SIR – Since details of the draft Withdrawal Agreement have emerged, I have been trying to rationalise how our Prime Minister could have thought it both proper and acceptable to ignore her own commitments to the British people, as set out in her Mansion House and Lancaster House speeches, and to negotiate a deal that is much worse than remaining in the EU. This is a deal that, extraordinarily, infuriates both Remainers and Brexiteers. My conclusion is that Treasury officials and other senior civil servants, together with the Chancellor Philip Hammond and some hand-picked Remainer business leaders, have managed to convince Theresa May that Brexiteers need saving from themselves. They believe complete subservience to the EU in perpetuity is better than the alternative of Britain’s economy crashing and burning outside the EU customs union. Either she has bought this nonsense, or she has gone quite mad. Surely it is the collective duty of Parliament to stop her before it is too late. Bill Simpson SIR – A good deal can be one in which both parties believe they have got a good outcome, or one in which neither thinks so. It can never be one in which one side believes that… Read full this story
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