EU constructively, it is unlikely to be seen as necessary now.
Going forward, the vet’s practical advice was to bypass the certificate and associated costs by getting an EU issued pet passport. Oh, that we humans might choose to take a similar approach.
One of Boris Johnson’s cheerleaders who praises his ‘leadership’ on Ukraine and his close relationship with its president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, would like to explain why she maintains her contempt for the EU despite the clear benefits that Ukraine sees to become a member?