Boris Johnson does not speak for ordinary Conservatives over international law breach threat - Yorkshire Post Letters

From: Anita Roy, Skelding.

Boris Johnson's handling of Brexit is being called into question.

I am very concerned by the Government’s plan to break promises made in the Withdrawal Agreement. This is the international treaty the UK signed up to less than a year ago. The Northern Ireland Secretary admitted this would break international law.

The Internal Markets Bill would renege on commitments to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland and would set negotiations with Europe back to square one. The Conservatives pride themselves on being the party of law and order, of economic stability and of the Union. Now the Government is openly breaking international law and paving the way to a no-deal economic disaster. How can the Conservative and Unionist party jeopardise the hard-won peace in Northern Ireland?

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The Prime Minister does not speak for ordinary Conservatives. He was elected to deliver a comprehensive, ‘oven-ready’ deal with Europe, which would help communities and businesses. Yet his actions threaten not only the reputation of the Conservative Party, but the global reputation of the UK as a trustworthy nation.

The Government has said that it may have to defy international law over Brexit.

From: Tony Rossiter, West Burton.

I’m afraid Bill Carmichael’s antipathy towards the EU (The Yorkshire Post, September 11) has led him to ignore the bigger picture. The EU is by no means perfect, as I know from personal experience (for six years in the 1990s I was the UK Government’s representative on one of the EU Council’s Working Groups). But with its roots in the post-war need for reconciliation in Europe it is, in my opinion, a noble enterprise.

Far from being “doomed” and destined for “inevitable collapse”, it has been strengthened by Brexit. From the outset of the negotiations it has maintained an impressive unity and consistency in its determination to protect the Single Market (ironically, probably Margaret Thatcher’s greatest achievement).

What a contrast to the UK’s cack-handed negotiating efforts.

From: Janet Toker, Scarborough.

Boris Johnson doesn’t have the skills or the commitment, energy or tenacity to be PM. My opinion is that he will go at the earliest opportunity because this isn’t the premiership he expected. His objective was to get Brexit done and the rest is too detailed and challenging for him to cope with.

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