Where’s Remain’s plan to succeed in stopping Brexit?

PUBLISHED: 14:35 25 February 2019 | UPDATED: 14:35 25 February 2019

Demonstrators hold placards and European Union flags as they take part in a march calling for a People's Vote on the final Brexit deal. (Photo: NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images)

Demonstrators hold placards and European Union flags as they take part in a march calling for a People's Vote on the final Brexit deal. (Photo: NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images)

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SARAH PENNIE says Remain still does not have a clear message to put to voters.

Anthony Daly (Letters, TNE #132) is right, and I wonder too why a positive Remain message is not being put across. We have accused the Leavers of failing to offer a plan, but where is ours? Leave had a campaign and leadership, and still do, but where is ours now?

It is not enough to say what we are against and which personalities are failing this country in a crisis, picking them out for ridicule. We need to provide a positive alternative for a reforming future within the EU.

It is unlikely that leadership will come from either frontbench, or from ex-leaders who carry too much political baggage, but there are backbenchers who are proving themselves almost daily, and people on the fringes of politics who certainly have the brainpower to lead.

If they are unsure of the response in the country because f so much propaganda about ‘the will of the people’, perhaps they should try, and see what happens before it’s too late.

Sarah Pennie, Todmorden

Should the dreaded Brexit occur, I have been thinking how those of us opposed to it can mark this sad event.

Brexit Day should be declared an informal day of mourning. Black clothing should be worn, and flags flown at half-mast. If any coins are issued to commemorate Brexit, we should refuse them at a bank, and if given them in change, donate them to a Europe-facing charity.

Each of us should write to a citizen of an EU country to disassociate ourselves from Brexit. Those without European friends to contact could write to the ambassador of an EU country in the UK, or to the commission itself.

Local councillors should introduce motions rejecting Brexit. A copy of these should then be widely distributed.

We should all write to the European Commission to ask for associate citizenship of an EU country, with the right to a passport, if not to residence. This would, if successful, prevent our having to use our British passport abroad and the non-EU channel at airports. A charge could be made for this associate citizenship.

Meanwhile, I continue to hope that Brexit can be stopped by a People’s Vote for remaining in the EU.

Margaret Connolly, Llantwit Major

The government’s Brexit shambles reminds me of the Abilene Paradox: “Committees or groups of people collectively make decisions or embark on courses of action, which they know as individuals to be stupid.”

The government has respected the result of the 2016 referendum by trying to leave the EU, but has failed to get parliamentary approval for a deal.

It is now clear that any Brexit deal will leave us worse off, so the government should respect the national interest, and reconsider its options.

Ignoring tribal loyalties, Theresa May should remove her blinkers and ask the public if this what they imagined Brexit to mean for our future.

David Murray, Wolverhampton

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