YP Letters: We can’t blame EU for sticking to the rules we agreed on

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From: John Cole, Oakroyd Terrace, Baildon, Shipley.

DR Liam Fox, the International Trade Secretary, is quoted as saying that the UK appears set to crash out of the EU without a Brexit deal. He alleges this would be due to the “intransigence” of the Brussels machine (The Yorkshire Post, August 6).

This is nonsense. The rules governing a nation leaving the EU were set out in the Lisbon Treaty that the UK (and other members states) signed up to in 2007.

If Brexiteers demand that the remaining 27 should compromise and “show flexibility”, this is really asking for a softening of rules previously laid down and signed up to.

Sticking to what is previously signed up to is not intransigence – it is consistency. Michel Barnier and others are quite within their rights to protect the single market and the “four freedoms”.

From: John Wainwright, Leeds.

IT is only the ‘Remoaners’ who are afraid of having their EU comfort blanket wrenched away, and of the UK having to make its own way in the big wide world – just like we did before we joined the anti-democratic EU.

If Remainer MPs in Parliament manage to block Brexit they are badly misjudging the anger they will provoke, and the result of the next general election will become totally unpredictable.

From: Henry Cobden, Ilkley.

WHY does Theresa May always have to visit Edinburgh for Brexit talks with Nicola Sturgeon?

Shouldn’t Scotland’s First Minister travel to London? Mrs May is still Prime Minister.

From: Thomas Reed, Harrogate.

THERE is more sense in your paper’s comment columns than in the Cabinet. Why doesn’t the Prime Minister delegate domestic policy so she can focus on getting the best Brexit deal? PMs who try to do everything invariably fail. Ask Margaret Thatcher, John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron.

From: Coun Tim Mickleburgh (Lab), Boulevard Avenue, Grimsby.

REALLY the fiasco of Brexit 
can be laid at the door of Ted Heath.

He took us into the European Economic Community without holding a referendum.

From: Jess Holt, Bradford.

AS a 91-year-old whose 
memory isn’t always all that it should be, tell me again, what exactly is Brexit?