Reader letter: We must help our EU negotiators

PUBLISHED: 17:12 14 December 2017

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker Theresa May attend a joint press conference in Brussels,  (Xinhua/The European Union) (rh)

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker Theresa May attend a joint press conference in Brussels, (Xinhua/The European Union) (rh)

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One reader believes everyone should accept Brexit and support our negotiators.

The contemptuous response of Clive Lewis MP to the draft deal with the EU is completely predictable.

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Mr Lewis and his Labour colleagues have spent the period since the referendum creating every possible difficulty, obstruction and delay for the UK’s negotiating team for cheap political advantage – and now they have the gall to protest vociferously that the process is taking longer than it should.

They have set the government objectives which they knew were unachievable and now complain that they have not been achieved.

The root of the problem is that Mr Lewis and his media sympathisers have never accepted the result of the referendum and will continue to obstruct, delay and interfere for as long as they are able, ignoring the fact that the referendum gave the serving government the largest mandate for any political action in the long history of the nation.

The EU negotiators, by contrast, enjoy the luxury of knowing that they can deliberate in private, without having to justify their decisions or behaviour on a daily basis to a fractious House of Commons or even an electorate, because they are not elected by anyone but appointed.

This is precisely what is wrong with the EU and why we must leave, namely that it replaces government by elected representative with government by bureaucrat.

Is it too much to hope that Mr Lewis and his fellow-travellers will recognise that Britain faces an existential challenge, and our representatives on the world stage need all the loyalty and support we can afford them.

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