YP Letters: David Davis and Boris Johnson were put in impossible position by Theresa May

Can Theresa May survive the Brexit negotiations of Boris Johnson and David Davis?
Can Theresa May survive the Brexit negotiations of Boris Johnson and David Davis?
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From: Thomas W Jefferson, Batty Lane, Howden, Goole.

YOUR Editorial and Andrew Vine’s highly contentious column (The Yorkshire Post, July 10) attacking the resignations of David Davis and Boris Johnson over Mrs May’s Brexit policy beg the question “If not now, when?”.

Their positions became untenable when Mrs May chose to reject their counsel and for you to expect them to champion a policy they believe to be fundamentally flawed is not realistic. Their resignations were therefore principled, not self-indulgent and whimsical as you suggest.

To claim that the Brexiteers had no strategy for leaving is disingenuous. David Davis’s resignation letter made it clear that Mrs May had over-ruled him by allowing the EU to blatantly ignore the terms of Article 50 which clearly states that our eventual trading arrangements were to be considered alongside the withdrawal agreement.

That fatal error changed the dynamics of the negotiations allowing the EU to put us in a chicken and egg situation on matters like the Irish border.

The fact is that Mrs May is the author of her own woes and has only herself to blame.

From: Hugh Rogers, Messingham Road, Ashby.

WHEN we voted to leave the European Union, it was because we never wanted to be in it in the first place. Originally, we were asked to assent to membership of a trading bloc, not a United States of Europe.

But so much water has gone under the bridge during the intervening period that many people, particularly the young, built their lives and businesses around EU membership. The referendum result, though valid and heartfelt, was therefore a chimera – a dream which many said it was impossible to realise. So it has been proved..

Boris Johnson is right to say that the dream of Brexit has ended. But then, as he should have known, it was always going to because, sadly, Britain is no longer the sturdy, self-confident nation that we once were.

From: JB Haggas, Keighley.

MPs should remember that they were chosen to represent their constituents. If their constituents voted for Brexit, then they should do the same regardless of their personal view.

From: Harry Santiuste, Edenthorpe, Doncaster.

WHEN will our current landlady, Mrs May, realise that her paying customers asked for a full English Brexit and not a continental one?