SIR – While many of we English would agree with his views on the Daily Mail and Daily Express, he is guilty of taking them too seriously and also of harking back to some of their worst excesses. The Brexit vote over here was not wanted by a lot of us, but we live in a democracy and, apart from some very sad people who cannot accept anyone else’s opinion other than their own, we just have to accept it and get on.
Until proper negotiations start none of us know what the final situation on trade and people movement will be. Naturally, we would like the best of all worlds. We are not going to get that but it is too early to know what will result.
We are not going to be bullied in to another referendum to ‘get the right result.’ You were, but that is not our way.
I would also remind Archon that throughout the ‘troubles,’ many English with no roots in Ireland other than a love of the place continued to visit regularly and, while other nations would not do so, the English rugby team always fulfilled their fixtures by playing in Dublin.
Ireland has a special place in English thought and I am sure our government will do its utmost to obtain a Brexit deal which keeps the relationship alive while imposing the minimum of regulation, but whether they are successful or not will depend as much on your partners in the EU as it will on us.